CABIN READS episode 2! It all went down with the arrival yesterday of debut picture book author and all around great human being, Dori Kleber. She visited our little WV town to read her much-lauded book MORE-IGAMI, followed by a craft session where she taught about twenty little ones and their parents how to make a hopping origami frog. Dori happens to be the perfect person for this because she’s an amazing teacher and instructor, and she has more patience than about 125 of me put together. Thanks for the visit, Dori!
Last night I launched CABIN READS, a recurring WV literary event here in my new hometown of Wardensville. Situated between North Mountain and the Cacapon River, our region is a stunning example of West Virginia’s best. Our first event was hosting a reading by the six authors of the LOST RIVER WRITER’S RETREAT. We heard heartfelt poetry, hilarious middle grade, compelling nonfiction, historical crime fiction, and riveting adult fiction. I love writers. I love how clever they are when they’re reading their work or when they’re choosing their stories over dinner. Thank you Retreat Founder John Copenhaver, DeMisty D. Bellinger, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Noah Stetzer, Kara Waite and pictured, Kate Hattemer. Our next CABIN READS event will be with my SCBWI friend and critique partner and debut PB author Dori Kleber. The schedule can be found right here.
This beauty is brought to you by the gorgeous state of West Virginia, also known as the Mountain State or in song as Almost Heaven. I’ve fallen in love. Consider it a hint of where my life and my writing are heading. I can’t wait.
I had an amazing day yesterday at Atlanta Veg Fest 2014. I’m an unabashed cow hugger, so I had to have this beautiful sticker from The Herbivore Clothing Company. Now, back to squabbling with my ten year old over the rest of the spoils of the day: stickers, buttons, shirts, cat toys, all to advance a cruelty-free world.
I get so much from my membership to SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), that I decided it was time to give back. I’m now serving as the Southern Breeze Chapter ‘s Local Liaison for Decatur, GA. To kick things off, I’ll be hosting a meet and greet schmooze event for Decatur, GA area children’s writers and illustrators on November 9, 2014! If you are a member of SCBWI or interested in learning more about joining, please stop by and have dinner with your neighbors. Details and RSVP to the event—-> here.