Hey, I made the paper!

Hi everyone,

My thanks to AMOS BRIDGES and the News-Leader, and especially to CLAUDETTE RILEY for writing the article about our interview that appears on Page 1 in today’s paper.

Claudette and I go back many years so I’ve long been a fan of hers. It gives me all the more pleasure for her to be the one writing about my new autobiography and how I came to write it. If you have any interest in reading the article, I hope you’ll search for it at https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2022/11/10/childrens-author-david-harrison-pens-this-life-autobiography/69613581007/

To pre-order copies of THIS LIFE, an AUTOBIOGAPHY, click on this link: https://ozarksstudies.missouristate.edu/book-series.htm

A table at the authors’ luncheon

Hi everyone,

I’m grateful to Holiday House for sponsoring a table for me at the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon at NCTE. That’s always a good event for authors fortunate enough to have a table and the chance to meet those who choose to sit with them and become acquainted, each of whom will receive a copy of THE DIRT BOOK. Thank you, Holiday House!

If you have had trouble ordering a copy of THIS LIFE, here’s the link. https://msulib.me/thislife . When you click on it, you’ll find a picture of the book and a box to add it to your cart. Follow each step by completing the information and hitting “continue.” I just tried it and it seems to work. Your copy will be mailed to you next month when the first printing comes out. For those who have already ordered copies, thank you!

My thanks to all

Hi everyone,

My thanks to all for responding yesterday with such positive comments about my autobiography. Early orders are being placed and I’m grateful. I appreciate the comments of advance readers whose remarks appear on the back cover. Among them, JANE YOLLEN wrote, “Honest, full of  (often) self-deprecating humor, but right on the nose, this autobiography by David L. Harrison is about his growth as one of the best writers and elder statemen of children’s books and children’s poetry books still publishing in America today.” SANDY ASHER said, “The curiosity, insight, warmth, and humor that have brought him world-wide success in this field are evident on every page of his captivating memoir. Bravo, David, for a life well-lived and well-told. “

Yesterday I finished the 26th poem of the 50 I need for the book under way. I’ve crossed the halfway mark and that’s a good feeling. Today, back in the wheel.

THIS LIFE now available for pre-order

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that my autobiography, THIS LIFE, is officially scheduled for a December publication date and can be pre-ordered now.

The book is described, in part: 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. 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 your dreams.

The book will be printed by a division of Ingram Content Group and will be available through Ingram distribution, sometime in January or February, to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc. The holdup is for the paper we chose to come in. The book will feature a dust flap and heavier stock than the early version set for December. MSU is printing this early run for those who might want copies for holiday gifts. 

THIS LIFE is being published by Ozark Studies Institute, an enterprise of The Duane G. Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. I'm delighted that my journey as a writer is being published in my hometown!

So here are the choices. Click on this link ( https://msulib.me/thislife ) and you can place your order. When the book is ready in December, it can be shipped to your address. If you live within easy distance of the MSU campus, you can pick up your order and save the shipping fees.

If you prefer to wait for the Ingram printing after the first of the year, it will be cost a bit more because of the paper and the addition of the flap. I don't know the price yet but will let you know when that is determined.

Let me know if you have questions. Thank you.

Adding more pictures

Hi everyone,

Thank you, Nathan Papes, Springfield-News Leader, for the swell picture

I spent several hours last night going through files to add more pictures to This Life. We are down to the wire. The first copies will be out when I go to Kansas City twenty-five days from now. I haven’t gotten anything else done, but it is a weekend after all. I’m eager to show you the cover. It’s 99.99% approved. Designer AMANDA BENTLEY has done a great job with RANDY BACON’S portrait photograph. I hope to have all the information soon. I keep saying that, and keeping meaning it.