Abby Wasserman
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Abby WassermanAbby Wasserman grew up in the Bay Area loving the arts. In her youth she played the piano, painted, acted, danced and wrote. She attended San Francisco State and New York University, where she studied theater education. In the late 1970s to early 1980s Abby wrote freelance on visual and performing arts and reviewed galleries and museums for newspapers in the Washington D.C. area.

In the mid-1980s Abby returned to the Bay Area and wrote art and museum reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Museum of California magazine, published by the Oakland Museum of California. She was offered a job writing and editing at the museum and soon rose to editor-in-chief. She edited the magazine for 14 years.

During those years, Abby produced two books: Praise, Vilification and Sexual Innuendo or, How to Be a Critic: The Selected Writings of John L. Wasserman, 1964-1979, about her late brother, the Chronicle critic and entertainment writer, featuring a narrative about his life and some 90 of his columns; and The Spirit of Oakland, an anthology of Oakland History from multicultural perspectives.

Abby has recently been concentrating on writing and illustrating children's books. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and is affiliated with the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Since 2003, Abby has served on the Board of the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley. She facilitates two writing groups at the Center while devoting most of her time to writing and art.

Abby and her children's books were highlighted in recent newspaper articles and reviews of TOSCA'S PARIS ADVENTURE.

Visitors wishing more information about Abby's works and services are welcome to contact her.

Photograph by Potter Wickware