The first post today is by Pete Springer former teacher and author who writes about a recent incredible project undertaken by the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee, bringing in 25 authors to talk to children in the district’s school. Apart from very careful planning to bring the author festival together, planned outages due to recent wildfires threatened to disrupt the planned events… I hope you will head over to find out how it turned out.. well worth it.
What a wild couple of weeks! I hardly know where to begin. Eighteen months ago, I decided to join the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival Committee. https://www.authorfest.org/. My limited knowledge of this group was based on my past experiences when I was teaching. Every two years, I got to enjoy a beautiful day with my class when a children’s writer would visit our school. Before the author’s visit, the teachers would read many of the author’s books so that the kids could become more familiar with his/her books.
The magical day would arrive, and I so enjoyed watching my students’ faces as they became fully engaged. The authors would share some of their books, how they became an author/illustrator, and convince many children that they too could follow their dreams and become whatever they wanted to be. As I watched my students’ receptive faces, I saw future writers and illustrators born that day.
There were two main reasons I joined this committee: (1) I want to support anything that promotes literacy and education. (2) While I was teaching (I taught thirty-one years in grades 2-6), I dreamed of becoming a children’s author.
Head over to read the rest of this very interesting post: Pete Springer Promoting Literacy
Pete Springer’s book is now in Ebook on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/They-Call-Mom-Difference-Elementary-ebook/dp/B07YBL8DPY
The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and is one of her in depth book reviews. This week the fascinating subject of The Mother of the Brontës
Those of you who follow me will know that I have shared my interest in the Brontës and my love for Haworth on many occasions already. And when I saw this book about their mother, I had to read it. And I am very happy I did.
At long last, the untold story of the mysterious Mrs Brontë.
They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost.
The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.
Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution. An unlikely romance and novel wedding were soon followed by the birth of six children. They included Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the most gifted literary siblings the world has ever known.
Her children inherited her intelligence and wit and wrote masterpieces such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Yet Maria has remained an enigma while the fame of her family spread across the world. It is time to bring her out of the shadows, along with her overlooked contribution to the Brontë genius.
Untimely death stalked Maria as it was to stalk all her children. But first there was her fascinating life’s story, told here for the first time by Sharon Wright.
Head over to read Olga’s review in full: The Mother of the Brontes – When Maria Met Patrick – Book Review
Please visit Amazon or Olga’s blog to view all her books.
The final post today is from author Anne Stormont who also writes for children as Anne McAlpine. Anne was invited to give a talk a the primary school on the Isle of Skye… here is a short excerpt from her post, but I recommend you head over to enjoy the rest.
Author Talk on the Isle of Skye – a bit of writing life away from the desk
Writing can be a lonely profession – all that sitting at the desk – alone with your own thoughts. So it’s good to get away from time to time – and it’s even better to be able to combine that with talking about your work and getting to meet readers and prospective readers.
So I was delighted recently to get an invitation to do just that.
I was invited to do an author talk to the Primary 5, 6 and 7 children on the 5th November at Broadford Primary School on the Scottish Isle of Skye. And not only that I was also invited to deliver a writing workshop to the Primary 7 children later on the same day. And of course I would be appearing as my children’s author alter-ego, Anne McAlpine – author of The Silver Locket (for 9 to 12 year-olds), rather than Anne Stormont writer of adult fiction.
I lived and worked as a teacher on the island for many years and the invitation came from a friend who is also a former colleague.
And it was lovely to have a reason to go back. I miss Skye so much that I hadn’t felt able to return during the (almost) three years since I left. But this offer to talk about my work as a writer and to share The Silver Locket with some of its intended readership, was the perfect opportunity to get over myself and return to the place where I left a big part of my heart.
Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post: Author Talk by Anne Stormont
Buy Anne’s books for adults: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Stormont/e/B004IU0P8K – As Anne McAlpine: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-McAlpine/e/B013BZZQW2 – Blog/Website: https://anne-stormont.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5156419.Anne_Stormont
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and enjoy the post in full. Thanks Sally.