Laura is addicted to two things, books and graveyards. She writes YA ghost stories for guys and has completed her first novel, BridgeKeeper. With a bachelor’s degree in acting her life experience and job history are eclectic to say the least. She currently works at a public library slinging books, blogging and teaching fiction writing workshops for adults and teens.
On June 17, Kansas City welcomed hobo Iris Baldwin with open arms. Debut novelist Barbara Stuber celebrated the release of her young adult novel Crossing The Tracks (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010). Many congratulations and best wishes for Barb and Iris!
Join us to celebrate with Heartlander Barbara Stuber and the release of her YA debut Crossing the Tracks. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying “Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true.”
Thursday, June 17
6pm – 8pm
1025 W.8th Street
Kansas City, MO
Watch the CROSSING THE TRACKS trailer
The masses were out to celebrate with Laura Manivong and her young adult debut Escaping the Tiger. Reading Reptile managed to pack in about 250 family, friends and fans last night and sold every last one of Laura’s books. But don’t fret! You can call the store and order one! (816) 753-0441. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the night.
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. (Read more…)
Elizabeth C. Bunce’s A CURSE DARK AS GOLD wins the American Library Association’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award. 2009 is the first year for this award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The work cited will illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by: compelling, high quality writing and/or illustration; the integrity of the work as a whole; and its proven or potential appeal to a wide range of teen readers.
Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She has written eight nonfiction books for young readers. A Voice for Kanzas is Debra’s first novel.
Sheila is an author/illustrator and member of SCBWI. Her work has been recognized with various awards, including the Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. She has been published in several children’s magazines and educational journals and is currently marketing a young adult historical novel.
Jane True has several non-fiction pieces published in journals or anthologies, including Exceptional Parent magazine and Advance Radiology Journal. She is the editor of the Mirror, a quarterly international publication supporting families affected by duplications of the 15th chromosome. She is currently working on her first major fiction manuscript, a YA novel titled My Skiing Sister.