Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Where to next?

This Friday, August 1st, I will be visiting Thorndike Press in Waterville, Maine. Thorndike Press is part of Gale and Cengage Learning, as is Sleeping Bear Press. I look forward to seeing a production facility and connecting with librarians and booksellers also attending this Open House.

I am honored to be included in Camden's 3rd Annual Children's Book Fair
By the Sea. This event, on Saturday, August 16th, is held at the Camden Library from 1-4pm. It is hosted by the Owl and Turtle Bookshop and the Camden Library. Eight Maine connected children's authors/illustrators will each present a short talk about their book as well as signing copies available for purchase. The other authors are Chris Van Dusen, Melissa Sweet, Jamie Spencer, Garvin Morris, Susan Lubner, Noah Z. Jones, and John and Ann Hassett. This will be a fun afternoon in a beautiful setting - a great place to spend a day and start holiday shopping for a special young person in your life!

On Friday evening, October 17th, I will be at the Barnes and Noble's in Augusta to help celebrate and honor educators. As a former teacher, I am always eager and happy to help promote and support the many unsung heroes in our classrooms. Donating a book to your child's or grandchild's classroom library is a great way to celebrate their birthday, teach them about the value of giving and help many other children in the process.

The school visit brochures will be mailed in August. If you know a teacher or PTA that should receive one, please feel free to email me a Remember to read and write a bit each day!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

Although a bit bleary eyed at this point, I will try to fill you in on the past weekend. I drove to PA on Thursday and set a new family record of nine hours! And no, I only went a steady 70 and actually increased my gas mileage.

Friday morning I returned to my alma mater, Lebanon Valley College. The campus is now so unbelievably beautiful; they have won awards for their landscaping. There are many new buildings, but the music and sciences continue to be strong programs. I spent over an hour with Lauren Cusick interviewing for an upcoming issue of the alumni magazine. I look forward to seeing and reading the finished piece.After I completed the interview, I went over to the college athletic fields where my great-niece Elizabeth was finishing up a week of soccer camp. It was hot and sunny, but great to hang with the family.

Friday night I had a book signing at the Gretna Emporium, hosted by Stacy Pennington and her great staff. I sat on the wrap around porch and watched the summer folks at the Jigger Shop - not to be missed when in Mt. Gretna - signed books, had my memory jogged a few times and spent time with family. It was a fine evening. Pictures soon.

Saturday morning I arrived to read at the library, to find that the children were otherwise occupied that morning and not coming for storyhour. Oh,well. Instead, I visited Mrs. Hernley's flower stand and bought the most beautiful glads for my sister, Kim, who takes me in whenever I visit!

Then it was off to Baltimore to my nephew Andy's wedding. My husband, Bob, flew down and met me and we enjoyed a great day with family and friends. We send our best wishes to Andy and Lauren as they begin their life together. Sunday we were up at six and on the road home to Maine.

We received a nice surprise when A Isn't for Fox was reviewed on a podcast on the site Just One More Book. I will attempt to add the link. I also appreciate a comment on the blog from Mrs. Wright stating that I need to have more info about what a great book it is. I am new at this, but will work on that aspect, whether it be a web site or some other form of promotion. As a basically introverted person, sometimes I have to gulp a few times before taking the next step:)

School visit brochures will be going out soon, so please let your friends in education know that I am available and reasonably priced!