Monday, April 6, 2015

Come Celebrate Spring and TLA with The Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels

April showers bring May flowers...and TLA. We hope to see many of you there. Below is our complete schedule and other Sweetheart/Scoundrel news. As always, thank you Texas librarians for all that you do and for your love of books.

TLA Schedule 

P.J. Hoover
Wednesday, April 15
11:00-11:45 am - P. J. Hoover signing copies of TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE at Tor/Forge Booth (1352)
2:00-3:00 pm - P. J. Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson signing at Overlooked Books Booth (2142)
4:00-5:30 pm - P. J. Hoover at YART Texas Tea Event
Thursday, April 16
9:50-10:20 am - P. J. Hoover at TT4L Event, Meet and Greet area
2:00-2:30 pm - P. J. Hoover on TT4L Author Panel
6:30-8:30 pm - Texas Authors and Illustrators Meet and Greet event at Hilton Hotel
Jeanette Larson
Tuesday, April 14
4:00-4:50 pm - moderating Stacks Full of Murder with three mystery writers.
Wednesday, April 15
4:00-4:50 pm  - Weeding is Not a Crime
Thursday, April 16
10:00-11:00 am - Signing at Overlooked Books Booth (2142)
Jessica Lee Anderson
Wednesday, April 15
2:00-3:00 pm - P.J. Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson signing at Overlooked Books Booth (2142)
K.A. Holt
Wednesday, April 15
10:15-11:50 am - Kari will be reading from HOUSE ARREST at the POETRY ROUNDUP.
3:00-3:45 pm - book signing for HOUSE ARREST in the Author's Area
4:00-5:20 pm - Texas Tea for YA Authors. Kari will be sharing about HOUSE ARREST, and signing ARCs.
Thursday, April 16
9:00-9:45 am - TT4L meet & greet
9:50-10:35 am - Kari will be signing HOUSE ARREST ARCs at the TT4L event
10:35-Noon - Kari will be typing spontaneous, customized poems on a vintage typewriter, withTypewriter Rodeo

Quick side note: In a non-TLA capacity, Kari will be reading and competing at the Literary Death Match at 8:30 on Tuesday 4/14 at Austin's North Door. Hit the exhibit hall at the conference center, and then come by for some literary smashmouth fun.
Don Tate
Tuesday, April 14
2:00-3:00 pm - A Colorful Canon: Celebrate Our Diversity. (CPE #275: SBEC2.0)
6:00- 6:45 pm - Signing ARCs during Grand Opening, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON
Wednesday, April 15
10:15-11:50 am - Annual Poetry Roundup  
(CPE #305: SBEC 1.5)

2:00 -2:45 pm - Signing IT JES' HAPPENED: WHEN BILL TRAYLOR STARTED TO DRAW, (Lee & Low Books)

3:30 - Booth signing, THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH (Eerdmans booth 1475)
Thursday, April 16
9:00- 9:45 am - Peachtree booth signing (1656), POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON

2:00-3:00 pm - I Met Them at the Library: Picture Book Biographies (CPE#478: 2.0)

FRIDAY, April 17
9:00 am -  Booth signing, THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH (Eerdmans booth 1475)
Latest Sweetheart/Scoundrel News

Don Tate
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, illustrated by Don Tate, has received its second starred review. This one from Booklist:
The fascinating story of John Roy Lynch's life in slavery to his election to the U. S. House of Representatives at age 25, gets a stirring treatment here. . . . Tate's often expansive illustrations emphasize important incidents in the text. The emphasis in other illustrations is on faces, full of emotion add to the power of the telling and the rich soft tones of Tate's palette welcome the eye to linger. "
Don also announces his speaking and book tour website: The Freedom Tour, with dates, teacher resources, more! Contact Don for more information or to book an event.

Don Tate recently had the pleasure of touring schools in Nacogdoches, Houston, and Round Rock, Texas. Thank you, Texas librarians, for bringing students and authors together for a wonderful literacy experience! 

K.A. Holt
Kari is excited to announce that RHYME SCHEMER has received a starred review from Library Media Connection, stating, "A delightful story with just the right amount of boy language, wonderful free verse poetry, and underlying messages." 

RHYME SCHEMER was also recently named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, with Outstanding Merit.

Kari will be attending TLA this year, promoting her soon-to-be-released book HOUSE ARREST, a middle grade novel in verse about one boy's path to redemption as he navigates a sick brother, a grieving mother, and one tough probation officer.

Emma J. Virj√°n
What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig is coming May 12, 2015. You can pre-order now. Checkout the  Pig in a Wig booktrailer. 
Emma is excited to announce that What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig has received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly: "In a story with the echoes of Seuss and Willems, Virjan offers a very funny lesson about the unreliability of narrators." 


This month, our Featured Sweetheart is...

Graciela Cunninghamwith TeacherThinkTank

Teacher Think Tank offers lesson plans and thematic resources to help in lesson planning. Graciela is both a Sweetheart and a Scoundrel.

Thank you, Graciela, for being this month's Featured Sweetheart!
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