Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Open Book and Turning the Page

I was honored to recently participate in two Washington DC literacy-themed events on the same day, 3/12/13. Both bring authors of books for young people to schools that do not have the resources to do so on their own.

In the afternoon, I spoke at Bancroft Elementary under the auspices of Open Book. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Junior League, every student in the audience received a signed copy of one of my books. (To be clear, the Junior League contributed the books. I contributed the signature.)

That evening, I made my fourth appearance at a school for Turning the Page, this time at the Walker-Jones Education Campus. 

I especially loved the school Internet password:

I spoke first to a combined group of parents and their children (ranging from itty bitty to what looked like middle schoolers if not high schoolers). Then the kids left for superhero-themed activities and I took questions from the parents.

After, I signed books that were, again, generously provided, this time by TTP. One woman who got a Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman signed then asked “What can I do to help you fight for Bill Finger?”

I told her she just did.

Whether or not you buy or even read my book, please share the story of Bill Finger. Awareness will lead to action. Action may lead to redemption.

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