Meet the author!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
3 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Johnston Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive
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Inprint invites everyone to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling children’s author Susan Cooper. Ms. Cooper will present her new book Ghost Hawk (for ages 10 and up), take questions from the audience, and participate in a book signing*, giving fans a chance to visit with her. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
Click here to enter a drawing for a free Susan Cooper signed book or poster.
Meet the author!
New Date: Ms. Palacio was originally scheduled to appear in September 2013 but had to reschedule due to illness.
January 12, 2014
3 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Johnston Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive
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Inprint invites everyone to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling children’s author R. J. Palacio. Ms. Palacio will make a presentation about her book Wonder (for ages 8 and up). After her presentation she will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing*, giving fans a chance to visit with her. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
Click here to enter a drawing to win a free signed book by R. J. Palacio.
R. J. PALACIO’S debut novel Wonder is #1 on The New York Times middle grade bestseller list and was named among the year’s “Best of Children’s Books” by School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. It was also on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list.
The novel’s central character is Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy born with severe facial abnormalities, who, as he enters the 5th grade, will be attending a mainstream school for the first time. The New York Times calls Wonder “rich and memorable … It’s Auggie and the rest of the children who are the real heart of Wonder, and Palacio captures the voices of girls and boys, fifth graders and teenagers, with equal skill.”Slate.com says “Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” andThe Huffington Post writes, “This book is a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness.”
Palacio hopes readers will come away from the book “with the idea that they are noticed: their actions are noted. … if they’re mean, someone suffers. If they’re kind, someone benefits. And the choice is theirs: whether to be noticed for being kind or for being mean.”
Before becoming a writer, Palacio worked for more than 20 years as a book jacket designer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. To learn more about Palacio, click here to visit her website.
On Thursday a portion of the proceeds from the Mid Main Block Party will benefit our pals at Inprint. Support literary Houston and have some fun. The event begins at 5 pm on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. For more information, click here.
Don’t miss this free Inprint event with 2013 Newbery Medal Winner Katherine Applegate! This is part of Inprint’s exciting Cool Brains! Reading Series for Young People. See their announcement below for more information.
Meet the author
2013 Newbery Medal Winner
Sunday, October 27, 2013
3 pm (doors open 2:15 pm)
Johnston Middle School, 10140 Manhattan
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Katherine Applegate will make a presentation about her work followed by a Q & A with the audience and a book sale and signing, at which audience members can meet her. Enter a drawing to win a free signed poster or book by Applegate here.
KATHERINE APPLEGATE has written many books for children and young adults, including the picture book The Buffalo Storm, the chapter book seriesRoscoe Riley Rules, and the Animorphs series, which has sold more than 35 million copies. Her novel Home of the Bravewas awarded the 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction. Her latest novel The One and Only Ivan, in addition to garnering the 2013 Newbery Medal, was named a best children’s book of 2012 by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews and listed among Amazon.com’s middle grade “2012 Best Books of the Year.” It also was included in the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2013-14 Master List.
The story, for readers ages 8-12, is about Ivan, a charming gorilla who lives in a video arcade. A starred School Library Journal review says, “Applegate makes a powerful statement about the treatment of animals—especially those living in captivity—and reminds readers that all creatures deserve a safe place to call home …. this lovely story and the characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.” A starred Kirkus Reviews calls the novel “utterly believable … this bittersweet story … will inspire a new generation of advocates.”
Jon Scieszka is the bestselling author of more than 25 books for kids which have sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. His major works include The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Math Curse; and the Time Warp Trio series. His first picture book, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! By A. Wolf, sold 3 million copies and was translated into 14 languages. In 2008, Scieszka was named the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, an honor established to recognize substantial contributions to children’s literature.
WITS Writer, Thomas Calder, regularly uses the work of Jon Scieszka in the classroom. When asked why he looks to Scieszka’s books as mentor texts, Thomas writes, “what I love about Scieszka’s work is that it illustrates perspective and point of view. The story turns the traditional tale of the three pigs upside down and really shows young writers how the choice of who the narrator is, impacts how the story is told.”
