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.
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.
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!
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.
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.