Monthly Archives: September 2008

About Book Challenges

This is Banned Books Week, when the American Library Association asks us all to take a few minutes to celebrate our freedom to read and the freedom of our libraries to provide a wide and diverse selection of texts.  So I thought I’d share some thoughts about how I’ve handled the issue of book challenges […]

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Book Signing Pictures & Contest Winners!

I’m heading off to teach this morning after a fantastic, fun book signing in the Finger Lakes this weekend.  Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, where we signed books and where my mom is one of the featured artists this month.  In-laws, cousins, and my […]

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Friday Five and a half – How do you do it?

I’ve gotten a few emails lately – most from friends but one from a writer-mom I don’t know who read my blog – asking how I manage to balance family, teaching, and writing.  The answer: like one of those circus jugglers who have to toss up and catch six flaming tiki torches at once, riding […]

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Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for bees and butterflies today — thankful that lgburns ‘ stunning photographs on  her blog lately have inspired me to slow down and look more closely at my own backyard. Here’s what I  found… My daughter is convinced this Monarch we spotted yesterday is one of those that we raised from caterpillars and released […]

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Some emails are even better than chocolate

If you know me at all, you know how I feel about chocolate, but seriously…this note from a local teacher just made my whole week. Dear Kate, I just picked up 45 copies of your new book – it looks to be exactly what I needed to help commemorate the Quad.  I am only a […]

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Contest Time!

His tribe calls him Silent One. He hasn’t spoken since his uncle died fighting the Iroquois. But in the winter of 1609, a new language echoes through the north woods. Samuel de Champlain and his Frenchmen speak of friendship and promise to help the Innu people fight their enemies. This time, Silent One must join […]

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Almost Autumn

In honor of the first day of fall tomorrow, I’m sharing a few photos from today’s hike up Mount Jo in the Adirondacks. We decided to climb, even though it was drizzling when we got to the trailhead. This is the view from the summit — not exactly what we’d had in mind, but pretty […]

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Friday Five

1.  I just finished reading an ARC of Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass and am now determined to see a total solar eclipse before I die. (Funny how a free book can end up costing thousands in travel expenses, huh? But I digress…)   I’ll post a more detailed review later, but for […]

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Weekend Time Travel

For some reason, everyone in the Champlain Valley decided that last weekend would be the perfect time for a big festival, so I ended up with three book events packed into two days.  It made for a crazy-busy weekend, but a fun and fascinating one, too. My first stop was the Battle of Plattsburgh Celebration, […]

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Champlain and the Silent One is here!

Look what the UPS guy brought this week!  He looked at me a little funny when I hugged him. Do you suppose most people don’t do that? Champlain and the Silent One, my historical novel about an Innu boy who travels with Samuel de Champlain on his 1609 voyage to encounter the Iroquois, is officially out […]

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