As a part of Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People, Jon Scieszka will talk about his work and take questions from the audience. The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, giving families a chance to visit with the author.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Johnston Middle School (10410 Manhattan Drive)
3:00 pm (doors open 2:30 pm)
Meet acclaimed children’s author Lois Lowry at Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People
Lois Lowry at her home in Cambridge, MA
Lois Lowry is the celebrated young adult author of over 40 books, including Number the Stars and The Giver. Nearly 15 years after the release of The Giver, Lois Lowry has published Son, the fourth and final book of The Giver series. Son brings together characters from the previous three stories – The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger – to tell a story about the significance of human connection. Kirkus Review calls Son a book “written with powerful, moving simplicity…. As the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative sociopolitical themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!”
The event will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Drive (77096), at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30). Admission is free and open to the public. Lowry will make a presentation about her new book Son and will take questions from the audience. A book sale and signing will follow, giving families a chance to visit with the author. For information about this and other readings in the Cool Brains! Series, check out www.inprinthouston.org or call 713-521-2026.
Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents Christopher Paul Curtis, on Sunday, January 15th, at Johnson Middle School Auditorium in Houston, TX. This FREE event for parents and their children features the acclaimed author of middle grade books such as Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. Curtis is the first African-American man to win the Newbery Medal and is the recipient of many other awards. He’s in town to share excerpts from his seventh book The Mighty Miss Malone. Meet and greet the author this Saturday. For directions and additional information, please visit the Inprint website. See you there!
Here’s some big news from our friends at Inprint. Young adult author Pseudonymous Bosch will this Sunday, October 16 at 3pm (doors open at 2:30pm) at Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Drive. This event is FREE. Here’s the scoop:
“Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People” presents this event with the award-winning young adult author, who will read from his fifth book of the New York Times bestselling “Secret Series” called You Have To Stop This. Bosch launched the “Secret Series” in 2007 with the novel The Name of This Book Is Secret; in his current book, a trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous. Each of the novels in the series is based on one of the five senses—smell, sound, taste, sight and touch – and You Have To Stop This currently ranks #3 in children’s books under the category of mysteries, espionage, and detectives on Amazon.
Pseudonymous Bosch’s publisher maintains that his identity is a secret. According to www.pseudonymousbosch.com, “Not much is known about him other than that he has a passionate love of chocolate and cheese and an equally passionate hatred of mayonnaise. Rumors of Boschian sightings are just as frequent and about as reliable as reports of alien abductions.” To this day, many continue to conjecture about his true identity. It is known that the “Secret Series” is copyrighted by Raphael Simon, who has written episodes for programs on Nickelodeon.
Bosch will present his work, followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing, giving families a chance to visit with the author. Admission is free and open to the public. “Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People” is presented by Inprint, a Houston-based nonprofit fostering the art of creative writing with the mission to inspire readers and writers.
What: First Friday Poetry Reading Series featuring Robin Davidson
When: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:30 PM
Where: Inprint House, 1520 West Main
Robin Davidson, poet, associate professor of Creative Writing at UHD, and former board president at WITS will read her work at the First Friday Poetry Reading Series. Afterward, First Friday gives the mike to the audience. This event is free and open to the public.
What: Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents bestselling children’s author Rebecca Stead
When: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 3:00 PM
Where: Pershing Middle School, 3838 Blue Bonnet @ Stella Link
Cost: Free and open to the public
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Enjoy an afternoon with bestselling children’s author Rebecca Stead. Stead will make a lively presentation about her work, followed by an audience Q&A and book sale and signing, giving attendees a chance to visit with the author. Enter a drawing to win a poster signed by Rebecca Stead.
Rebecca Stead is the celebrated author of When You Reach Me, winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal. The novel, partially inspired by Stead’s favorite childhood book, A Wrinkle in Time, became a New York Times Notable Book and hit the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. Centered around timely coming-of-age themes, the novel is a mystery set in the gritty reality of New York City in 1979, with glimpses into the future. The New York Times Book Review writes, “Every word, every sentence, has meaning and substance … [in this] smart and mesmerizing book.”
