November Events and News

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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):

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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!

A Post in Pictures: Tweens Read Book Festival, Houston, TX

After the keynote address, we authors were split into panels. The tweens got to choose which panels to attend...and what questions to ask us! Here's my panel: "Dare to Debut," with Augusta Scattergood, Deron Hicks, Lynne Kelly, and me. We spent the next three hours answering questions like "What's your favorite candy?" and "What do you do when you get stuck?" (It turns out the answer to both of those is "chocolate.")

This past weekend, I got the chance to participate in a super fun event dedicated to books for kids: the Tweens Read Book Festival in Houston, TX. Twenty-one authors, hundreds of middle grade readers, personalized cupcakes, hand-made knitted water bottle cozies, 85 degrees weather (it was a wet and coooold 45 degrees when I left Wisconsin)—well, let’s just say, as a newbie author, I think I’ve been spoiled as far as book festivals go!

And then…we all headed home. It was a whirlwind trip! I’m back in Wisconsin today, ready to share all my fun times with my own tweens this week.

Thanks for a great time, Texas, Tweens Read, and Blue Willow Bookshop!

Listen to Malcolm at Midnight!

Recorded Books

Malcolm came out as an audiobook from Recorded Books this week. Part of my never-skip writing process is to read my work aloud, so I’ve “heard” Malcolm many times…in my voice. But this is a first to hear it read by someone else!

Want to listen? Click the cover for a little preview!

Malcolm on audio