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1. "Books You Don't Need In a Place You Can't Find"

Of course a place with so many authors and illustrators around would have the most awesome bookstore.

We were still staying in our lovely undisclosed location when we first visited the Montague Bookmill . . .

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Set in an gristmill that was built in 1842, this amazing indie bookstore is on the banks of a river and located near Amherst . . .

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After THE MOST DELICIOUS SALAD at Lady Killgrew , which is part of the Montague Mill . . .

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. . . it was time to explore . . .

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2. SURTEX 2012 - leigh hannan

leigh hannan is a first time exhibitor at surtex, in booth 466. leigh will be displaying new papier mache & upcycled home decor items, as well as designs suitable for fabric, tabletop, paper products, and more!

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3. SURTEX 2012 - vita mechachonis

vita mechachonis will be enjoying her 6th year at surtex, but the first one in her own booth (booth #355). vita will be showing her newest collections including talking vegetables, robots, christmas, halloween, everyday, and so much more. she is hoping to expand her licensing into bedding, home decor, tabletop and toys, as well as continue in stationery, paper goods and fabric.

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4. SURTEX - carol van zandt

san francisco based designer, carol van zandt, returns to surtex for a second time this year in booth 327 with new collections for holiday and coastal, featuring classic themes with an original contemporary approach. 2012 brought the launch of her first licensed fabric collections through andover fabrics inc. of new york. carol’s designs and collections are licensable for any product including

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5. comiket + pop-up festival: comics for all ages!

This weekend I went to one of my favourite comics festivals, Comiket, just across the road from Liverpool Street station in London. And a few days later, I went to a meeting at Central Saint Martins art college to plan a comics festival for kids! So starting with Comiket, which had mostly grown-ups attending, here's one of my small-press heroes, Philippa Rice, doing live collage drawing:

I did live drawing last year, it's quite nerve-wracking being on such a big screen! But fun, too... Here you can see an aisle of comics people selling their wares.

Here's lovely John Allison...

...who was offering sketches made on the spot! I liked the little sign he drew:

I came home with one of John's comics, Murder She Writes, which starts out featuring a children's book writer, but her chipper 12-year-old intern takes over the story as they go on a writer's retreat and there's a murder. It's a great story, really made me laugh. You can read it online here, and I really recommend getting a printed copy and John to draw in it next time you see him.

So here's the stuff I brought back from Comiket, a good deal of it self-published, or by creators who started out self-publishing: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Oh wait, that's not a comic, that's a World Book Night gift novel, but a cracking good read!), Please God, Find Me a Husband by Simone Lia, lovely postcard by Philippa Rice, Caticorn stickers by Timothy Winchester, Miss Moti by Kripa Joshi, Murder She Writes by John Allison, People I know by Timothy Winchester, Goliath by Tom Gauld, Sevillana by Marina Williams, Discovering by Elly Gay, Nine Lives by Kristyna Baczynski, Pocket Full of Coffee by Joe Decie, My Cardboard Life by Philippa Rice (the third time I bought it; it makes such a nice gift), Ladder by Kristyna Baczynski, 12 Postcards by Tom Gauld, Cardboard Colin and the Wasps and Models Forever by Philppa Rice, three Glister books by Andi Watson.

And here are two of the fabulous Comica Festival Comiket organisers: Megan O'Donnolley and Paul Gravett on either side of oodrow Phoenix, all dressed in very subtle shirts.

I finally got to meet Yorkshire-based comic artist Kristyna Baczynski after hearing lots about her. Here's a sketchbook she drew on her lunch breaks while she was working a full-time office job. She printed it up into booklets, titled, appropriat

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6. Sign of the times

Venture capitalist
Bedroom producer

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7. Exploring Book Apps for Children at Emerson School

Today I'm excited to share our school's journey exploring book apps for children. I'll be presenting our favorites to the Bay Area Independent School Librarians (BAISL) at their quarterly meeting. You can find the handout here. Today and tomorrow, I'll share here at Great Kid Books some of my students' favorite book apps.

