Early thoughts for the week

Hi everyone,

Wow. It must be Monday. When I sat down to work at 6:15, I already had a rejection in my e-mail. It’s a whimsical story that may or may not find a home somewhere, and this is only the first time out, but still I wish I’d had my coffee first.

Today I’m working on a science story that I think is good but so far hasn’t found its niche. I’ve pulled it aside to rework by telling it in a different voice. I hate to see a good story go to waste.

My thanks again to the folks at The Library Center in Springfield for putting together, promoting, and hosting the virtual presentation Saturday morning by Jane Yolen and me. It turned out well. During the AFTER DARK segment, kids gave me some sound effects to one poem and we did some echo reading with a couple of others. Jane joined me for the next forty minutes to talk about and read from RUM PUM PUM. All in all, a quick sixty minutes.

On Wednesday Jane and I have a conference call with an editor to discuss options on what we might do for them. Looking forward to that.

How to get books for tomorrow’s event

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow morning at 11:00 I, along with Jane Yolen, will give a virtual presentation at The Library Center. You can still sign up today for the free program by calling the library and give them your library card ID. This will be a very kid friendly event. I’ll read a poem or two from AFTER DARK and kids who are signed up can follow me along with echo reading and sound effects. Then Jane comes on and we’ll read from and talk about our book, RUM PUM PUM, about a little boy in India who misplaces his drum. A friendless tiger finds it, learns how to make it “talk,” and sets off down the road attracting a parade of new friends.

These two books as well as other of my titles are available through Pagination Bookshop at 1150 E. Walnut Street, an independent bookstore and literary venue housed in a historic home built in 1905.
You can contact Jen Murvin and the staff at paginationbookshop@gmail.com or visit visit the store in person. They’re open to socially distanced and masked browsing Tuesdays-Sundays 12-5, with extended hours Saturday until 6 PM, and their ONLINE STORE is open 24/7! You can choose in-store pick up, shipping, or ship a gift to a loved one. Jen is offering a 15% discount on my books so that’s a good deal. If you want me to sign your books, let her know and I’ll take care of it when I go to her beautiful store later to sign them.

I hope to see some of you tomorrow.

Library Program this Saturday

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that this Saturday Jane Yolen and I will give a virtual presentation at The Library Center in Springfield, Missouri. Here’s the information printed in the Library District review of upcoming activities and programs at each branch.

Harrison and Friend Present: Tigers, Wolves and Skunks, Oh My!
December 17, 2020 — Celebrate Springfield’s favorite children’s author and the release of his latest two titles at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, for grades K-5.

David L. Harrison introduces “After Dark,” about creatures of the night, and “Rum Pum Pum,” about a lost drum and a friendless tiger that finds it. Join us for this virtual event to hear the author read from both books and tell you how he wrote them.

David will be joined by Jane Yolen, renowned author of 398 books for children and adults, and an esteemed poet and essayist.

Viewers are invited to supply sound effects and echo reading during the event! Registrations accepted Dec. 23-Jan. 8 and must be made by a parent or guardian by emailing nanceed@thelibrary.org and providing their library card number. A link and password to access the virtual event will be shared with registered participants.

David’s books are available for purchase at Pagination Bookshop, 1150 E. Walnut St., Springfield. Place an order by emailing paginationbookshop@gmail.com, provide name and how you would like the book(s) personalized by David Harrison. Or message to facebook.com/paginationbookshop or Instagram instagram.com/paginationbookshop/.

Couple of things

Hi everyone,

Monday I posted that over the previous weekend three education book proposals began taking shape. Yesterday the first of the three was fleshed out and submitted. Not a word of the book has been written yet so if we are accepted I’m going to have a lot of work coming up. One or both of the other two may not be finalized until January but suddenly January isn’t so far off.

Speaking of January, at 11:00 a.m. CST on the 9th, Jane Yolen and I are scheduled for a Zoom presentation hosted by The Library Center in Springfield. We’ll be talking about RUM PUM PUM and I look forward to it. I’ll also talk about AFTER DARK. More detail about that one soon. I hope you’ll be able to join us for the occasion.

Take an AFTER DARK story walk in New Hampshire

REMINDER: Tune in KSMU this morning at 9:45 to hear the first segment of POETRY PALS, the new show that airs people reading poems for kids. I lead off today so I hope you’ll tune in. In Springfield you’ll find us at 91.1 FM and anywhere in the world you can follow through live-streaming on their website, http://www.ksmu.org.

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Matt Forrest Esenwine posted about how AFTER DARK is being used at part of a library sponsored nature walk. Many of you saw it but here’s the link to that. https://www.facebook.com/MattForrestVoice/posts/2852259121510385?comment_id=2852675348135429&reply_comment_id=2853310691405228&notif_id=1589847899277661&notif_t=comment_mention Sorry I haven’t mastered the art of shortening these addresses. Kathy Temean gave me a lesson once but I’ve long since forgotten how it worked. Anyway, Matt had told children’s librarian Sue Matott at the Pillsbury Free Library in Warner, NH about my book, she got a copy for her library, and it wound up being put to use in one of her “Story Walk” programs. Many thanks are due, first to Matt of course!, and then to Sue.

Intrigued by the notion of having story walks, I contacted Sue and she responded.

“We have many rail trails here. They are being built and groomed, trying to connect them so bikers and walkers can go many places freely and not be bothered on roads! One such section was finished 2 years ago and it ends (begins) right next to my library. Its a beautiful section about 1/3 of a mile long that has a covered bridge on the other end. So, one of my patrons was wanting to do his eagle scout badge but was “stuck” as to what to do! I was dreaming of a story walk, and poof, the concept was brought to reality!! He (and his troop) did all the work! Alex and I came up with the design together. I am now responsible for the stories, and the rail trail group maintains the trail! I have 21 podiums, each has a page of the book, so as you take the wonderful walk along the river, you read the book. If the story is too long, I double the pages on the podiums, or if too short I usually add poems that are related to the topic of that particular story.”

Sue Matott
Children’s Librarian
Pillsbury Free Library
PO Box 299/ 18 E. Main St.
Warner NH 03278
603-456-2289
pfl.child@tds.net

Welcome to the Library!

Isn’t this a grand idea? With Sue’s permission I posted this today to introduce you to her program and encourage folks in other parts of the country to consider doing something similar.