Tuesday This and Thats

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Just a few announcements today. 🙂

Our Next ABC Event!

Here’s a reminder of our next wonderful ABC Event with the lovely Ann McCallum!

Pie graphs and fractions and math, oh my!

Some people would rather face lions, tigers, AND bears, than math equations… but that’s only because they haven’t read any of Ann McCallum’s books.

Join us as Ann shows us how to make math not only fun, but delicious. As the award-winning author of two math fairy tales, a history/mystery math project book and her latest book, EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS, Ann has found ways to make math appeal to readers of all ages. Ann herself says it best: “My sincere hope with the books I’ve had published so far is to get kids to really, really love math. Just like broccoli in cheese sauce (Would we enjoy the plain, steamed variety as much– I think not), math and food or math and anything fun is a winning combination.”

Ann will entertain, and enlighten, us with a presentation, hands-on activity, and a Q&A. As always, this event is free, and books will be available for purchase. There will also be refreshments on hand: perhaps Fibonacci snack sticks, tessellations two-color brownies, or variable pizza pi! So come hungry for information as well as treats! Please RVSP Naomiwm@verizon.net, so we’ll be sure to have enough books and food on hand.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Twinbrook Branch of Montgomery County Public Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Keep an eye out for an upcoming interview with Ann that we will be posting  soon. Or, check out the one she did for us last year! Hope to see you on the 11th!


Have you written a beachy-style book?

If so, illustrator extraordinaire Chiêu Urban sent me the following info for all writers with books published since 2008 that have a “beach” feel.

The 2012 Beach Book Festival, New York, has issued a call for entries to its annual program spotlighting the hottest reads of the summer season. The Beach Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, teenage, how-to, science fiction, romance, comics, poetry, spiritual, compilations/anthologies, history, business and health-oriented books.

More information and registration available at www.beachbookfestival.com.

* This contest is not affiliated with or approved by SCBWI, and it does require a $50 entry fee.

Chiêu has also forwarded the following link for the New York Book Festival, where you can sell your books and meet other authors and artists.


Thanks, Chiêu!

USA Science and Engineering Festival Book Fair

And lastly, Fred Bortz, an SCBWI member from the Western, PA area, has shared with me the following good news!

He will be one of the featured authors at the USA Science and Engineering Festival Book Fair at the Walter L. Washington Convention Center on April 28. There will be several other children’s science authors there as well, plus some notable writers for adults, including Robin Cook.

Here are links to his presentation page and to the author list:



Also, Fred would like to arrange a school visit in your area on either April 27 or 30, and he’s offered to waive travel expenses. He would either present one of the two talks listed at http://www.fredbortz.com/daywith.htm or a new talk based on his USASEF presentation.

Those interested can contact Fred at drfredb@att.net or through links at his website, http://www.fredbortz.com

Awesome, congrats, Fred, and good luck at the book fair!

And happy writing/drawing, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes 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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One Response to Tuesday This and Thats

  1. I loved seeing Ann McCallum’s delightful book featured. In my family, we’ve tried out some of the recipes and found them to be yummy, esp. the brownies.

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