I’m fascinated by the question: how much does the medium shape our expectations? or are children really just interested in whether the story pulls them into the experience? When we read a book, we come to expect certain things. We turn the pages, we wait at each page and think a moment. Or we know we can flip the pages back and forth.

When we open a web page, we expect to be able to drag the scroll bar up and down, click our mouse on hyperlinks, and use the back button to take us back to where we started.

So what are children expecting as they turn on an iPad? How do these expectations - usually developed, quite honestly, with games like Angry Birds - shape their reaction to Book Apps? You expect to poke something and have it respond to your actions. You expect it to change and move.

Picture book apps (for ages 5-10)

The Monster at the End of This Book
Callaway Digital Arts, 2011

Lovable, furry Grover gets kids giggling every time the read this book app. Callaway Digital Arts and Sesame Street have teamed together to add just the perfect amount of animation and interaction, along with Grover's classic voice, to capture kids' attention from the get-go.

Listen to my review from Katie Davis's podcast: Brain Burps about Books:

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Oceanhouse Media, 2010

Oceanhouse Media lead the way with book apps, adapting many Seuss classics to the iPad. These apps are developed with great thought and care of what will help new readers, often mimicking the way a parent or teacher would read with a child. You read a few lines and look at a portion of the original text. The text never overwhelms the image. If you tap on an image, the narrator names that image and the word pops up in bold letters. Kids come back to these stories because of they respect the heart and feel of Seuss's originals.

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8. Answer to Fun Quiz

(B) Menno Simons (1496-1561)

After  being ordained a Roman Catholic priest, he began an intensive study of scripture.

He experienced spiritual anguish over the topic of infant baptism. His studies led him on a search that brought him into association with a group called Anabaptists who preached in a believer's baptism.

In 1536, he joined them and separated from the state church, becoming a fugitive.

Mennonite was a tag word created to identify his followers.

We often get nicknamed because of a trait or event.

What's your nickname.

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9. Roll Out the Barrel...

Yes, that's right.  Today, the barrel table and stray grape were the focus of my attention.

If you looking close, there's one of those annoying crane flies sitting
on the table near the man's sleeve - the joys of painting in a garage at night.
There's so much to do in this panel and a lot of it required some changes - I knew that going in.  I'm down to the figures and I fully expect to get thoroughly wrapped up in those details for a while.  I did adjust the woman's arm this evening (which I noticed was freakishly long).

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10. Books of Poetry for Kids

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 25, 2012

Beautiful Dreamers

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’ve hand-picked ten many-splendored new books. Children are born loving poetry from the moment they form their first babbling words to when they begin to tackle more complex rhythms and tongue twisters. As they acquire language and enjoy how it rolls off their tongues, they also gain an appreciation for the beauty of creative expression. Nothing quite tops that moment when they learn to recite their first nursery rhyme. So leave a poem in your child’s pocket and help him discover the appeal of modern poetry.

Every Thing On It

By Shel Silverstein

If you’re like most of us, you may have grown up with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, or The Giving Tree on your childhood bookshelf. Master wordsmith and doodler Shel Silverstein invented laugh-out-loud silly rhymes for us to endlessly ponder. Every Thing On It has been posthumously published as a new collection of his irreverent poems and characters drawn with his trademark squiggly offhand style. It’s a great joy to share his nonsense poems with a new generation to puzzle over and love for years to come.

Ages 8-11 | Publisher: HarperCollins | September 20, 2011

A Stick Is An Excellent Thing

By Marilyn Singer; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

What a winning combination Pham’s playful illustrations and Singer’s amusing verse make in this lovely poetry collection. Bouncing rhyme and pictures of active children at play ensure even the most poetry-adverse child will warm to its magical delights. As Singer’s light-handed verse concludes, “A stick is an excellent thing if you find the perfect one.” We’ve certainly found the perfect book of poetry in this one. For more on LeUyen Pham, check out our interview with her.

Ages 5-8 | Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | February 28, 2012

Water Sings Blue

By Kate Coombs; Illustrated by Meilo So

In her first book of poetry, Kate Coombs takes us on a voyage under the sea.

