SUMMER, SWEET SUMMER! Time for summer reading programs at libraries, family gatherings and stories, festivals and story fun, vacations and story memories,...stories are everywhere, and you usually don't have to worry about how to pack them for your journeys (unless they're in books or loaded into your e-readings). Just keep them in your head, carry them in your heart, and share them whenever you can.

There's an article about me in the July 6, 2015 Columbus Dispatch!!!  With a video and slideshow!!!  Thank you, Ken Gordon, reporter extraordinaire.  Can't believe it!!!

Travelin' to Tell!

Kansas City, here we come! The National Storytelling Network Conference and the YES! Alliance Preconference will be fabulous! July 29 (preconferences) - August 2. For more information, go to

Donald Davis, Motoko, Antonio Rocha, Kevin Kling, and Lyn Ford...That's the line-up for the 2015 Powellswood Storytelling Festival in Washington State! Workshops on July 24, stories all day on July 25.  What an honor this is for me! For more info, go to

  • Besides Thurber Summer Writing Camps (, Girl Scout day camp, OSU's Early Childhood Education Center, Columbus Arts Festival's spoken word tent, and several storytelling festivals, I'll be at a few branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in June and July. Go to the library website for more times and more information on: Shepard Branch, June 8; Livingston Branch, June 10; Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, June 11; New Albany Branch, July 7, and Reynoldsburg Branch, July 10.
  • SOCO's Columbus Story Adventures community outreach program will once again share stories, workshops and free books at the Dowd Center and the Run the Race summer programming. 

My second collection of Affrilachian tales, BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH, is on sale!  Thank you to Parkhurst Brothers, Inc. Publishers! You can order directly from their catalogue at 
UPDATE!!!  BEYOND THE BRIAR PATCH has been honored with a 2015 Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award! Oh, my goodness!!!  
Look for
 in the 2015 Parkhurst Brothers Catalogue and at and other book sales sites.

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