A relaxing time at the lake

Hi everyone,

Back from a few days at Table Rock Lake at Branson. The leaves were spectacular as well as the sunsets.
Now it’s back to work. I haven’t started anything new in a while so I’m eager to get back in the groove. Lots of loose ends need tying and I’m behind on correspondence. In the mail was a lovely note from a young miss who loves CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. She also offered some ideas of her own. That’s the best kind of fan letter.

Upcoming events

Hi everyone,

As we start winding down August, I’m looking at what’s coming up in September. Three dates I like. On September 1, although I won’t be there at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., my book will. CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS will be there representing Missouri. I’m delighted that Joan Arth will be attending the Missouri booth to hand out bookmarks from my book. Thanks, Joanie!

On September 7, I’m joining with Southwest Missouri State University professor and poet, Marcus Cafagna plus two of his outstanding poetry students — Brandon Henry and Ali Geren — to present an evening of poetry at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield. It starts at 7:00.

On September 11, I’ll be back at The Library Center on a three-person panel as part of a grant-funded Great American Read series. The panel will talk about why people love to read, what they get out of it, and why certain books leave indelible impressions. I’m looking forward to that one too.

There will be some travel in September, and writing. It looks like a month that’s going to go by in a hurry.

Hooray!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I received the news that CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS has been selected to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C. in September. I feel honored and very grateful.

The selection was made by Missouri’s Center for the Book, which also picked my book PIRATES to represent Missouri at the 2013 National Book Fair.

I’m looking for a list of previous honorees. Cheryl Harness, I know you’re on the list and I think Judy Young is also. I’d like to post the whole list when I find it.

Saturday, Part 2

Hi everyone,

I’m in mid-chores so this isn’t working out well for posting today. I will share this review of CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS in the Seattle Book Review. It was written by Rosi Hollinbeck and I couldn’t be happier. Rosi, thank you very much!
https://seattlebookreview.com/product/crawly-school-for-bugs-poems-to-drive-you-buggy/
It’s not only a wonderful review, it’s one of the few to come in so far from readers. The critics like it a lot but only a pair of readers have left comments. It’s ratings on Amazon have been going up and down, another unusual pattern.