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11. The solace of books

It has often been said that parents of children with disabilities isolate themselves from the outside world. As someone who fits into this category I put my hand up and admit to having built a life I feel comfortable with, one that lends itself to isolation. Being a parent of a child with a disability suits me.

 I am unable to socialise with the social clicks that come with work, school, book clubs and all the rest. I attend a few events, but am always happy to return home to my safe haven. I am far too busy ferrying one of my three school children to or from various activities, running my eldest son to and from doctor’s appointments or hospital depending on the week and supporting my eldest daughter, who after numerous failed auditions is still determined to follow her dreams.

In his recent book, Family Consequences of Children’s Disabilities, Dennis Hogan writes ‘parents often remark that their social lives disappear’. For a self confessed introvert this does not pose any great threat.

There are choices: to socialise with friends who are in a similar situation which can become overwhelmingly bleak or to socialise with friends who at least from the outside look to have the perfect life. This is also flawed as friends often struggle to understand the ramifications of caring for a child or adult with a profound disability.

My solace has always been books and music. They formed the fabric of my childhood and like trusted old friends keep me company through the good and the not so good times. They don’t talk back to me or reassure me that everything will be fine, when clearly it will not. I can simply lose myself in someone else’s story.

Surprisingly even these friends can pose difficulties. In recent months I have had to refrain from listening to music when alone in the car. I began a nasty habit of crashing into other vehicles when thoughts wandered into harrowing territory. My solution has been to switch off all music, a lifelong passion, and listen to audiobooks instead. It has worked a treat. In recent months, Jim Broadbent became an adored companion as he read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryand the latest, I’ve Got Your Numberby Sophie Kinsella, kept me smiling through six and a half hours of driving between soccer fields, drama workshops, hospital trips and gymnastics competitions.

Isolation can causes introverts to spend their lives on the fringes, but maybe this is not always such a bad thing. Some time out and rest from the madness of the world around us to recuperate and restore our

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12. Take Children's Songs Literally

I laughed a number of times when I read Sarah Schmelling's McSweeney's piece Mom Takes Children's Songs Literally.  Who among us hasn't thought, "You’re paying far too much attention to that very, very small spider"?

Read the examples in the link, and then add your own in the comments. Here are some of my off-the-cuff responses:

Is "Eeyi-Eeyiyo" the name of the farm or the sound the old farmer MacDonald makes when s/he has to get up in the early morning to feed all of those chickens, ducks, sheep, etc?

Three words for Henry: Stop Making Excuses.  For those who think that Liza is overly demanding, consider that Henry started the whole scenario with his whining.

I know those examples are not as clever as the ones in Schmelling's piece. That's why I'm looking to you.

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13. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art ~ Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located in the Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver, Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art is a treasure for adults and children! Founded by Dr. Christianne Hayward as part of her dream to contribute to the rich literary and arts community in Vancouver , the Lyceum of Literature and Art “brings together writers, illustrators, educators, and families to share diverse streams of thought through the medium of story – oral, written, and visual”. I asked staff member Genie MacLeod if she could share with me more about the Lyceum. Here is what she wrote:

Class begins on the carpet.

This is always the way at Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art.  Enter the Lyceum and chances are the first thing you will notice is the welcoming carpet space enclosed on three sides by a big comfy couch, a pile of giant stuffed animals and pillows, and a bookshelf laden with stories and picture book exploring every topic imaginable.   And, of course, there are two toy-boxes brimful of games and activities.

If you are a preschooler and attending a Preschool Literature and Art class you might spread out a puzzle on the carpet and ask some friends to help you complete it.  If you are in elementary school and attending a parent-and-child Book Club with your mum or dad, you might cozy up on the couch and discuss plot, character, and themes in anticipation of one of Christianne’s killer book trivia crossword puzzles.  If you are in high school and attending a Writer’s Workshop, you might find the perfect spot on the carpet to spread out your tiles for a heated game of Bananagrams.  If you are an adult and attending a Meet the Author night featuring a local author, you might relax on the couch and chat with a fellow reader about the author’s latest work over a glass of wine.

Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art offers year-round arts and literature-based programs for community members of all ages, from toddlers through to adults.  Our classes, workshops, and events — which include writers’ workshops, book clubs, literature and art-based early childhood education programs, professional development workshops for educators, open mic nights, book launches and more — accommodate all age levels, skill sets, and artistic and literary predilections. A lot of our programming is designed to build social and environmental consciousness, and some of our most popular summer camps for preschoolers and primary students are Something Fishy is Going on in the Ocean, a week-long camp that combines art and literature with a study of ocean sustainability and the role we play in that, and Preserving our Wetlands – similar idea, but focusing on the wetlands.

Our programs focus on nurturing a playfulness with language and art, allowing students to develop a confidence in their abilities and instilling a passion for written, oral, and visual stories.  We find that once these elements are present, students become invested in their own ability to create, passionately discussing principles of great works of art, and actively participating in the creative process.  This method allows us to teach to the needs of the group.

The spirit of community and conviviality that you find on the carpet is a reflection of what we try to do at the Lyceum.  Whet

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14. 5Q Poet Interview Series: Amy Sklansky

Our 5Q Poet Interview series for National Poetry Month continues with this interview with Amy Sklansky about her new book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space. Graduate student Garra Ballinger offers this interview (plus) with Amy.

All About the Author Amy E. Sklansky
Greetings Earthlings! My latest mission took me high into the sky, straight into Outer Space, where I met up with a wonderful children’s book author, Amy E. Sklansky. Amy has always enjoyed reading and books and began her career working as an editor at HarperCollins. She spent many years editing other people’s books and one day decided to take a try at writing some of her own. Her first book in the genre of poetry explored those four legged creatures some call man’s best friend. Written from a dog’s perspective, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On was a huge success, so Amy continued writing and has since published a poetry book about Halloween, several fiction books, and a nonfiction book about the life cycle of a chick. Her success has continued with her latest publication, Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space, which I will be spotlighting for you. For more information about Amy and to check out her books visit her website. Here you can get a sneak peek inside all of her books and also find some great information on ways to use the books in the classroom with her “Teacher Features.”
Amy Sklansky’s website: http://www.amysklansky.com/

Summary of Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space
If you are ready to blast off with some incredible space themed poetry you need to check out what Amy Sklansky has created for readers in her newest collection, Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space. This book seems to bring out the astronaut in us all, as readers embark on their own space mission of both poetry and facts all about space. There is so much to explore in this grand book about space; planets, stars, rockets, the moon, satellites, and there is even a poem about a space suit…you can’t get to space without one of these! Sklansky really brings science to life with this collection of poems and coupled with the facts children are sure to be engaged and learning the whole time they are reading. Readers everywhere agree, this book is truly out of this world!

Check out these reviews:
Publisher’s Weekly says, “Sklansky contrasts light verse about the universe with facts about outer space in this gentle collection. An evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific.”

St. Louis Examiner says, “Color-soaked pages carry twenty simple poems with sidebars of interesting tidbits about the mysteries and science of space.”

School Library Journal

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15. W is for Workman

Today is the twenty-third day of the A to Z Challenge. I don’t really have a set theme, but I’ll be blogging about writing, favorite books, bloggers’ books, and music I listen to while I write.  

W is for Workman

EXILED by Rashelle Workman
From Goodreads:

Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

An alien princess exiled to Earth.
An arrogant boy.
One week to get back to her planet or she'll die.
And, her only chance for survival? She must help the boy find his soul mate.
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16. Today’s CB Biz Roundup

Today’s news from around the industry, only on CB Biz:

Pixar Releases Upcoming Film Slate at CinemaCon

Columbia College Chicago Honors Outstanding Alumni At Commencement Ceremonies, Including Disney Animator Marlon West

