I’m having a Summer Giveaway starting today at noon and ending on June 11, 2013, in honor of the release of Laugh with the Moon in paperback. The grand prize: Signed copies of Laugh with the Moon and A Thousand Never Evers, as well as a Skype coffee/lemonade date with me, which you can pass onto a writer in your life.
It’s easy to enter! Simply click here and you will get virtual raffle tickets through Rafflecopter. Here are three ways to get in on the fun:
1. Donate to World Altering Medicine for 10 raffle tickets.
2. Tweet about the Giveaway for 3 tickets.
3. Follow me @ShanaBurgWrites on Twitter for 4 tickets.
Or you can do all of the above for 17 tickets. Hope we get to chat! Good luck.
Here is a little piece of the documentary called “Preserving Justice.” The film focuses on some of the lesser-known stories that happened in Birmingham, Alabama. It highlights the role the legal community played during the Civil Rights Movement. Oh, and by the way, that girl with the chubby cheeks is me. I’m in my dad’s arms.
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As you know I’ve spoken and written quite a bit about my own family’s history in the Civil Rights Movement. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama where my father, Harvey Burg, was working as a lawyer fighting for civil rights .
Well – this weekend I’m going back to where I come from. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, the Birmingham Bar Foundation is honoring my wonderful father and other members of Birmingham’s legal community for their extraordinary work during the Civil Rights Movement at the Journey for Justice Gala. There is also a documentary film, Preserving Justice about the role lawyers and the legal system played in the fight to end racial inequality in Birmingham and the nation, which will be debuted at the event. It was created to educate the public about the role lawyers and the legal system played in the fight to end racial inequality. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Over the years my father has gone on an incredible journey, starting out as a progressive activist, and now being recognized as a pillar of society by a pretty important and powerful group. But consider this: in that time my father didn’t change a bit. What changed was American society, and its perception of him and the work he did.
It’s important to acknowledge those close to him who gave him support and courage, including my late grandparents, Sylvia and Saul Burg, and especially my mother. Sondy. She was willing to accompany him to a faraway place to do dangerous work in the name of taking a stand for justice. And that’s why I come from Alabama, not only with a Banjo on my knee, but also with a legacy of preserving justice.
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Learning Ally strives to be a friend to people who learn differently, by recording books. “We’ve grown to beyond the blind community, to individuals with learning disabilities like dyslexia, and anyone with a physical disability that prevents them from holding a textbook,” said Senior Communications Associate Jenny Falke.
Jenny told me there are already 75,000 titles in the collection. And did you know that studies have shown that audio learning can improve a student’s reading comprehension, increase reading motivation, and improve self confidence?
I was thrilled when Jenny invited me to be part of the Record-A-Thon that is held at all eleven Learning Ally studios around the nation. I got to go into the audio booth here in Austin and record the first chapters of Laugh with the Moon.
It was strange to be reading my own book aloud, and I couldn’t help editing it in my head as I went along. It was also amazing to know that by doing this, I was joining forces with an incredible organization on a very important mission.
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The Bluebonnet Committee recently asked me to create a video of myself answering five questions. My right-hand woman Sheena Moore happily held the camera. But once I had the finished footage, I had no idea how to splice it together, and add music or subtitles. I sure worked myself into a tizzy trying to figure it out. Still, in the end, no luck. Enter my 11-year-old niece, Sarah. “No problem, Aunt Shana,” she said. “Give me the weekend. I’ll have it to you all done.” And so I did. The result is magnificent. Thank you, Sarah!
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A very special thank you to all of the booksellers this holiday season. I wrote this poem for you!
Cozy Corners, Crowded Shelves
Frenzied readers find themselves.
You pitch and pull and count and lead,
You fill a hunger, feed a need.
Oh, Bookseller, I hope you know,
Your support is valued so!
And a very special thank you to Left Bank Books in Saint Louis, Missouri and Anderson’s Bookshop in Downer’s Grove, Illinois who sent me these photos of Laugh with the Moon their shelves.
Thanks for the love, Left Bank Books!
Excited to be on Anderson Bookshops’ Mock Newbery list this year!
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Could I be any more thrilled? I doubt it.
This weekend’s Texas Book Festival included the announcement that LAUGH WITH THE MOON is on the Bluebonnet Master List for 2013-14! A heartfelt thank you to the TLA Bluebonnet selection committee, as well as to: my awesome editor at Delacorte Press, Michelle Poploff; my amazing agent at TransAtlantic Literary Association, Andrea Cascardi; research assistants Felicity Charity Mponda and Lovemore Nkhata; and all the other members of the team who helped with this book in some way.
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Shana visits with student teachers at U.T.
My visit to Dr. Nancy Roser and Dr. Bonnie Elliott’s students at the University of Texas confirmed what I already knew: Teachers rock! These were the most inquisitive, motivated, and interesting students I’ve met in a while–and they are all studying to become teachers. There are lucky kids in the world, I tell you.
Dr. Roser with students
When Dr. Roser told me that the evening would begin with a Quaker meeting-style reading, I had no idea what to expect. Sixty students opened their copies of A Thousand Never Evers, which they’d spent the last month reading and discussing. One by one, they read out lines from the book that had grabbed them, or moved them in some way. Honestly, it was one of the most intense experiences of my life. To know that those sentences I had spent years constructing, changing, struggling with had actually been heard and appreciated was almost overwhelming.
When Gayle came up to get her book signed, I noticed it was…er….just a bit marked up!
I then told myself not to lose it, and I proceeded to talk about how to think like a writer. I must admit, I gave away some of my best writing secrets. And then they asked many questions, I signed books, and everyone enjoyed some pizza.
Signing books! One of my favorite hobbies.
Thank you students…I mean, teachers…I mean student teachers!
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Best time ever! The librarians, teachers, parents, and booksellers who organized Tweens Read in Pasadena, TX sure know how to make authors feel special.
Does this take the cake or what!?!
We received hand-knitted coffee cup warmers, cupcakes with our books on them, hot plates with cover images, and super cool posters designed around our books. It was like a wedding without the wedding–believe you me, that much planning went into it.
The hundreds upon hundreds of tweens who attended were spunky, inquisitive, and all around awesome. I sat on a panel called From a Girl’s Point of View with authors Claire Legrand, Diana Lopez, and Lisa Schroeder. I can’t wait to read their books! And I met many other great authors too.
Heather Brewer delivered a powerful keynote about the horrors of bullying.
Thanks to all who turned out to make it an incredible day!
In honor of the awesomeness of this month (which includes my favorite holiday–Halloween), I’ll be raffling off a signed copy of LAUGH WITH THE MOON, along with a $25 gift card to the winner’s local independent bookstore!
Here’s how it works:
- If you leave a comment on my blog, right here right now, your name will be entered once.
- If you Tweet about the giveaway, your name will be entered twice.
- All fans who have liked ShanaBurgWrites on Facebook will be entered three times.
- Anyone who follows me on Twitter @ShanaBurg Writes will also be entered three times.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know!
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