When THE DIRT BOOK came out in June, programs at Springfield public libraries were all virtual so we decided to hold off for a while. This Wednesday evening at 7:00 at The Library Center on S. Campbell, we’re finally going to have that program.
I’m excited about the evening’s program. Jordi Raos from the Conservation Nature Center will be there with animals to show the audience. So will Jamie Williams from Dickerson Park Zoo. These will all be animals that use dirt for nesting, hunting, or hiding during at least part of their lives. Most if not all of the creatures also appear in THE DIRT BOOK. The popular folksinger, Judy Domeny, is coming to sing songs inspired by poems in the book.
Following my all-star cast, I’ll talk briefly about THE DIRT BOOK and how/why I wrote it, read two or three poems from it, and answer questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the lobby after the program and I’ll be happy to sign for anyone who wishes. This is a busy time of year with families getting their students back in school so I hope you’ll pass this information along to anyone you know in our area. The more parents and teachers who know about the opportunity, the better. Thank you!
Another week has flown by. I’m down to the last two poems in the first two quarters of a school year for “the project.” When I finish early next week, I’d like to take a few days off before tackling quarters three and four. That will give me a little time to push forward on a trade book I have in mind.I can’t pull off for long though. This first half has 30 poems in it; the second, 45. I’ll need to review the work-days I can count on between now and November 15 and judge from that.
Next week, on September 1, I’ll have a lot of fun presenting a program at Springfield’s main library, The Library Center, at 7:00 p.m.. To help me talk about THE DIRT BOOK and the importance of dirt, representatives from the Nature Center and Dickerson Park Zoo will bring some live animals to show the kids in the audience. Some of the exhibits are in my book. Additionally, the well-known folk singer Judy Domeny will perform songs based on poems in the book. I can’t wait to hear her.
“We are thrilled to welcome children’s book author David L Harrison Saturday, August 21st from 12-2 PM to celebrate the release of his newest publication, THE DIRT BOOK! This event will be held in our backyard and masks are required for all in attendance. This is an event for children, so let’s keep them and each other as safe as possible ~ thank you for your cooperation! THE DIRT BOOK and many other of David’s books will be available for sale at the event! Link to the event is in the comments!“
We’ll all have our masks on and keep our distance except when I’m signing a book but it’s the first in-person signing I’ve done since THE DIRT BOOK came out in June so I’m excited. My thanks to Jen Murvin for hosting me at her one-of-a-kind shop on historic Walnut Street in Springfield. Back in the day this was an area populated by the elite. The houses are large and stately and today’s owners maintain them beautifully. Jen has converted one of those beautiful old homes into a unique book store like none I’ve ever seen.
The week just ending has been another productive one. I sent six new poems to my writing partner, Tim Rasinski. That’s 22 down, 53 to go. I’ve been invited to be a reader/speaker at a virtual children’s literature conference in February. An article I sent to The California Reader is out with reviewers and tentatively planned for the winter issue. It’s called “Poetry for All.” I hope to hear back by the end of the month from an editor who is giving serious consideration to new nonfiction idea I sent her. I wrote the proposal in two ways to give her a choice. I’ve been invited to make a 20-30 minute video about poetry to be shown at the upcoming California Reading Association Conference. The conference is all virtual this year so I can prerecord the video and still attend the American Association for School Librarians Conference in Salt Lake City that meets on the same dates in October. It will be the first time I’ve spoken at two conferences at once. (:>
My sweetie went out for a bottle of champagne and Jeff snapped a picture of me “signing” the new contract for the record, a nice way to end the day.
This morning at 11:00 CT I’m signing copies of THE DIRT BOOK and other titles in stock at the famous Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. It’s a busy store with limited space inside so visiting authors sit outside on the porch. I’ve had sweet experiences there.
I received a nice note from my public librarian friend in Springfield, Sarah Bean Thompson, telling me she is attending the virtual national conference of American Library Association (ALA) and one of the sessions she signing up to watch is presented by Holiday House Publishing. Naturally it’s about recent HH releases and THE DIRT BOOK is featured.
It’s good to know that the book made it to ALA even though I didn’t! I will be at AASL (American Association for School Librarians) in October so for that one my book and I will travel together.