News to thrill Mitali's fan club members (a.k.a., my parents) ...
I'll be presenting "Straight Talk About Writing Race" at NESCBWI's annual Spring conference on April 24, 2009.
Stay tuned for news about January book launch events for Secret Keeper (Random House, January 13, 2009) on the west coast (San Francisco and Seattle), and a February party at Newtonville Books in Massachusetts.
I'm presenting Books Between Cultures at YALSA's inaugural Young Adult Literature Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee November 7-9, 2008.
The Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association came up with their annual list of 25 Notable Books for a Global Society — and Rickshaw Girl is one of them!
Rickshaw Girl is nominated for the 2008-2009 Massachusetts Children's Book Awards, Monsoon Summer for the 2009 Minnesota's Maud Hart Lovelace Award, and First Daughter: White House Rules receives lovely reviews here and there -- thanks to the blogosphere.
Check out this brief clip of Mitali's live interview with Spencer Christian on ABC-KGO's View From The Bay or watch the full segment on KGO's site:
Friday, April 11th - Saturday, April 12th: I'll be at the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, presenting a workshop on Saturday April 12th from 10:05 -11:00 a.m. called "Pajama Promotion: Five Web-Savvy Ways to Generate Buzz About Your Books."
Wednesday, April 16th: I'll be talking about "Books Between Cultures" from 12-12:50 at the Texas Library Association Convention, (Program CPE#356 in room D 171/173 sponsored by the Texas Association of School Librarians) followed by book signings on the exhibit floor, first at the Penguin booth #1701 from 2 – 3, and then at the Author Autographing Area with Charlesbridge from 3-4. Stop by and say hi.
Thursday, April 17th: I'll be celebrating Operation Teen Book Drop at the Winchester Author Festival in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Friday, April 18th: If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can catch me on KGO's View From The Bay from 3-4 p.m. PST (streaming online live here), where I'll be chatting about growing up between cultures and how stories kept me balanced.
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We readergirlz are collaborating with YALSA and teen book publishers to pull off Operation Teen Book Drop, giving away new books to over 10,000 teen patients in twenty children's hospitals across the country.
Paper Tigers' blog celebrated International Mother Language Day by featuring my novel Rickshaw Girl, saying it "would make a great readaloud, especially for a mother and daughter to share." Librarian-blogger Cloudscome agreed, "highly recommend(ing) it for middle grade (8-10 year old) readers, as a read aloud, or a kid's book club book."
I guest-blog over at Mom's Rising.
If you didn't make it to my book launch party on 2/3/08, here's a 3-minute snippet (to explain my wardrobe, it was Super Bowl Sunday and the Pats hadn't lost yet):
Hey! I'm a Readergirlz Diva!
I'll be doing town-wide visits in Needham, Ma and Brookline, Ma during Spring 2008.
Check out my School Library Journal interview about Sparrowblog and the First Daughter novels.
Guess what? I'm going to present "Pajama Promotion: Five Web-Savvy Ways to Generate Buzz About Your Books" at the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' annual conference on April 12, 2008.
Several YA and children's book authors (including me) reflect on how gender affects reading in the September/October 2007 issue of the Horn Book.
Mom and I travel to San Francisco to be part of PaperTiger's Community Outreach in the schools.
No Place Like Home, my article about place in fiction, is published in School Library Journal Curriculum Connections.
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