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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, April 12, 2013

DNA event

DNA Event

On April 6 of this year I attended the Directions New Strategies and Applications literary festival sponsored by a Kansas City children’s bookshop, The reading reptile and supported by the Department of Education at Rockhurst University.  This year’s illustrators and authors, Peter Brown. Jack Gatos, Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen, Laura Amy Schlitz and Herve Tullet, spoke drew, showed slides and otherwise entertained an attentive adult audience for four hours.

The day before was kid’s day with field trips for 1st through 6th grade student to Rockhurst University for a 50-minute talk with two authors and special events at the Reading Reptile bookstore including a play, a reading and a book signing.

Since I already graduated from the sixth grade, I attended the yearly event for adults, which I have attended for the past five or six years. Each has been a celebration of children’s literature offering a rare chance to hear the voices behind the books.  The writers and illustrators have been multiple award winners with international reputations. 

Attending is fun.  Although I rarely write for children, I enjoy the energy and positive vibes of both the presenters and the audience, mostly librarians and teachers.  Each writer and illustrator shared the story of how he or she got published. The presenters come from a wide range of backgrounds including engineering, computer science technology, library science and teaching.  Their adventures and misadventures of trying to get started in the world of books would make fascination reading. 
The writers and illustrators are comfortable performing in front of an audience. The audience is warm and supportive.  The combination makes the event a pleasure to attend for the audience and for the presenters. 

This year Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket AKA Daniel Handler made a presentation on their co-written book, The Dark, which t could have been a comedy sketch on late night television.  Laura Amy Schlitz danced to illustrate her talk. She said it took her six and one-half years to write a book that came to her conscious mind as a series of images rather than an idea. 

What writing events do you recommend?


Gloria Alden said...

I love children's literature and miss reading to children. Some of my more advanced students loved the Lemony Snicket books. I read the first one and liked it. I still have shelves and shelves of children's books - picture and chapter - that I can't bear to part with.

Dianna Morris said...

I love illustrated children's books. I have a small collection that I refuse to part with. Writing children's books must be like performing magic; lots of practice and hard work, the results look simple and effortless.