I had a fine time

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that we had a good turnout last night at the Library Center and most of them were old friends, many of whom I’ve known for decades. I couldn’t have asked for a better night or way to introduce THIS LIFE to a supportive audience. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who braved the cold and remaining snow to be there and share my evening. Thanks to ANGELA KNIGHT (librarian at Harrison Elementary School) for taking this picture of my trying to think. That’s my editor for the book, RACHEL KERSEY, who did a great job of feeding me good questions. TOM PETERS, Dean of the magnificent Duane Meyer Library, was there, too, and handled book sales. It was Tom’s decision to publish my memoir so I’m especially grateful to him.

Tonight I’ll hope for another good experience when I start talking about and reading from THIS LIFE at Pagination Bookshop at 1150 E. Walnut at 6:00. Again there will be time for questions and answers.

Coming up next is an interview with MICHELE SKALICKY at KSMU next Wednesday morning at 9:15. I will let you know when it will be aired.

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.

CONTACT: Laura French MSU Libraries Marketing and Communications Specialist 417-836-4135 | 417-840-4760 LauraFrench@MissouriState.edu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Jan. 9, 2022


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.

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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.

First activities of the new year

Hi everyone,

Today I’ll finish the Benchmark book. I may take a few days off, or at least cut back on the hours for a while. I still need to make a few more notes about the school visit to WOLF School this Thursday and coming up on the 12th is a program at The Library Center that will be a Q/A interview/presentation with my editor, RACHEL KERSEY, about This Life. I look forward to both events.

Working on a new program

Hi everyone,

I’m working with STEPHANIE SMALLWOOD at The Library Center in Springfield on a new program for April. I’m developing a manuscript about the sounds we hear at night, which made me think that kids (and adults) might enjoy an evening learning more about the creatures that make them. This picture is from a program I gave about The Dirt Book when it came out last year. We had a lot of fun that evening!

Popular musician JUDY DOMENY and our friends from the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will join us for the evening to help us identify some of the sounds. Kids will learn facts about local nocturnal animals, enjoy stories and poems and even get to make some night sounds themselves!

Can you think of any songs I can pass along to Judy for the program? Any other ideas on how I can make the program more interesting for the kids that night? Maybe contests to see who can make the best imitations of a cricket? A tree frog? A katydid? Thanks for any ideas you might suggest. April will be before you know it

The Sounds of Night

Hi everyone,

Have I told you about a program in the works at The Library Center (Springfield) in April? It will be an event to feature the sounds of night. We’ll have some singing, special guests from The Nature Center and, I think, from Dickerson Park Zoo. I have a manuscript in the works on the subject and will read from that. We’ll fill the room with children learning to identify the sounds of night and make their best effort to mimic them. Sound like fun? I think so. Haven’t chosen a date yet but I’ll let you when we do.