Stead’s first novel, First Light, a Junior Library Guild selection, is set during a scientific expedition to Greenland and touches on the challenge of climate change.
What: First Friday Poetry Reading Series featuring Rich Levy
When: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM
Where: Inprint House, 1520 West Main
Host Robert Clark invites you to Houston’s oldest open reading series since 1975. Rich Levy, poet, author, and executive director of Inprint will read from and sign his new book Why Me? Afterward, First Friday gives the mike to the floor. This event is free and open to the public.
What: Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People presents award winning children’s writer T.A. Barron for discussion and book signing
Where: Pershing Middle School Auditorium, 3838 Blue Bonnet at Stella Link
When: Sunday, October 17th at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)
Why: Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People is presented by Inprint, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring readers and writers.
Cost: Free and open to the public
For more information, visit the Inprint website or call 713-521-2026.
More about the author
Thomas A. Barron is a celebrated writer of children’s fantasy, having sold more than one million books. His skillful re-imagination of established legends has brought to life the Arthurian world for countless fans of all ages. His major works include The Lost Years of Merlin, The New York Times bestselling trilogy The Great Tree of Avalon, and many other novels, nature books, and children’s books.
In Ultimate Magic, Barron continues to fill in the gaps of Merlin’s life through the reptilian eye of the most powerful sidekick ever, Basil the Green Dragon. The action-packed, often humorous adventure will keep readers hooked until the last page and is sure to please lifelong fans and win over new ones.
Straight from the Inprint press release:
Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People celebrates summer reading with a presentation by bilingual children’s writer René Saldaña, Jr., on Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30) at Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Drive. Admission is free and open to the public. Saldaña will read from and talk about his work, followed by an onstage interview with mystery book aficionado David Thompson of Murder By The Book. Audience members will have a chance to visit with the author afterwards at the book sale and signing.
For more information, click here, or call 713-521-2026.
René Saldaña, Jr., grew up in Nuevo Peñitas in the Rio Grande Valley. His semi-autobiographical first novel for young readers, The Jumping Tree, was described by The New York Times Book Review as a “warm coming-of-age novel.” His second book, The Whole Sky Full of Stars, is, according to a starred Booklist review, “about the perils of friendship and the burdens of parental expectations.” Saldaña is also the author of Finding Our Way: Stories, which explores the many ways teens can feel lost. School Library Journal says, “With a deft touch, the author creates a clear, concise picture of time and place (along the Texas border or Georgia) with characters who sound and think like today’s teens . . . These powerfully written, provocative selections have universal appeal.”
Saldaña will read from his newest book, The Case of the Pen Gone Missing: A Mickey Rangel Mystery / El caso de la pluma perdida. A longtime fan of Encyclopedia Brown, the Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew detective stories, in this book Saldaña develops his own spin on detective stories through the character of Mickey Rangel, a web-licensed kid detective protagonist. Kirkus Reviews writes of the book: “it will engage intermediate readers in both languages, English and Spanish, and offers multiple possibilities for school projects, group discussions and read-aloud sessions.” The Case of the Pen Gone Missing is the first in this bilingual series.
Meet Gary Paulsen, master storyteller and young adult author, at Inprint’s Cool Brains! presentation and book signing, Sunday, April 18, 3 pm at Pershing Middle School. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Inprint‘s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents non-fiction writer Tracy Kidder, who will read tonight at 7:30 PM at the Hubbard Stage in the Alley Theatre. Tickets are $5. A National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize winner for his book, Soul of a New Machine, Tracy will be discussing his newest book, Strength in What Remains. The presentation will be followed by an on-stage interview. Click here to submit a question or purchase tickets online.
Who: Tracy Kidder
What: Presentation and Interview
Where: Hubbard Stage, Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue)
When: March 22 at 7:30 PM