Category Archives: Canary in the Coal Mine

Bitty (in art and sculpture)

Bitty, my main character from Canary in the Coal Mine, was lucky enough to have his likeness captured artistically lately, by the kids at Swanson Middle School, where I spoke last month about historical fiction, and by my friend Sarah … Continue reading

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Meeting an author (or 15)

The first author I remember seeing, live and in person, was Eurdora Welty. I was 12. I’d like to think I would have discovered her even if my mother hadn’t taken me to Virginia Tech to meet a woman who … Continue reading

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National Book Festival

I was so happy Canary in the Coal Mine got to represent West Virginia at the National Book Festival this weekend in the Pavilion of States. Here’s a breakdown in pictures.                   … Continue reading

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Where I’ll be

Canary in the Coal Mine, which is set in West Virginia, circa 1931, ┬áhas been chosen to represent the state at the National Book Festival in 2013. The announcement was made by the West Virginia Library Commission. So what does … Continue reading

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Past the sell-by date, but…

I visited a library in Frederick, Md., this week, and the librarians asked me to bring along a craft. Fortunately, I had some Peeps left over from the last time I did book-related crafts with kids. Unfortunately, the Peeps had … Continue reading

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