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. (:>

If it isn’t one thing, it’s something else. Yay.

Hi everyone,

I’m spending today and maybe tomorrow tying up loose ends on Book #1 of the 2-book set with Tim Rasinski and Mary Jo Fresch for Scholastic. I need to replace one of the poems and write titles for all twenty-six. A proposal for a new project went out this morning so fingers crossed for that one.

At 1:00, Jen Murvin (Pagination Bookstore) and I will be interviewed by Ettie Berneking of 417 Magazine so I look forward to that. After that, the gym, then the rest of the day. I’m not pressing my luck in the gym yet. I’m not sure how hard to work since the pacemaker went in so for now I’m only doing twenty minutes every other day. I feel fine but need to check with my cardiologist before pushing any harder.

Sorry I haven’t written my poem for July yet but am working my way in that direction. I started to do it yesterday but decided instead to get back to updating the list of my published poetry. I made a decent start but now it looks like that little chore goes back to the rear burner again for the time being.

Back in the wheel

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Jen Murvin at Pagination Bookshop for hosting the poetry reading last night. I enjoyed participating in the event with Marcus Cafagna, Karen Craigo, and Sara Burge. Sorry we ran out of time after and hour and a half with ten people still having unanswered questions. If you want to send me yours, my email address is davidlharrison1@att.net. If you had questions for other poets, please send them to Jen at Pagination. Jen invited us back for another reading in a year or so and I’ll look forward to it.

For now, it’s back in the wheel. I’m holding my own on the project at hand but other deadlines loom.

Next Tuesday evening is Poetry Night, not recommended for a young audience

Hi everyone,

I want to emphasize that this is not a program for children. Some poems may include adult content. I advise against inviting young children to join you for the performance.

I’m looking forward to joining three other poets next Tuesday evening, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. CST, for a Zoom and Facebook online poetry reading. People are beginning to sign up now.

To view the event, just click on the webinar link at the time of the event to join the free event. Jen Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, will be our host as part of their continuing celebrations during National Poetry Month! Jen invites you to “join the Zoom webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/841892558The91 or watch live on Facebook. {The video will be housed on our FB page after the event, so you can enjoy it later and/or again!} *This is a virtual event.*

Link to event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/814763615804477

Poetry

NOTE: During the night WordPress changed the format and I’m all thumbs now as I struggle to find where all my familiar landmarks have gone. I apologize and will do my best to get better at this as I go.
Hi everyone,

Everything is in place for the poetry reading on April 13 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. Hosted by Jennifer Murvin at Pagination Bookshop, the reading will feature four poets, each with about 10 minutes to speak and read, and conclude with a 10-20 minute Q/A session.

Information about the event is now available on the Pagination Bookshop website:

https://shop.paginationbookshop.com/event/evening-poetry-sara-burge-marcus-cafag%C3%B1a-karen-craigo-and-david-harrison-virtual-author-event?fbclid=IwAR04i2nWvH4vNCLoKqW3PhOVEKVqT0fm6gH89R_URisOTG7FbP7tM_lhkB8
and on Facebook: : https://wwwfacebook.com/events/814763615804477/