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.


Digital Pirates


Hi everyone,

I’ve just signed a contract for PIRATES to be released in a digital format. I’m pleased that the book will now be available in hard and paperback editions plus as an e-book. I don’t have a pub date yet but will let you know.

As I write this I’m gazing at a large framed picture from PIRATES on the wall about thirty inches from my face. It’s Dan Burr’s rendering of a pirate who has just been marooned. He’s on one knee, his hat and sword on the sand beside him. Here’s the poem.

David L. Harrison

There go me mates,
gone for good.

I’ll never leave this
speck of sand,
this hump no bigger
than a whale at sea.

I’ll never see another soul,
never sail another ship.

Break the rules,
you pay the price —
marooned for life,
however long
or short
me life may be.

The Missouri Center for the Book reception

Hi everyone,
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.
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!
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.

Pirates, argh!

Hi everyone,
I’m pleased that PIRATES has been selected by Missouri Center for the Book to represent Missouri this year at the National Book Fair in Washington D.C. I read that about 200,000 people attend the event. I don’t plan to go but my book will be there and I’m happy about that.

It won’t hurt my feelings if you decide to get a copy. Promise.



BULLETIN: Taylor McGowan has posted a new poem in the Young Poets section. It’s terrific! I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Hi everyone,

As some of you know, I teamed for the second time with artist Dan Burr (first time resulted in PIRATES).

This time the result was COWBOYS. I’m pleased with the book and it has sold out at the two conferences where copies were available for purchase. I’ll speak to kids at the Literature Festival of the Ozarks in October and keynote Missouri SCBWI in November so I’m hoping for good receptions then too.

My thanks to those who have fetured the new book on their blog sites. I promised Renee LaTulippe a video of me reading something so I’ll probably select a poem from COWBOYS. Promoting one’s own work is time consuming. I set out with good intentions but before long my mind wanders to other projects and I let too much time pass before getting back on task. I think most of us suffer from the same problem.

If you haven’t checked out COWBOYS yet, and would like to, you can find it on Amazon and B&N websites. And please don’t forget GOOSE LAKE, my lone venture into e-book Land. No one has bought a copy lately so it’s about to slip off the top 100 list. I’m too old to cry but I might sniff a little.