What I’m Reading

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Just started

The Book of Awakening (Conari Press) by Mark Nepo.  This inspirational book of daily reflections and “exercises” was loaned to me by my good friend and poet, Glenis Redmond. I’m not sure she ever get it back!  I’ve been making a habit of reading on passage daily, as part of my early morning ritual.

Recently finished

The World’s Greatest: Poems (Chronicle) by J. Patrick Lewis, ill. Keith Graves.  Pat Lewis is one of my Po-Heroes.  This is one of those book concepts that I wish I’d thought of myself.  Poems written about wacky world record holders!

Fingerprints of You by my new friend, Kristen-Paige Madonia.  Excellent writing.  So happy to read a deep, rich compelling story with no wizards, monsters, vampires, or shape-shifters.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  I LOVED this look at what happens to our vessels once we “abandon ship.”

Come August, Come Freedom (Candlewick Press) by my good friend, Gigi Amateau, who has written an exquisite book about a runaway slave set in the early 1800s.  This is very well-written historical fiction; my literary cup of tea.

 

What I’m Writing

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I now have four books under contract coming from the good folks at Candlewick Press.

I have finished the first drafts of two. One is tentatively titled The Bird Woman’s Son, about Sacagawea and her son, Jean Baptiste. A second (working title, Deadwood Days) is about the events surrounding the murder of a high school friend of mine during the summer of 1979.

I’m deep into the first draft of the third book now, the final book in a trilogy (think New Found Land and The Watch that Ends the Night) of historical journey/disaster tales.  The subject is the doomed Donner Party who find themselves trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1848.

Next up will be a picture book of poems about Space, also from Candlewick Press.