Local author Stephen Nawotniak had a passion for writing and it morphed into something more.
“"Mubu the Morph," really it came from shared process of humanity of trying to figure out who we are and what are gifts are and how do we share them,” Nawotniak explained.
He teamed up with illustrator Jeff Perdziak and the two Clarence residents set out to make his dream a reality. Nawotniak said the idea came from struggles with his own disability.
“I have a bipolar condition and I’m an occupational therapist. It’s very easy to think less of yourself."
Nawotniak said the book is not about disabilities but about celebrating differences and the story captures that emotion with the help of the illustrations.
“As an artist, you want people to look at your work and be effected by it, especially children. It is fun doing drawings for the kids,” Perdziak said.
Whether you are a toddler or an adult, they hope that the book will make a difference in the lives of people across Western New York.
“Because I have a bipolar condition, I feel a responsibility to demystify it and take out some of the social stigmas of it,” Nawotniak said.
The books were published by People Inc. Press and are being displayed at the Museum of Disability History in Amherst. The duo will be having a book signing this weekend to pass on their message.
“I really want to share some of those qualities and get back to what we all are as human beings,” Nawotniak said.
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