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Escaping The Tiger Launch Party

Escaping The Tiger Launch Party

Please join Laura Manivong for the launch of her debut novel, ESCAPING THE TIGER. Reading Reptile in Brookside Saturday, March 6 from 6pm-8pm Please call for reservations at 816.753.0441 (from HarperCollins Children’s Books, ages 10+)

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Celebrating the life of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams, with authors Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, and live music from Mark Lowrey 2010 is the Centennial of Mary Lou Williams’ birth, and Reading Reptile will host an evening with Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, co-authors of THE LITTLE PIANO GIRL, the newly released and beautifully illustrated picture book biography commemorating the life of Mary Lou Williams. -Saturday, February 13th, from 6 – 8 pm -Reservations requested: 816.7530441 -Copies available for…

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Ann Ingalls to speak at Plaza Library

Ann Ingalls to speak at Plaza Library

Join us January 29 at the Plaza Library to hear Heartlander Anne Ingalls talk about Little Piano Girl. Ann and her sister, Maryann McDonald, wrote the biography of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams, who had her first public performance at the age of six and went on to write and arrange music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. The talk starts at 7 pm.

Catching Fire with Kansas SCBWI: Brand Yourself!

Catching Fire with Kansas SCBWI: Brand Yourself!

Join SCBWIer and Heartlander Jenn Bailey, our very own social media whiz,  for a hands-on workshop on Branding Yourself! In the morning we’ll discuss how social media can help you research the publishing world, network, and market yourself. In the afternoon learn how to build a functional Website that integrates social media tools and lets editors and agents get a look at who you are. Bring your laptops if you can and get ready to get busy! Get details and register here! Register in advance:…

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Ann Ingalls’ The Little Piano Girl

Ann Ingalls’ The Little Piano Girl

The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC, have invited Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald to sign books at a celebration for the centennial of jazz great Mary Lou Williams’ birth. The sisters’ labor of love, The Little Piano Girl, is illustrated by Giselle Potter and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in January 2010. Future signing include The Lincoln Center in New York City and the American Jazz Museum and the Plaza Library in Kansas City. The…

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KSCBWI Conference Sept 11-12

KSCBWI Conference Sept 11-12

Kansas SCBWI has planned a rip-roarin’ conference for children’s writers and illustrators. Yes, we got authors! Bruce Coville, Cheryl Harness, Jennifer Brown, Dian Curtis Regan, LD Harkrader. We got illustrator Tom Nelson, agent  Ted Malawar of Firebrand Literary, editor Eve Adler of Henry Holt and Company. We got manuscript critques and portfolio reivews and sessions on characters, voice, humor, structure and more! Get the lowdown here. Hope to see you there!

KS SCBWI Workshop 5-2-09

KS SCBWI Workshop 5-2-09

Writers at Work—2009 KS SCBWI Event: Strong Words Saturday, May 2nd, 9:30 to 3:30 Mardel Meeting Room, 119th & Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park Impressed by the word choice of other authors? Want your prose to stand out? We’ll work on how to make our words strong, plus you’ll have the opportunity for a short critique of your work. Here’s the lineup:

Celebrate Elizabeth C. Bunce’s ALA debut author award

Celebrate Elizabeth C. Bunce’s ALA debut author award

The Johnson County Library will host a reception for Elizabeth C. Bunce on Sunday, March 22 from 2  pm  to 4 pm at the Lackman Neighborhood Library. She’ll be honored for receiving the first ever American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award for her debut young adult novel, Curse Dark as Gold (Arthur A. Levine Books, March 208). Come listen to Elizabeth talk about Curse, enjoy refreshments and buy a copy of her amazing book.