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Behind the Publishing Curtain – Tonya Lippert, Hannah Holt, and Nina Nolan

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion of children’s picture book publishing with authors Tonya Lippert, Hannah Holt, and Nina Nolan.

Goodbye School: Franny loves her school. She’s played, read, studied, and even napped here. Franny has lots of good memories there. But today it’s time to leave. As Franny prepares to move to a new school, she takes time to reminisce and cherish her old school. She wants to find a way to honor this special place. How can Franny say goodbye? Includes a Reader’s Note by the author with information on how to guide children through periods of transition or change and acknowledge their feelings throughout the experience.

Tonya Lippert, Ph.D., LCSW works as a mental health therapist, an occasional researcher, and a forensic interviewer. She works for Kaiser Permanente at two different clinics, one where she runs therapy groups and one where she’s part of a team conducting evaluations of child abuse and neglect. When she first moved to Oregon, she taught at Reed College as a visiting professor and worked for Oregon Social Learning Center. During her free time, she writes and writes and writes for children and adults.

A Father’s Love: Throughout the animal kingdom, in every part of the world, fathers love and care for their babies. This book takes readers around the globe and across the animal kingdom, showcasing the many ways fathers have of demonstrating their love. Whether it’s a penguin papa snuggling with his baby in the frosty white snow, a lion dad playing with his cub in a yellow field, or a seahorse father protecting his young inside his pouch in the deep blue ocean, we see that a father’s love comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Hannah Holt is a children’s author with an engineering degree. Her books, The Diamond & The Boy (2018, Balzer+Bray) and A Father’s Love (2019, Philomel) weave together her love of language and science. She lives in Oregon with her husband, four children, and a very patient cat named Zephyr.

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens: Even as a young girl, Mahalia Jackson loved gospel music. Life was difficult for Mahalia growing up, but singing gospel always lifted her spirits and made her feel special. She soon realized that her powerful voice stirred everyone around her, and she wanted to share that with the world. Although she was met with hardships along the way, Mahalia never gave up on her dreams. Mahalia’s extraordinary journey eventually took her to the historic March on Washington, where she sang to thousands and inspired them to find their own voices.

Accompanied by John Holyfield’s gorgeous illustrations, Nina Nolan wonderfully captures the amazing story of how Mahalia Jackson became the Queen of Gospel.

Nina Nolan submitted her first picture book manuscript to publishers when she was ten years old. At that time, it was via snail mail, and they, respectfully, declined. She’s done a bunch of other stuff since then. But, somehow, even now, that’s what sticks in her memory.


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