Virtual Author Visit: Emily Balsley

Wednesday, September 22nd

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

From Christina Tosi, the playful creator of the popular bakery Milk Bar, this is the story of a girl whose delicious dream comes to life, filling the world with color, creativity, and joy. Original recipe included!

Everything in Samesville is exactly the same, from the people and their clothes to the houses and their doors.

So one night before going to bed, Sammi tucks a recipe card under her pillow and wishes that things were not the same. And when she wakes up, that white, black, gray sameness is gone, replaced with things that are bolder and brighter and wilder than ever before!

With her newly colorful world and a new recipe book, she gathers her friends and makes the most magical cake, beautiful and different--just like Sammi and her friends.

Things will never be the same again.


About the Illustrator

I’m an artist by day and night. (Who needs sleep?) I’m a mom to a sweet, creative daughter and wife to a loving, yogi husband. When I’m not drawing or hanging with the fam,

I love riding my bike, doing DIY house projects, boxing, perusing instagram and chilling with my friends. I’m a Wisconsin girl at heart and am proud to call Madison, USA my home. I’m forever an optimist and always have WAY too many things on my to-do list. I love BLTs, creamy soup and pepperoni pizza. I could put pom-poms or polka dots on

everything and I love color. Tomato red, Pepto Bismol pink, and sky blue are frequent players, though, when it comes to color, anything goes!


About the Author

First, a little bit about me. I majored in math and fell into baking. I was raised by strong women who taught me to be unapologetically intense and passionate about, well, anything and everything that fed my heart. So, even though I suppose I could have been a baller mathematician, I ended up storming the professional kitchens of NYC. 

My greatest happy place over the last decade has been building a bakery empire. You may have heard of it…it’s called Milk Bar. I am very much Milk Bar and Milk Bar is very much me. But, there’s more to me than that.

I’m an obsessive. An over achiever. Give me a to-do list and I will not stop until it’s complete. I am relentless to a fault. I am a giver. A doer. A lover. A learner. A daydreamer. A wanderlust. I dare to never grow old. I’m a long distance runner who loves the pursuit of every seemingly impossible challenge. I adore the human spirit in all its imperfect ways and I love celebrating people exactly as they are. My brain is constantly in motion. Creativity is my fiercest fuel.

I believe in leaving it all on the court and ALWAYS bringing baked goods to share.