If you know a tween (9-12 year olds) in the Arlington, Texas area who likes to write, please encourage them to take my writing workshop. It will be part of the Arlington Public Library's Grand Opening, June 16, 2018, 4:00-5:30, 100 Center Street, Arlington, TX 76010. Go early and enjoy some of the other activities the library will be having.
Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel debuts March 28!
I'll be giving a writing workshop at the Arlington Public Library on March 11, 2017. It's open to anyone, ages 18 on up, even if you don't live in Arlington, Texas. For more information and to register: Everyone Has a Story
I hope you can make it!
My new book, Blooming at the Texas Sunrise debuts March 28, 2017, but you can preorder it now at your local or online bookseller. Please check my schedule page to see if I'll be touring to your area. If so, I hope you'll drop by and see me.
This last fall I visited Central Primary School in Gonzales, Louisiana. Journalist Dorothy Kendrick with the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Station joined me there and did this nice piece on me. My work has always been connected with the love I have for family and place. I thank Dorothy for highlighting that. If you'd like to watch the video, click on the link below.
Here's a quick quick snippet.
Hey, San Antonio on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM I'll be signing copies of my newest and oldest books at:
- BARNES AND NOBLE, NORTHWOOODS SHOPPING CENTER, 18030 US-281 #140, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232
Hope to see you there!
When my friend, teacher Renee Nicolo, read an advance copy of Dear Hank Williams she came up with the idea of getting pen pals for a Tennessee classroom she sometimes worked with and having the two classes read the book simultaneously. I remember thinking what a wonderful project. With the help of a librarian, I was able to connect Renee's Tennessee class with a class from The American School of Doha.
Unexpected things resulted because of sharing this book and friendships formed from two entirely different worlds. I asked Renee if she would share the experience. Check back tomorrow to read Renee's account of the journey.
When I was touring for Dear Hank Williams this spring, Stephen Usery from WYPL's Book Talk kindly interviewed me. Stephen is an excellent interviewer. It's always nice with the interviewer reads the book prior to the interview. Thank you, Stephen!
If you'd like to listen, please click here.
Do you live in Louisiana? If you do, I might be coming to your area to sign my new book, Dear Hank Williams. Although my signings won't be on them, I'll drive the backroads to get to my destinations. What fun! Hope to see you there!
DEAR HANK WILLIAMS LOUISIANA BACKROADS TOUR
APRIL 30--BARNES AND NOBLE, BOOK SIGNING @ 6:30 PM, SHREVEPORT
MAY 2--BOOKS A MILLION, BOOK SIGNING @ 2:00 PM, ALEXANDRIA
MAY 3--WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY, TALK AND BOOK SIGNING @ 2:00 PM, PORT ALLEN, LOUISIANA
MAY 5 LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, 225 PEABODY HALL, EDUCATOR AND GRADUATE STUDENT TALK@9:00 AM, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
- May 6-Maple Street Book Shop, Book Signing @5:00 PM, New Orleans
- MAY 8--BARNES AND NOBLE, BOOK SIGNING @ 6:30 PM, LAFAYETTE
Book tours aren't glamorous, but they are a wonderful opportunity to meet loyal and new readers. Yesterday I wondered if I would make it to my next destination--The South Kentucky Book Festival. Thunderstorms in Austin and Houston kept my plane from leaving and landing on time. But even though my luggage didn't make it to the connecting flight, I did. I'm embarrassed to say that I spent much of the flight fretting about how the next day I would be wearing the same dress and have to make an early morning dash to the drug store for makeup.
Thank goodness, the view from my window reminded me how minor my troubles were and what a very lucky writer I was to have this chance to be sent on this journey. I hope you will be a part of it. You can check here to see where I'll be on tour.