Happy first day of spring! Speaking of spring, I forgot to mention that the book on the sidebar slideshow are the new spring releases for my IRL and online friends. There is a great variety featured here. Please click on them to go to a site for that book. I hope you find some you love!
Happy Book Birthday!
This week’s party celebrates Natalie Lloyd, whose debut MG A SNICKER OF MAGIC racked up a lengthy and impressive list of awards. Her next MG, THE PROBLIM CHILDREN will be coming from HarperCollins in 2018.
Published by Scholastic
From the publisher: There’s a lot Emma wants to tell her mother about: her job leading cemetery walking tours, her new drum set, and the fact that the town’s most famous ghost, the Morning Glory, seems to be trying to send Emma a message.
But Emma can’t share any of this, because Emma’s mom is dead.
Luckily, there’s a loophole. The women in Emma’s family all have a special destiny that comes to them in the form of a dream, and when they finally achieve this destiny, they’re rewarded with a vision of all their extraordinary ancestors. Emma has spent her whole life waiting to discover her destiny, and maybe see her mom again, even if just for a moment. But the dream never comes…
Just when she’s about to give up, she learns that the Morning Glory IS sending her messages, hints about a secret in Emma’s family that could change everything. But can she solve the mystery in time to prove her destiny…and say a final farewell to the mother who was taken from her too soon?
Have a listen to an excerpt from the audio book, read by Kate Simses, courtesy of Scholastic:
Local Author Events
Here’s what’s going on around the Greater Houston Area this week. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!
Join Emmy-winning children’s television writer Jennifer Hamburg for the launch of her new novel for kids, HAZY BLOOM AND THE TOMORROW POWER.
MARCH 21, TUESDAY, SOCIAL 6:00 PM, MEETING: 6:30 PM: TRACY GOODWIN: INDIE PUBLISHING
Kirkmont MUD Center, 10102 Blackhawk, Houston
Tonight’s topic: Indie Publishing – be bold, be brave, and realize your potential)
MARCH 25: SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING
Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
Local Literacy Awareness Events
MARCH 23: RED HAT LITERACY LUNCHEON
Benefits the Adult Reading Center, the only professional community-based literacy provider in the Pearland service area that utilizes volunteer tutors to support its mission of providing instruction at no charge to adults with limited literacy skills. Many of these individuals have difficulty functioning effectively in the community due to poor speaking, reading, or writing English skills.
MARCH 31: GROOVE: HOT JAZZ AND COOL PEOPLE
Hosted each spring, the GROOVE jazz event combines great food, great company and great music for an unforgettable evening! The event features live music performed by nationally recognized artists in residence for the Katy Jazz Festival and the opportunity to meet some of the current school year’s grant winners. All proceeds from this event benefit the Katy Education Foundation.
MARCH 31: READING BETWEEN THE WINES
For more conference information, visit the main conference pages. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!
MAY 26-28: THE ART OF STORY, MONTREAL QUEBEC, CANADA
EDITORS: Melissa Manlove/Chronicle Books; Wendy Loggia/Delacorte Press
ART DIRECTOR: Giuseppe Castellano/Penguin Random House
AGENTS: Jennifer Laughran/Andrea Brown Literary Agency;Deborah Warren/East West Literary Agency
JUNE 16-17: ARKANSAS SCBWI CONFERENCE,LITTLE ROCK, AR
EDITORS: Kait Feldman & Nick Thomas/Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
AGENT: Molly O’Neill—Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
MAY 5-7: RETREAT: BREAK UP AND BREAK OUT OF WRITER’S BLOCK, PALMER, AK
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Tricia Brown; David Onofrychuck; Lynn Lovegreen; Dan Walker; Jena Benton
EDITOR: Ada Zhang/Sterling Children’s Books
MAY 5-7: SCBWI-SOCAL SPRING WRITERS RETREAT, IDYLLWILD, CA
EDITOR: Kate Sullivan/Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
AGENT: Erin Young/Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
AUTHORS: Estelle Laure; Steve Bramucci
MAY 26-29: RENO—WRITE AWAY, VIRGINIA CITY, NV
JUNE 2-4: SCBWI-INDIANA SUMMER KICK-OFF RETREAT, ANGOLA, IN
EDITOR: Meredith Mundy/Sterling Children’s Books
AGENT: Danielle Smith/Lupine Grove Creative
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS: Tammi Sauer; Darcy Pattison; Troy Cummings; Deborah Marcero
JUNE 10: STORYTIME: A MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT NOVEL INTENSIVE, PORTLAND, OR
EDITOR: Christy Ottaviano/Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt
AGENTS: Mandy Hubbard/Emerald City Literary; Rachel Letofski/The Cooke Agency.
AUTHOR: April Henry
JUNE 14-18: THE MOSSWOOD RETREATS: FICTION, HARBORSIDE, ME
AUTHOR: Gregory Maggiore