Two signings this week

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to announce that on Thursday evening at 7:00 I’ll be at The Library Center to discuss and sign copies of THIS LIFE, and on Friday evening at 6:00 I’ll be at Pagination Books to give a reading and sign. Here’s the press release for both events. Please feel free to share this with others.

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David L. Harrison to promote new book at author events in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, MO – Renowned children’s author David L. Harrison will speak at two back-to-back events in Springfield promoting his new book, “This Life: An Autobiography.” The memoir was published in December 2022 by the Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the MSU Libraries.

The Springfield Greene County Library will host David Harrison for an author talk and signing at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in the auditorium of The Library Center, located at 4653 S. Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

Pagination Bookshop will also host Harrison for a book reading and signing at 6 p.m. Jan. 13. The bookshop is located at 1150 E. Walnut St. in Springfield. Both events are free and open to the public.

About the book
In “This Life,” Springfield native David L. Harrison brings readers along on his journey to becoming a successful children’s author. From Missouri to Arizona to Kansas, all the way across the globe to Malaysia, and spanning from the World War II era through 9/11 and on to the present, “This Life” chronicles the fits and starts, professional rejections and redirections, the inevitable personal life conflicts and tragedies, as well as the breakthroughs and triumphs in a career that has spanned seven decades…and is still going. The book is perfect for aspiring authors and fans of Harrison’s work, as well as anyone who enjoys a tale of hard work, perseverance, and the joy of following dreams.

Where to buy
“This Life: An Autobiography” is available for sale online and in-person at the Duane G. Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. The book will also be available for purchase at the author’s events Jan. 12 and 13.

More on the author
David Harrison is an American children’s author who has written over 100 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for young people and teachers. His work has appeared in more than 200 anthologies and has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. He completed his undergraduate studies at Drury University in 1959 and his graduate work with honors in science at Emory University in 1960. He resides in Springfield with his wife, Sandy, a former high school counselor and businesswoman. They have two children together.


About the Ozarks Studies Institute The Ozarks Studies Institute, an initiative of the Missouri State University Libraries, seeks to preserve the history and culture of the Ozarks by fostering a comprehensive knowledge of Ozarks’ people and their heritage. The institute serves as an educational resource by collecting and discovering new knowledge about the Ozarks and providing access to that knowledge.

Words and painting

Hi everyone,

This morning at 10:00 CT I’m in for a new experience. I’ll to a Artistree Pottery, on 1423 E. Cherry Street, Suite 103, and read from my latest book, I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS, to children who will be painting designs on pottery of their own making.

We’ll finally resolve the age-old debate: which is more compelling — listening to a story or painting one’s own pot? Or something like that. I have a feeling I’d better give my best reading ever.

Historical fact. Sandy grew up a block away at 1329 E. Cherry. When we started dating, I lived on the next street over at 1329 E. Elm Street. Sandy’s home is a memory replaced by apartments. A fraternity rocks on where once I exhibited my collections on my bedroom walls.

In person book signing today

Hi everyone,

Looks like a good-weather day today for my book signing at Pagination Bookshop in Springfield. Here’s the announcement on their web page:

Pagination Bookshop

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. (:>