Friday, April 19, 2013

San Antonio on Sunday

I head to San Antonio, Texas tomorrow to appear on a Sunday panel at the International Reading Association’s 58th Annual Convention: “But Kids Haven’t Heard of That!”: Why Teaching Unconventional Nonfiction Is Important.

The panel was put together by Marc Tyler Nobleman and will also include Chris Barton, Shana Corey, and Meghan McCarthy. We’ll each say a bit about our work—I’m looking forward to talking a little Moonshot and Ballet for Martha, plus I’ll be packing F&Gs for Locomotive and will look forward to showing some of the process and research behind that book—and then our moderator, professor of children’s books and reading and language arts Susannah Richards, who isnt really any more moderate than any of the rest of us, will get the questions and conversation going. 

I’m happy to be on a panel with this great group and looking forward to everyones presentations. Thanks, Marc, for getting this organized. The panel will run from 3:00 to 5:45 in room 006D of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. If you’re going to be at IRA, I hope you’ll come by! Details are in the IRA schedule online, here. (That link should take you directly to page 236 of the schedule, in PDF form. Page 236 is where the action is.)

Edit: And! I’ll be signing books at Texas bookseller Pat Anderson’s Overlooked Books booth (booth number 2519) on Sunday, from noon to 2:00.


Jessica Petersen said...

Sounds like a wonderful presentation! I would have loved to have seen it. I was at the SCBWI Western Washington conference today and saw the cover for Locomotive during Sophie Blackall's keynote speech. The review that called it "stunning" was quite correct in that assessment. In the haze of the end of a day at a writing conference, the cover was so vibrant that the steam engine seemed to be rushing toward us off the projector screen. I can't wait to order a copy.

I was particularly struck by it because in addition to being an aspiring writer, I run Play Trains! (, a blog with ideas for playing and learning with children who love trains. Please let me know if there's any way I can help get the word out about the book.

Brian Floca said...

Jessica, I sometimes don't notice that comments have been left here until long after the fact, so apologies for taking so long to acknowledge yours. I was glad to read it, and glad to be introduced to your blog! Thank you!