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More accolades for Jennifer Brown and HATE LIST!

More accolades for Jennifer Brown and HATE LIST!

Congratulations to Heartlander Jennifer Brown! Her young adult novel, HATE LIST (Little Brown, 2009), is a final nominee for the 2011-2012 Gateway Award, given by the Missouri Association of School Libraries. The winner of the annual Gateway Readers Award is selected by students in grades nine through twelve.

Her latest novel, BITTER END, was released this past May from Little Brown.

Hermansson, Casie

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:

Availability:
Year round, school days!

Presentations:
“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

Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors.

Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Authors Anola Pickett and Charlotte Adelsperger were classroom presenters at Mill Creek Elementary School in Shawnee Mission School District on February 17, 2012. Left: Charlotte visits with fourth graders after her presentation. Right: Anola and Charlotte at the school’s Creative Communication Workshop event, as Anola displays her children’s novel, Wasatch Summer.

New release for Charlotte Adelsperger

New release for Charlotte Adelsperger

Charlotte Adelsperger’s picture book, Amazing Miracles of Jesus, illustrated by Nancy Munger, was released in January, 2012. It is a new addition to Standard Publishing’s Happy Day book series for children ages 3-7. The series has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Congratulations, Charlotte!
Springtime celebration for Wasatch Summer

Springtime celebration for Wasatch Summer

Anola Pickett is pleased to announce the Kansas City launch of her historical middle grade novel Wasatch Summer will be Friday, May 20 at our wonderful independent bookstore The Reading Reptile. She also will answer questions about “Writing Believable Historical Characters” during ICL’s Writer’s Retreat next week, April 19-21. Drop in and ask her a question at institutechildrenslit.net.