Texas Book Events: Come on Down Y’all!
November is book festival time. People nationwide stop and celebrate books. And personally, I’m gearing up for a busy month of speaking to kids, parents, and teachers, as well as meeting other authors. If you’re in Texas, I’d love to meet you at one of these upcoming events:
When: Saturday, November 1st, 2008, 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Capitol Extension Room E1.016. Texas State Capitol Building in Austin.
Details: Join authors Varian Johnson, Shelia P. Moses, and me for what’s sure to be an intriguing panel discussion. In a session titled “I Haven’t Been Myself Lately: My Life as a Writer,” we’ll reveal what it’s like to write protagonists different from ourselves.
Where: JCC, Austin
Details: I can’t wait for this year’s Jewish Book Fair at the JCAA in Austin! My father, Harvey Burg, and I will be speaking together about the Jewish connection to the civil rights movement. This event is targeted to students in grades 5 to 8 and their parents, yet all are welcome.
Where: BookPeople, 6th & Lamar, Austin
Details: The Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators will host its annual holiday party from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors will sign their books and chat with readers. Children, tweens, teens, parents. teachers, librarians and literature lovers of all varieties are invited!
“Travel the World and Back: Read!”
When: Friday, November 14th, 2008
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Austin
Details: I’ll be speaking about why I wrote A Thousand Never Evers, and how to engage students in the study of civil rights. The whole lineup looks great this year!
Presented by Facing History and Ourselves
Where: Houston Holocaust Museum
Details: Educators, trust me, if you can get to Houston, you won’t want to miss this! We’ll explore the Facing History and Ourselves resource book, Choices in Little Rock–a collection of teaching suggestions, activities and primary sources that focus on the desegregation of Central High High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. In the afternoon, I’ll speak about civil rights education and my book, A Thousand Never Evers.