ALA 2011

 

The American Library Association Annual Conference kicks off on Friday in New Orleans, and I’m super excited because I’LL BE THERE! I’m teaming up with nine fantastic nonfiction writers in a massive celebration of writing and reading and sharing nonfiction. Here are the details:

Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks and Activities for Your Library
Sunday June 26, 2011, 8am-10am
Morial Convention Center Room 243

Start school with new booktalks and activities from ten nonfiction authors: April Pulley Sayre (Rah, Rah, Radishes), Kelly Milner Halls (In Search of Sasquatch), Deborah Heiligman (Charles and Emma), Loree Griffin Burns (The Hive Detectives), Carla Killough McClafferty (The Many Faces of George Washington), Christine Taylor-Butler (Magnets), Shirley Duke (You Can’t Wear These Genes), Darcy Pattison (Prairie Storms), Carla Mooney (Explorers of the New World) and Anastasia Suen (Read and Write Sports). (Handouts)

I’ll also be signing books in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth (#1539-1540) immediately after the presentation and until 11am. I’ve packed scads of honey candy, so please do stop by.

For a complete list of all the Book Blast authors and their signing schedules, visit our blog.

Safe travels!

Launching at the Gale Free

© Loree Griffin Burns

Don’t you just love this little one’s enthusiasm? She’s wearing my bee suit and reading my book at the same time!*

Ellen and I hosted our final book launch/library fundraiser last night at the Gale Free Library in Holden, Massachusetts. We shared stories from our years of working on THE HIVE DETECTIVES together, and the audience shared with us their enthusiasm for honey bees, locally grown foods, libraries, and reading. It was an amazing evening, made even more special to me by the presence of my sister, my college physics professor, my garden mentor, old friends, new friends, and so very many of the people who make my life the honey-sweet ride that it is. Thank you all so much for coming … and for helping us to raise $209.62 for one of my favorite community libraries.

And, so, launch season is over. No more bee cookies to bake, no more books to schlep, no more crowds to entice. But that doesn’t mean I am done talking about THE HIVE DETECTIVES. (Sorry, dudes!) I’ve got some people to thank and to spotlight, and I plan to do that here in the coming weeks. So stay tuned.

In the meanwhile, have a Happy Memorial Day!

* Of course, she’s my daughter. But still …

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