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November 14, The All-American Art Unwind

In a November 4 article titled “The Zen of Adult Coloring Books,” the Atlantic magazine went nuts over the idea that grown-ass men and ladies are now picking up crayons and coloring books—as a way of finding inner peace.

“There's something satisfying about seeing your thought and effort create a tangible, pretty thing at a reasonable, predictable pace,” writer Julie Beck mused. “That rarely happens in real life.”

Skeptical? You could steal a kid's activity book. Or you could attend the All-American Art Unwind this Saturday, November 14, at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

Customers (adults and kids alike) will have the chance to color in the works of Millie Marotta, the artist behind the Animal Kingdom and Tropical World coloring books. Participants who upload their masterpieces to Instagram or Twitter with the #BNArtUnwind hashtag will have the chance to be included in a “national digital art mosaic.” See, don't you feel happier already? Free, noon-5 p.m. at participating Barnes & Noble stores,