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North Carolina Reading Association Conference

I had a blast at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference! I walked into the exhibit hall to this sign:

I was on a lunch panel with four other authors: Dasan Ahanu, Alan Gratz, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Elja Bowen. Later that afternoon, I presented at a breakout session called, Students As Storytellers. For the first time, I publicly shared the cover of my next book, Of Words & Water–The Story of Wilma Dykeman Writer, Historian, Environmentalist.

I think illustrator, Sophie Page outdid herself on this one. Her sketch of Wilma looks exactly like her photographs.

I was very pleased with this review, Alternative Forms of Storytelling: Appalachian Women’s Quilts and Black Women’s Hands: https://gatheringbooks.org/2023/03/27/monday-reading-250/?fbclid=IwAR3bW-n0_D7UQYvBiC6i7xqwZAxdc87gn3vM4nBIJ1DczkeMaxUuB_TgJw0

That’s all my news for the month of March, but I hope to have a publication date for the Wilma Dykeman book soon, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the illustrations!