November Events and News

I’m home for the holidays now, but November’s been a busy month.

Illustrator Brian Lies and I attended the Wisconsin Book Festival. Here we are (thanks, librarygrl2):

Owly Images
I love presenting with Brian because I learn so much. And, look! We found out we’re both left-handed.

The next weekend, I headed over to the Loft Literary Center, for a reading with writer pal Julie Bowe.

Julie and me, with kind of crazy lighting.
My name (well, kind of)–in lights!
Not only did they have treats, they had THEMED treats. Mild cheddar cheese for Julie’s Friends for Keeps; these cuties for Malcolm.

Last Sunday, Malcolm and I were featured in my hometown newspaper, the Leader Telegram.

A little scary, seeing my face that big.

Malcolm’s back in stock on Amazon and your local bookstore, just in time for the holidays! And in fact, Malcolm’s listed as a great gift on both Common Sense Media‘s website and in National Geographic Kids magazine!

My savvy nieces spotted this in their National Geographic Kids.

Malcolm got a great review in BookPage last week. The reviewer said nice things like,

“First-time author W.H. Beck combines many beloved themes—intelligent animals, secret clubs, middle school melodrama—into a fine-tuned noir mystery.”

and

Malcolm at Midnight is ultimately a story about identity and inclusion, but kids will get that message along with a spoonful of adventure, a smart whodunit and several laughs. This one’s a winner.”

and my personal favorite,

Snip the cat is evil enough to star in an animal remake of Cape Fear.”

You can read the whole review HERE.

And finally, yesterday, we came in from our Thanksgiving travels to find my audiobook copies of Malcolm had arrived.

I’ll admit it, I’m a little squirmy about listening to my own book.

Whew! And now, I’m settling in for a hibernation in my office. This next book is not going to write itself!