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NEW BOOK BY JENNIFER GRANT: ONCE UPON A TIME NOT SO LONG AGO

Greetings, friends!

I received an Advanced Ready Copy (ARC) of an amazing book by author and friend, Jennifer Grant. I read an earlier version and absolutely loved it. The book is now available for purchase! I know that I will be buying and sharing this book with many, many people.
Jennifer wrote the book during the pandemic, as the whole world sought to find a way through uncharted territory. She addresses the trauma and loss and uncertainty, but also the goodness and hope that people found in one another. It's a perfect mix of acknowledging the worst, and finding the best.
The book has journal pages to record your and your child's memories.
"The illustrations by Gillian Whiting celebrate love, family, and community as they were expressed all across the globe in a time that taught us the meaning of togetherness. It also includes journal pages to record your own memories about this unique and historic time and the effect it has had on your own life." (Amazon)
"This book offers a powerful way for parents and children to process all that we have felt during the pandemic."
―Matthew Paul Turner, author of When God Made You
"This book provides hope and meaning for children without glossing over the difficult facts of what happened."
―Traci Smith, author of Prayers for Faithful Families
"Jennifer Grant's economy of words and Gillian Whiting's gentle, evocative illustrations combine to remind the reader that in the face of great suffering and loss, still there is hope and healing to be found."
―Glenys Nellist, author of Snuggle Time and the Little Mole series
"Jennifer Grant encourages readers to reflect on what they've discovered is important as they emerge from these tough times. Illustrations by Gillian Whiting . . . portray a diversity of people and locales, reminding readers that the sickness struck across all ages, races, and locations. A beautiful book."
―Patricia Toht, author of Dress Like a Girl
" . . . This is a book about resilience and hope―a book about remembering. Jennifer is gentle in word and spirit – and her words, paired with the lush and evocative illustrations by Gillian Whiting, provide space for holy remembering."
―Roger Hutchison, author of Come In, Come In!
"Thank goodness for Jennifer Grant and her truth- and hope-filled language to guide forward as we look back. A terrific resource for kids and adults alike."
―Caryn Rivadeneira, author of the Helper Hounds series
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Will You Be Friends with Me?

 

https://susannahill.com/2020/06/12/perfect-picture-book-friday-will-you-be-friends-with-me/

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What Have You Been Reading Lately?

I like to read books of all kinds: historical novels, recent bestsellers, old classics, young adult (YA), middle grade (MG). Every year, when the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) announces the winners of its major book awards, I rush to buy the latest Newbery winner to read and add many of the others to my wish list or library account. 

 

Check out the list of this year's winners: http://www.ala.org/alsc/2018-alsc-book-media-award-winners

 

What are you reading these days? Drop me a line and let me know!

 

Happy reading, everyone!

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Kirkus review for new book!

Authors dream of having great reviews of their books, do imagine my surprise —and delight— when I discovered that my new book, Stories from the Bible, received a wonderful review from Kirkus, one of the premier reviewers of books for all ages, and in all genres.

I loved that the reviewer recognized the "graceful  Read More 

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New Faceboook Author Page!

Greetings, readers!

I've been working hard on getting an Author Page set up on Facebook. The page can be found at: Kathleen Long Bostrom / Author. Feel free to leave comments and feedback!

I'll be adding more of my books in the next weeks, and sharing news and events.

I taught a class on Writing and Publishing  Read More 
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Good news and bad news

Let's start with the bad news.


Last week, I had 5 books go out of print. Five. My Rufus and Ryan series counts for four of those. I love these books and the feedback has been great, but they aren't selling. And one of my Little Blessings books, What is Prayer, that has been in print since 2002 - yes, 13 years - is now out of print. Each book that goes out of print is a big loss to me. It's like people telling me, "I don't like your kids" (okay, that's worse, but still, any author knows what I mean). It's harder and harder these days to get visibility for one's books. There are few bookstores that stock children's religious books - and even the local Christian bookstore refused to put up a local author display, or have me come in for a book signing, because, as they said, "We do what corporate tells us. We don't make the decisions." We authors count on our readers to tell others about our books, to pass the word along (pun intended). We need good reviews and word of mouth excitement. Most of us aren't celebrities with a name that gets noticed - we just want to get our work into the hands of readers. Is that asking so much?

 

So that's the bad news.

 

The good news is that I have been added to the faculty for the 2016 Buechner Writer's Workshop, which will be held at Princeton Theological Seminary (my alma mater) June 7-11. I attended the first workshop in 2015 and it was phenomenal! I'll be teaching two workshops on writing for children. I'm ecstatic! Frederick Buechner is my chief writing mentor and it is such an honor to teach at a conference named after him.

 

Like all of life, the life of a writer has its ups and downs. Despite the downs, it's still a great life, and I am blessed beyond words - and that's saying something for someone who loves words!

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Just back from Lake Tahoe

My husband and I just returned from a week at Lake Tahoe. He had a preaching conference, and I stayed at my brother's lakeside condo. Our only cost was travel and food - how lucky we are!

I worked on my spiritual memoir, reminiscing about how close my brother and I were growing up, and thinking about how, through the years, we have kept that closeness. Again, I feel lucky, and blessed.

Much of the time, once Greg's conference ended, we hiked and kayaked and spent time exploring the area. Saw a magnificent sunset one night, which we watched while walking the beach with our little dog, Ellie. I am reminded that much of writing does not involve the actual writing, but taking in the beauty of the world, thinking while taking long walks. All the time, I find myself writing in my head, words that will never find their way to the page, and some that will, eventually.

Now we're home, and back to busy schedules, grateful for the respite and the time together just to enjoy this wonderful world. Read More 
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November has arrived!

November is here! Not only is it my birthday month, but the tail end of fall, which is my favorite season. The colors of nature are astounding. I never tire of the trees.

This year, my husband Greg and I traveled to the east coast, something we've always wanted to do this time of year.  Read More 
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Launching my blog!

I retired from full-time ministry on July 1, 2013, and am now a full-time writer. I can't wait to write all the books that have been waiting to be written! I'll be writing a regular I hope that you will follow me and discover what's going on in my writing life. Feedback is appreciated!

Kathy
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