Friday, September 30, 2011

Over the River events...

My new picture book, Over the River and Through the Wood, is now available! So far so good- it's gotten some nice reviews, and already won an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award. Starting this weekend, I'll be visiting bookstores and libraries (and a museum) around New England signing, reading, and talking about it. If you can make it, please stop by and say hi! Here's where I'll be:

October 1, 3:00 pm Book Ends, Winchester MA 

October 15, 10:00-12:00 Children's Book Cellar, Waterville, ME

October 19, 7:00 pm Barnes & Noble, Saugus, MA

October 22, 11:00 am Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

October 29, 3:00 pm Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA

November 5, 10:00 am, Windham Public Library, Windham, ME,
part of Family Fun Literacy Day

November 13, Connecticut Children's Book Fair, Storrs, CT

November 19, 10:00-12:00 Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA

November 19, 1:00-4:00 pm Barnes & Noble, Newington, NH

December 3, 10:30 am Kennebooks, Kennebunk, ME

December 10, 10:30-12:00 Animal Instinct, Ogunquit, ME 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Banned Books Week Online Auction

I'm proud to have a piece of artwork up for bid RIGHT NOW in the Banned Books Week Auction. The auction is run by The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the booksellers' voice in the fight against censorship.

Founded by the American Booksellers Association, ABFFE has been protecting the free expression rights of booksellers and their customers for over 20 years. ABFFE is a founding sponsor of Banned Books Week and the Kids Right to Read Project, a joint initiative with the National Coalition Against Censorship that opposes the removal of books from schools and libraries.

I originally donated this painting, an outtake from Henry Aaron's Dream, for the ABFFE silent auction at Book Expo America. But they set it aside along with 69 other works by some pretty amazing illustrators, so they could do this online auction. 

The cool thing about this auction is that  a) you don't have to be at BEA to bid, and b) all the bids start at the ridiculously low price of 99 cents! Even now, with only 1 day to go, I don't think any item has gone over $200. This is a rare opportunity to get a great deal on some original artwork by some of the best children's book illustrators in the biz. In this first group alone, there is work by Adam Rex, Paul O. Zelinsky, Rosemary Wells, Wendell Minor, Hans Wilhelm...!

Henry Aaron hitting his 715th home run