Releases, Festivals, and Signings, oh my!


A belated congratulations and mighty woo-HOO to Sarah Sullivan for her May 10th release of PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN that Kirkus Reviews called “a lovely, resonant offering!”

A warmhearted ode to an American musical tradition and to generational ties, told in lyrical free verse with atmospheric illustrations by Barry Root!

A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he has admired, and so sparks a friendship that will forge a bond between generations. The boy develops under the man’s care and instruction, just as seedlings grow with spring rain and summer sun. From playing on the front porch to performing at folk festivals, the two carry on the tradition of passing the music down. This touching, lyrical story, inspired by the lives of renowned fiddlers Melvin Wine and Jake Krack, includes an author’s note and suggested resources for learning about the musicians and the music they love.

Sullivan captures the sound of the ‘old time’ music in her rhythmic verse, which just cries out to be read aloud… A beautifully crafted picture book” -NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children.

Click here to read an article with video from The Charleston Gazette.

Sarah will also be joining us next week for Coffee & Conservation, where she will share what could be the worst rejection note ever!  There’s also going to be a release party at Taylor Books in Charleston,West Virginia on May 21 for all those interested.

Again, congratulations, Sarah, and best of luck with PASSING THE MUSIC!


Also coming up on Saturday, May 21st is the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Montgomery County, Maryland, where you can meet and hear from dozens of the world’s best writers from best sellers to up-and-comers, hone your own writing skills at workshops, (like the 10:30 am about writing for children,) bring the kids to the Children’s Village, and much more!  

A quick glance at the jam-packed schedule will show that many of our MD/DE/WV and Mid-Atlantic regional authors will be speaking, such as:

Mary Amato

Mary Downing Hahn

Debbie Levy

Carol Millward

Erica Perl

Mary Quattlebaum

Pam Smallcomb

Susan Stockdale

Janet Willen

There will also be an excellent panel at 10:30 am with several Mid-Atlantic SCBWI authors including Pamela Ehrenberg,  Jacqueline JulesKristin Levine, and Ann McCallum called, “There’s a Children’s Book in Me: How Do I Get it Published?”  Sounds great, ladies!

(My apologies if I’ve left anyone out.  Please comment or sent me an email and I will add your name.)

Sounds like a great event, and if anyone takes pictures there, please forward them to me for a future post!


Congratulations, also, to Jeri Smith-Ready for a fabulous book signing at Constellation Books for her latest release, SHIFT!  (See this post for more information.)

Love this poster!

She had a great turn-out that was impossible to get in one photo. 🙂

Jeri with some major fans–Tricia Schwaab, Lona Queen, Susan Mannix, and (me) Laura Bowers!

Congratulations, Jeri, and if anyone has any photos from book signings or release parties that’d you like to share, please forward them to me!

Happy writing, everyone! 🙂

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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3 Responses to Releases, Festivals, and Signings, oh my!

  1. Love the photos from Jeri’s signing! I wanted to be there the same day, but I had to support my daughter! I need to get both books next time I see you, Jeri! Wonderful post with lots of great info., Laura! :>) Lois

  2. Thanks, Laura. Always happy to share Coffee and Conversation with you!

  3. Edie Hemingway says:

    Lots of great information worth celebrating, Laura! And Sarah Sullivan will be one of our presenters at the first SCBWI event for our West Virginia members in Charleston, WV this Saturday. Other presenters are WV authors and SCBWI members, Anna Smucker and Marc Harshman. Watch for more details and photos next week!

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