No more Pirates

Hi everyone,

I’m looking down the list of titles that Boyds Mills just took out of their line. I’m going to miss PIRATES and those wonderful paintings by Dan Burr. Its recognitions included: Kansas State Reading Circle List, 2009; NCTE Notable Poetry Books, 2008; nominated for Cybils Award; VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List, 2009; Texas Bluebonnet Master Reading List, 2010-2011; Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Master Reading List, 2011-2012; selected by Missouri Center for the Book to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C., 2013.

Dan and I introduced PIRATES at Texas Library Association in 2008. We had no idea who the guy dressed like a pirate was. He just appeared and stood in behind us for the picture. The Center for the Book held a reception in Warrensburg for Dan and me. Here’s the link. What a great party that was! http://books.missouri.org/content/david-harrison-and-dan-burr-book-signing I didn’t attend the National Book Fair in Washington, D.C. Sandy said I should have gone. Cheryl Harness did you go the year your book was chosen? I think I heard that more than 100,000 people go to those affairs. Here's a poem from PIRATES, published by Wordsong, 2008, (c) by David L. Harrison, all rights reserved.

WHAT’LL THE KING SAY, CAP’N?

Nice and easy, Cap’n.
Do nothing you’ll regret.
We’re helping ourselves to all your gold
And we’re not finished yet.

I’ll have your pistol, Cap’n.
Your knife will also do.
Ah, those rings are pretty things!
Hand them over too.

What’ll the king say, Cap’n?
Seems you lost his loot!
Seems you lost your pistol, Sir,
Your knife and rings to boot.

What’ll the king say, Cap’n?
Your kindness can’t be matched!
Let’s hope the king’s as kind as you
And leaves your head attached.

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Thanks, Dan Burr!

Hi everyone,

I’ve told you about the enormous grass carp that prowl the shallows of Goose Lake and crowd out native fish vying for the same vegetation. My thanks to Dan Burr for showing off the one he recently caught on one of his own outings in Idaho.13133276_10206660510574815_2495610837047975723_n I’m guessing that ours are approximately the same size. One afternoon I stood on our bank and counted thirteen of them within fifty yards of us, some a few feet away.

If you aren’t familiar with Dan Burr’s work, check out PIRATES PIRATESand COWBOYS,Cowboys cover, 4-9-12 which we did together. PIRATES went on to be chosen by Missouri Center for the Book to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C. Dan and I want to do other books together but haven’t come up with the right idea yet.

Back tomorrow

Hi everyone,

Sorry I can’t play today. I’m in Texas having a fine time!
David and Dan at TLA
This is me the last time I was here. PIRATES had just come out so artist Dan Burr and I were there introducing it. We had no idea who the guy dressed like a pirate was. He just wandered by, muttered “Argh,” and got in the shot.

More soon.

David

Update on COWBOYS

Cowboys cover, 4-9-12

Hi everyone,

I was pleased to learn yesterday that COWBOYS has been selected for the South Dakota reading list for the 2014-15 Readers’ Choice books. Copies of the book will be made available in schools across the state so that kids can read titles on the list and vote next March for their favorites.

I’m flattered to have another book on a state reading list and grateful to the individuals who selected COWBOYS for the South Dakota list.

Anyone who is familiar with this book knows about Dan Burr’s wonderful artwork. Here’s a picture of Dan and me signing together when the book came out in 2012.David and Dan at TLA We were at the Texas Library Association conference. Our earlier collaboration, PIRATES, was on the Texas Bluebonnet list so we signed a lot of those too. The guy posing with us happened to wander by and got himself into the picture. Argg! Here’s an interior picture. I think you can tap on it and make the image large enough to read the poem.

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The Missouri Center for the Book reception

Hi everyone,
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My thanks to Missouri Center for the Book board and to Naomi Williamson in particular for planning and hosting a wonderful reception yesterday in Warrensburg. The event was to recognize my book, PIRATES, which was selected this year to represent Missouri at the National Book Fair.
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As part of the celebration, PIRATES artist Dan Burr was flown in from Idaho. As if that weren’t enough, our friends Larry and Maryann Wakefield made the trek with us and Cheryl Harness and Vicki Grove drove in to join the festivities. AND, when I walked in the first thing I saw was a large glassed-in case that contained each and every one of my 89 books listed on my website!
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Cathy Clear somehow managed to find every book that wasn’t already in the university’s collection. How she did it I don’t know. What I do know is that I was speechless when I saw her handiwork.