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:

1. TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

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.

2. JEWISH BOOK FAIR

When: Sunday, November 9th, 2008, 10-11am

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.

3. HOLIDAY PARTY AT BOOKPEOPLE

When: Thursday, November 13th, 2008, 6:30-9:30pm

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!

4. TEXAS STATE READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

“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!

5. CHOICES IN LITTLE ROCK WORKSHOP

Presented by Facing History and Ourselves

When: Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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.

Posted in Civil Rights, Educators, Shana's Posts, That's Life, Writing on 10/12/2008 01:47 pm
 

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