The One Club Announces Judging Panel For 4th Annual One Show Awards

Anaheim’s Promenade Gallery Hosts Disneyland-themed “Rat Trap Gallery” Show

New Zealand Animation/VFX Company Toybox Hires Bruce Carter & Leoni Willis

DreamWorks Animation Releases iOs App For “Rise of the Guardians”

Korea Announces Government Funding For Dubbing Of Korean Films For Foreign Release

Call For Entries: Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival

Call For Entries: Athens Animation Festival

New York Int’l Children’s Festival Invited Adults For Claymation Workshop Benefit For Scholarship Program

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17. Presentation Power and Self Promotion

Maximize your presentation power with solid self promotion, and see the school bookings come rolling in …

How many schools do you want to visit in a year’s time? How many schools do you actually visit? If those numbers aren’t the same you might need to put more effort into sales or marketing. Do you know the difference between the two?

Marketing comes first. It is:

1. Defining your product or service

2. Setting a price for your product or service

3. Identifying a market for your product or service

4. Promoting your product or service

Sales is the act of closing the deal—selling and delivering the product or service. Marketing a school program is a lot more difficult than selling a product that people can see, hold, and try. Author school programs are generally big-ticket items that are purchased based on the recommendation of others or based on your marketing materials. This is risky.

How can you help your prospective customers know that you are a risk worth taking? You can start by offering a professional program at a competitive and fair price. You should understand your customers and their needs. And you should make it easy for your customers to find you if you don’t find them first. This is all part of good marketing.

Let’s look at the tasks at hand:


a. First and foremost, brand yourself.  You are a business person with a product to sell. Wear your book cover, title, logo or imprint on your clothes, hat, or coat. Dress in costume of your characters. Branding sets you apart from others and makes you memorable. Ask your publisher for branding ideas.

b. Define your program. Will you do an informal talk with a small group, a workshop or demonstration on writing or illustrating, or a multi-media program for a large assembly? Whatever the case, schools need to know how long your program is, how many times you can deliver it in one day and what you will do (if anything) for the rest of the school day.  They need you to stick to your program to the very minute. There is no “running over” on school time.  In planning, leave sufficient time for students to move to the gym, other classrooms, or wherever you are speaking.

c.  Be generous in your offering. If you can only give two talks, workshops, or assembly programs during the day, consider visiting classrooms in between times for question and answer sessions or shorter talks (10 minutes), or even offering to have lunch with special interest groups such as young writers or artists.

d.  Be sure to include book sales as part of your “service.”  If you can, offer the books at a discount to school stude

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18. Remembering Diana Wynne Jones - Cathy Butler

Last Sunday found me at St George’s in Bristol, a deconsecrated church now used as a concert hall, and frequently the venue from which BBC lunchtime concerts are broadcast. What brought me there was not music, but a celebration of the life and work Diana Wynne Jones, who died last year, and who was both one of the best British children’s writers of her generation and, I’m proud to say, a friend.

I’d had some part in organizing and publicizing the event, but we weren’t sure how many people were actually going to turn up. We knew we could count on fifty or so family, friends and fans, but it was gratifying to see something close to two hundred people in the hall. Downstairs in the crypt there was a sale of spare copies of Diana’s books, accumulated over the years from her many publishers. The translated editions were made into a tottering Babel Tower, from which I was able to claim 10 Comments on Remembering Diana Wynne Jones - Cathy Butler, last added: 5/15/2012
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19. Waiting for the Biblioburro wins a Christopher Award

 First presented in 1949, the Christopher Awards were established by Christopher founder Father James Keller to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Their goal is to encourage men, women and children to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence a mass audience positively. Award winners encourage audiences to see the better side of human nature and motivate artists and the general public to use their best instincts on behalf of others.

To see the complete list of the Christopher Award book winners visit http://www.christophers.org

In Waiting for the Biblioburro (Tricycle Press/Random House Children’s Books), author Monica Brown and illustrator John Parra craft a tale for kindergartners inspired by traveling librarian Luis Soriano who carries books to children in rural Columbia on his two donkeys.

