New translation

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I received my copies of a new Chinese translation of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m delighted to add this one to the Korean translation that came out recently. I’m always happy to see my work in a language I can’t read, knowing that there are many others who can.

And I was right

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I felt like something good was going to happen, and it did. I received copies of a Chinese edition of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It’s issued by Beijing DangDang Kewen E-Commerce Co., Ltd. I don’t think I’ve ever been in Chinese, unless it was THE BOOK OF GIANTS STORIES long ago. Got a nice advance both in hardback and paper, and I had no idea this was in the works.

My gratitude again to my great editor, Karen Boss, and my partner for the book, the wonderful artist, Giles Laroche. We made a good team and enjoyed the process. I hope this is the first of many translations!

Coming tonight?

BULLETIN: School Library Journal just published a review and classroom suggestions for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/david.l.harrison.14/posts/10212437989244320

      Hi everyone,

      If you live in the Springfield area, I’d love to see you at my program this evening at 7:00 at The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell Ave., 417-882-0714). Adults and children are invited to the free presentation. Barnes & Noble will provide several of my titles to sell outside the door and I’ll also have a drawing and give away four books.

      I’ll introduce three recent titles, discuss some of their back stories, read from each book, and respond to questions. Aspiring children’s writers are welcome to come and bring your questions. College students with an interest in children’s literature should find the event useful. Parents and grandparents, please come and feel welcome to bring the young folks in your family. Teachers and librarians, I’ll suggest ways in which these books can be helpful in your school and classrooms. I’ll try to provide something for everyone.

      Couple of samples:

      Horsefly Grade Card:
      Doesn’t Play Well with Others

      In my heart
      I know of course
      it isn’t nice
      to bite a horse.

      They’ve tried to teach me
      gentleness
      but after school
      as you can guess

      Even though
      I feel remorse
      I must go out
      and bite a horse.

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
      from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS

      Ovenbird

      How do you hide
      your nest
      like that?
      Protect your chicks
      inside
      like that?
      How do you know
      to weave
      like that?
      With grass and hair
      and leaves
      like that?
      Make it round
      with twigs
      like that?
      On the ground
      or limb
      like that?
      We’re so glad
      you sing
      like that.
      And make the forest
      ring
      like that!

      –(c) 2018 David L. Harrison
      from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

      Hope to see you there!

Yesterday’s radio talk show

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy and I had a good time on Larry Freund’s show along with co-host David Eslick.

Our thanks to Larry for inviting us. Sandy fielded questions about her years as a high school counselor and how much she enjoyed working with students, teachers, and parents. She also responded to questions about our gift store, Gamble’s Gifts, and talked about our most important lines, including Waterford Crystal, Lladro, Vietri, Thymes, and gurgle pots, as well as the hard work of going to markets year after year to seek new trends and products to keep customers coming back. She doesn’t know how many markets she has attended but in the thirty-three years we’ve owned the store she estimates the number at over seventy markets in Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas.

One point Sandy made was that the store is open even though the entire shopping center is under dramatic renovation and gives the appearance that no one could possibly be conducting business under such circumstances. Here’s what we’re dealing with these days, and will be for another several months.

During my parts, I mostly talked about books and literacy and my new releases. I even had a chance to read a poem from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and two from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.

Again, our thanks to Larry and David.

Promoting A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

Off to sign books today at Sundog Books, Seaside, Florida. The store is a popular landmark in this area. There isn’t enough space to sign inside so I’ll be given a chair and table on the front porch. You can’t hope for a more picturesque location. Crowds of people stroll up and down the sidewalk, many headed to the restaurant next door called Great Southern, another destination spot.

Today’s forecast calls for rain. I hope it doesn’t put a damper on my front porch perch and keep would be customers cooped up in their condos. Cross your fingers for me.