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all about wendy

Wendy MacNaughton is a NYT best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her books include Meanwhile in San Francisco, The City in its Own Words (Chronicle), The Gutsy Girl (Bloomsbury), SALT FAT ACID HEAT (Simon & Schuster), Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury)Pen and Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), Knives & Ink: Chefs and The Stories Behind Their Tattoos (Bloomsbury), The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt),The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the forthcoming Leave Me Alone with the Recipes, The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles (Bloomsbury). Wendy is the back page columnist for California Sunday Magazine, and co-founder of Women Who Draw

Before all that stuff, she studied art and social work, worked as a copywriter in advertising, a campaign director for non-profits, a bookseller in a used bookstore, and a counselor on a suicide hotline. She also created the national campaign for the first democratic elections in Rwanda, health education materials for nomadic tribes in Northern Kenya, and a short film in Eastern Congo. She lives in Potrero Hill with her partner (and frequent collaborator) the writer Caroline Paul, two cats and a dog.

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