The Weekly 411 (8/28/20) Writing

August 28, 2020 vol. 35

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We’re excited to introduce author Lorelei Savaryn and her first mid-range novel, CIRCUS OF STOLEN DREAMS (Philomel Books), on September 1st. Enter to win a copy!

Cover Art by Matt Saunders; Designed by Samira Iravani

Today we are pleased to present the graphic novel Yehudi Mercado and his medium-difficulty graphic novel FUN FUN FUN WORLD (One Press) on September 1st. Enter to win a copy!

Today we are happy to welcome author Emma Bland Smith and her debut picture book THE PIG WAR: HOW A PORCINE TRAGEDY HAS TO SHARE ENGLAND AND AMERICA, illustrated by Alison Jay (Penguin Random House; November 3, 2020). Enter to win a copy!

We’re excited to be hosting a giveaway for Marsha Diane Arnold’s gorgeous new picture book LIGHTS OUT, illustrated by Susan Reagan (Creative Editions, August 18, 2020). Enter to win a copy in the rafflecopter below.

About the book: LIGHTS OUT is an ode to true darkness. Fox and Beetle go in search of the darkness of N. Together with other creatures affected by too much light, they search the wide, wide world. In a light pollution world, this search for darkness is a clear call to turn off the lights for all to see. Marsha spoke to several experts in the field during her research, including members of IDA, the International Dark-Sky Association.

About the author: Marsha Diane Arnold is a multi-award winning picture book author with over a million books sold. Awards include the Green Sustainable Literature Award and Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books. You can visit them and follow her on Twitter @MarshaDArnold.

About the illustrator: Susan Reagan is a freelance illustrator and teacher who loves telling illustrations! Your picture books include You & I, says Simon, go outand the one ahead Revolutionary Wisdom Wright, Calkins Creek, Fall 2021. Follow @susan_reagan on Instagram

For writers

Competitions & Awards

November 1st The Suzie Grant for mothers who write

  • What: Apply for a $ 500 grant
  • WHO: Mothers with at least one child
  • Forgive: three grants every six months

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