Illustrator John Parra Shares His Experience 
on Waiting for the Biblioburro

I knew before starting  the art for Waiting for the Biblioburro that it would be a very special children's book. It began when I heard the moving story of librarian and teacher, Luis Soriano Bohórquez, and his amazing work in the rural areas of Columbia. Mr. Soriano, accompanied by his two donkeys, Alpha and Beto, travel throughout the back roads and countryside of his territory to deliver books for kids who have little to no access to libraries or schools. Once there he reads and teaches his pupils the joy of reading, learning, and using ones imagination. He also allows the young students to borrow books from his Biblioburro and then return them with his next visit.

It is not hard to be inspired by this wonderful tale of a modern day hero especially when the story inspires a wonderfully written children's narrative by author Monica Brown. Monica's story for Waiting for the Biblioburro, tells of Mr. Soriano's tale beautifully fictionalized through the eyes of a young girl named Ana who loves books and loves to read. As I created the drawings for the book I found many wonderful reference images of Luis with his burros, the kids he visited and small villages, plus other images of farms, trees, rivers, plants, animals and even the insects as well as artwork and food, all from this rich and diverse region. I love when I get to research these projects because it gives me a chance to visually step into the characters shoes and see what they might see. Through this observation and my own imagination I can create the artwork.

From t

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20. End of April Weekend Sale!

It’s time for a sale in my Etsy store. End of April Weekend Sale. Get 15% off any purchase in my store from now till the last day of April. Offer ends Monday, April 30. Whether you are buying prints, jewelry or originals,  use this coupon to get the code.

end of april sale diana levin art

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21. samhiti: VADER Sam Hiti gives Vader a little heart.



Sam Hiti gives Vader a little heart.

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22. (April 26 – READY) Corban Addison GC – Writing a Novel People Want to Read

Over the years—before the release of my debut novel, A WALK ACROSS THE SUN, and in the months since—I have heard aspiring writers say, “I don’t write stories for an audience. I write for myself.” When I was an aspiring novelist penning stories that no one wanted to publish, I used to say the same thing. The rejections piled up, but I dismissed them as unenlightened or obtuse. In truth, without knowing it, I was the one who was unenlightened.

GIVEAWAY: Corban is excited to give away a free copy of his book to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before.





Guest column by Corban Addison, who holds degrees in law and
engineering from the University of Virginia and California Polytechnic
State University, San Luis Obispo. His debut novel, A WALK ACROSS THE SUN
(Jan. 2012, SilverOak), addresses the global trade in human beings
and is endorsed by John Grisham. In researching the book, Addison
spent time with officials and activists in the field and went undercover
into the brothels of India to meet trafficking victims firsthand. Addison
is an avid supporter of human rights causes, including the abolition of
modern slavery. To find out more, visit his website and find
him on Facebook and Twitter.



Then I stumbled upon a story idea that, in its very conception, had an audience in mind—a novel that would address and humanize global human trafficking (modern slavery) for readers around the world. As soon as the idea came to me, I knew that I would fail if I did not write a story that people would want to read. Indeed, I had the sense that to write effectively about such a heavy topic, I had to be conscious of my audience from the first scene to the last.

At every stage of the writing process—story building, composition, and editing—I asked myself the question: am I advancing a narrative that will reach the widest possible audience? For me, it was not a matter of fitting into the Procrustean bed of genre. If anything, I wanted to transcend genre barriers to access a broader readership. I wanted to fuse the pacing and story arc of an edge-of-your-seat thriller with the atmosphere and dimensionality of something more literary. My paramount concern was not to advance my vision of the good or to win critical acclaim. I wanted people to pick up the story and find it impossible to put it down.

By way of example: A WALK ACROSS THE SUN tells the story of

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23. Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

I’ve been working hard to prepare lectures for my graduate students that address the  Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, with regard to the teaching of writing.  While I have read through the… Read More

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24. Ascend

And Wendy thought deciding between Finn and Loki was bad.  Now she has to worry about a war.  Wendy comes of age in this final conclusion with twists and turns that will keep you wanting more.

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25. Pathways to the Common Core + a Giveaway

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