Date: January 17, 2016
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Good news for Heartlander Jenn Bailey! Jenn won the Candlewick Scholarship for her Picture Book, PLINK! It was found worthy by a committee of Candlewick editors to receive a cash award and Right of First Refusal. Congratulations for a well-deserved honor, Jenn!

Date: January 14, 2016
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Heartlander Elizabeth C. Bunce!

A CURSE DARK AS GOLD by Heartlander Elizabeth C. Bunce is on YALSA’s 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list! Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Date: November 18, 2015
Author: Colleen Ryckert Cook

Hermansson, Casie

Casie Hermansson teaches English at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas (just a tad south of KC!). Her PhD is from the University of Toronto.

She loves to write, and is currently polishing a MG manuscript, and working on two YA novels that compete for her attention.

Books published:

Title: Bluebeard: A Reader’s Guide to the English Tradition
Summary: An academic survey of 300 years of this grisliest of fairy tales in our very own Anglo-American traditions, from folk- and fairy tale through art, music, drama, chapbooks both for children and for adults. University Press of Mississippi (2009).

Title: Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories
Summary: A look at how twentieth century women’s writers rewrote theory from the inside-out by using the Bluebeard fairy tale. Edwin Mellen Press (2001).

Stories & poems in print:

“Monty is from Mars.” Explore Magazine (Pearson, Australia, April 2010).
“The Dirtiest Jobs [of the Middle Ages].” AppleSeeds (September 2010).
“What’s in a Name? The Story of Dr. Frankenstein’s Creature.” Faces (October 2010).

Author visits:

Year round, school days!

“Once upon a time… The end.” How to grow the middle of a story!

Problems, problems, problems. How to use problems and solutions in your stories!

Audience: Elementary

Date: November 15, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

Catt, Vicki

Bio to come

Date: November 13, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations go out to Tessa Elwood!

Congratulations to Heartlander Tessa Elwood – her debut YA novel, INHERIT THE STARS (Running Press Kids), is on the Winter Indie Next list!

Date: November 2, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Roderick Townley’s A BITTER MAGIC is ready to launch!

A Bitter Magic jacket


Reviews have started coming in for Heartlander Roderick Townley’s newest middle-grade novel A BITTER MAGIC!


• “Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, and an appealing heroine.” – Kirkus Reviews

• “A magical adventure with a fascinating setting that will please most middle graders looking for spooky fantasy.” – School Library Journal

• “Cisley is an immensely likable heroine who will attract readers.” – Booklist


Come celebrate with Roderick at one of these upcoming events:

1. KC LAUNCH PARTY: Saturday, November 14, 2pm, at the Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Drive, Overland Park, KS, 913-826-4624).

2. Lawrence LAUNCH PARTY: Monday, November 16, 6:30pm, at the Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont, Lawrence, KS, 785-843-3833).

3. Tallgrass Creek Book Club (public welcome): Tuesday, November 17 at 2pm, at Tallgrass Creek (13800 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS, 913-945-2000).


See more about the book here:

Date: October 3, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Barb Stuber!

Hearty congratulations to Heartlander Barb Stuber for winning the 2015 American Association of University Women’s Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award for her novel GIRL IN REVERSE!

Date: September 29, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Jennifer Greene at Clarion has acquired Alastair Heim‘s picture book, No Tooting at Tea, to be illustrated by Sara Not, in which a perfectly proper tea party goes wrong when someone keeps breaking the no tooting rule. Publication is scheduled for spring 2017; Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown represented the author and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.

Date: July 16, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Lisha Cauthen!

Congratulations to HWKT author Lisha Cauthen! Lisha is the winner of the 2015 SCBWI Missouri YA Mentorship with author Jennifer Brown.

Date: July 3, 2015
Author: Judy Hyde

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Anola Pickett’s novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS is ready to launch!

Congrats to Heartlander Anola Pickett as her new novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS gets ready to launch! Here are two opportunities to join in the celebration:



Launch Party * 1 pm * Sat., July 11


Celebrate Anola’s latest book. Listen to ukelele songs from World War I, hear excerpts from the book and enjoy lemonade and cookies!

Mysteryscape  7309 W 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 649-0000


“In the Know” Program * 2 pm * Sun., July 19


Join Anola and museum archivist Jonathan Casey as they discuss the art of writing and the role of research in both historic fiction and non-fiction. After their discussion, Anola will sign copies of CALLAHAN CROSSROADS.

Event FREE to the public with RSVP

100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108  (816) 888-8100

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