Member News — October 2019

Welcome to our first edition of “Member News,” a new monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We hope to celebrate our members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book related news: book deals, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please e-mail Laura Parnum at before November 20.

Here’s some exciting news from members in our region this month:

Pearl Goes to Preschool

Author/illustrator Julie Fortenberry’s new book, PEARL GOES TO PRESCHOOL (Penguin Random House, June 2020), is now available for preorder. You can find participating bookstores here: And while you’re there, you can also sign up for Julie’s newsletter!



Rebecca Thornburgh recently signed with agent Brent Taylor of TriadaUS Literary Agency. He’ll be repping Rebecca for a middle grade graphic novel that she wrote and illustrated while in grad school. And that brings us to Rebecca’s other news: She graduated this past July from Hamline University with an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults!


A time travelers theory of reletivity

Nicole Valentine’s middle grade novel, A TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY (Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, October 2019), was released earlier this month and is now available wherever books are sold. Nicole will be signing books in Philadelphia at Shakespeare & Co. (1632 Walnut Street) on November 15.


Dark Moon

DARK MOON (Gripping Tales, September 2019), the third book in The Goddess Chronicles series by K. B. Anne (a.k.a. Kim Briggs) was released earlier this month and is available here. Kim also relaunched STARR FALL through Gripping Tales (check it out here), with STARR LOST set to re-release by the end of the month.


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Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Cannaday Chapman, will be published by Abrams Books for Young Readers on November 12, 2019. This picture book biography in free verse is a celebration of Wilson’s life from his childhood in Pittsburgh to one of America’s greatest playwrights. The book is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Jen spoke about her latest biography at the annual IBBY/USBBY in Austin, TX October 25-27 and will also appear at NCTE in Baltimore, MD November 20-24.



Award-winning author Adam Lehrhaupt will be teaching a six-session online workshop called “Character vs. Plot—The Battle of Writing a Good Book” through The Writing Barn beginning November 6.

This workshop will take writers on a detailed tour of these two writing techniques with lessons and exercises and plenty of personal attention from Adam. More details about the class can be found here. The first session is next week, and space is limited, so if you’d like to participate, hurry on over to register.

If you have good news to share, please send it to to be included in next month’s Member News column.

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1 Response to Member News — October 2019

  1. Chrissa Pedersen says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing the news this way Laura. What a great idea!

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