Cybils and Westhaven

By |2006-10-26T10:12:08+00:00October 26th, 2006|awards and honors, books, events, Uncategorized, websites and weblogs|

Bloggers who are fans of children's YA literature have started a new award, the Cybil. Check it out and nominate your favorite book from the past year. I am homored to serve on the Middle Grade/YA Non-fiction award committee. And, no, Strong at the Heart is not eligible. Closer to home, I'm speaking at the Westhaven Center for the Arts, in Westhaven, California, this Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m...

at the library

By |2006-08-02T05:28:12+00:00August 2nd, 2006|books, events|

The other day a woman I know handed me her copy of Strong at the Heart. I thought she was going to ask me to sign it, but instead she said, "I've read your book, and I'm glad I have, but I was hoping you'd know how to pass this on so it will reach young people." ... Her copy sits on my desk...

notable

By |2017-06-13T20:45:40+00:00June 16th, 2006|awards and honors, events|

I just learned that Strong at the Heart has been listed in the 2006 "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People." This is a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies and goes to social studies teachers all over the US...On Saturday, June 17th, I'll be the featured speaker the Humboldt County Library Authors in the Afternoon series...

see you on the radio

By |2017-06-13T20:45:44+00:00April 30th, 2006|book tours, events, media, Uncategorized|

There's a cool thing coming up. On Tuesday, May 2nd, at 9 a.m. PST, Jessie Dylan will interview me about Strong at the Heart on his show, The Good Life. You can hear it on Sirius Satellite Radio 114 or listen on the Internet. For a week following, it will be archived online. Here's a little taste of what I saw in Boston last week. Pretty amazing, isn't it. . .

jeans in Redding

By |2017-06-13T20:45:44+00:00April 28th, 2006|book tours, events|

Yesterday I flew in--and out--of Redding, California to give the keynote address at a Take Back the Day/Take Back the Night event. It was a day of contrasts that began when I flew from the fog bound coast (highs in the 50's) to Redding where the high was 91 degrees and sunny. My sun starved skin soaked up the vitamin D along the American River which was roaring. . .

happy news

By |2006-04-23T14:57:52+00:00April 23rd, 2006|awards and honors, book tours, events, men and boys|

Well, this is cool. I have an email from FSG, my publisher, that Strong at the Heart was chosen as a Skipping Stone Honor Book. Every year this multicultural children's magazine choses roughly ten books to honor and Strong at the Heart is one of them this year. The links aren't up yet, and I don't have more information, but when I do I'll post it here. Yesterday's event in Cambridge went so well despite the PowerPoint projector not . . .

harvard talk

By |2017-06-13T20:45:44+00:00April 20th, 2006|book tours, events|

The Harvard Take Back the Night Committee--as personified by Mallory Hellman--asked me to speak on survivor activism and my book. The event happened last night and it was great. We met in the Kirkland Junior Commons Room, a very Harvard venue with tall paneled walls, mullioned windows, wing backed chairs set in conversational clusters, and august portraits on the walls. A friend of my son Ben met me there early and helped with the set up chairs, screen and projector. . .

Boston morning

By |2006-04-18T08:08:59+00:00April 18th, 2006|book tours, events|

Last night I arrived from California, after three flights, lugging the world's heaviest carry-ons (ten copies of Strong at the Heart, just in case). You should see the absolutely amazing place Mallory Hellman, of the Take Back the Night committee, found for me to stay. The Preacher's Suite is at the top of Lowell House, a quintessential Harvard building of red brick with white trim and slate roof. Tucked up under the eaves is this eight bedroom suite. It's crazy with doors and passageways and interconnecting rooms. I've claimed a bedroom with windows on two sides connected to a study with desk, Chinese lamp, wing backed chair and ottoman. A nice little set up...