Yesterday I felt like something good was going to happen, and it did. I received copies of a Chinese edition of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It’s issued by Beijing DangDang Kewen E-Commerce Co., Ltd. I don’t think I’ve ever been in Chinese, unless it was THE BOOK OF GIANTS STORIES long ago. Got a nice advance both in hardback and paper, and I had no idea this was in the works.
My gratitude again to my great editor, Karen Boss, and my partner for the book, the wonderful artist, Giles Laroche. We made a good team and enjoyed the process. I hope this is the first of many translations!
Yesterday at my Barnes & Noble signing:
My thanks to Kathy McQueen for introducing me to her grandson. It was a highlight of the event.
Writers Hall of Fame was having a Book Fair at the store, meaning that a percent of all purchases accompanied with a free coupon went to the organization for future writing scholarships to budding young writers.
To do my part I signed copies of the three recent titles: 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.
As always, my thanks to Renee Hunt, Jim Troye, and everyone at Barnes & Noble for making my stay so enjoyable.
Tomorrow evening I’ll give a program at The Library Center in Springfield, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., 417-882-0714. Here are the particulars as they appear in the program.
Crawly School for Bugs… An Evening with David Harrison
Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. for all ages in the auditorium. Children’s award-winning author and poet David Harrison, of Springfield, introduces three of his latest books including a unique school where insects go to learn their trades. Enjoy readings, a discussion about writing for children and a Q&A — useful for anyone interested in children’s literature and how it’s created. Children are welcome; David will ask for volunteers to help read some poems. Stay for drawings for four free autographed books.
The other two books I’ll discuss are A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and 7 KEYS TO RESEARCH FOR WRITING SUCCESS.
Thanks to Barnes & Noble for providing several of my titles, including the three new ones, for sale in the lobby.
Yesterday Sandy and I had a good time on Larry Freund’s show along with co-host David Eslick.
Our thanks to Larry for inviting us. Sandy fielded questions about her years as a high school counselor and how much she enjoyed working with students, teachers, and parents. She also responded to questions about our gift store, Gamble’s Gifts, and talked about our most important lines, including Waterford Crystal, Lladro, Vietri, Thymes, and gurgle pots, as well as the hard work of going to markets year after year to seek new trends and products to keep customers coming back. She doesn’t know how many markets she has attended but in the thirty-three years we’ve owned the store she estimates the number at over seventy markets in Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas.
One point Sandy made was that the store is open even though the entire shopping center is under dramatic renovation and gives the appearance that no one could possibly be conducting business under such circumstances. Here’s what we’re dealing with these days, and will be for another several months.
During my parts, I mostly talked about books and literacy and my new releases. I even had a chance to read a poem from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and two from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.
Again, our thanks to Larry and David.