April 2024 Happenings

The Queen of Fairbanks is heading to the printer this week, and I’m ready to see it fly. It’s not too different from the Empty-Nester feeling. I’ve devoted so many years to researching and writing this book that I just can’t wait for the launch. Books will be arriving in Fairbanks in mid-May and I’m now arranging book-signings for the end of May. Watch for updated news on that. And if you want to be part of the Irene Sherman statue project, which is dedicated to having a statue of Irene installed in a prominent downtown Fairbanks location, please visit www.IreneShermanProject.com.

But before I project into May, let’s talk about April. I’ll be visiting Fairbanks later this month for a couple of engagements, and you’re invited!

On Monday, April 22, from 7-8:30 p.m., I’ll join a panel of children’s book writers for a session presented by the Alaska Writers Guild. Come to the Bear Gallery, on the third floor of the Alaska Centennial Center in Pioneer Park. Panelists will discuss their writing journey, from breaking in, to conjuring ideas and looking for publishers. Life after publishing is important, too, because so many authors feel stymied by marketing and selling their works. I find it invigorating, and being a part of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators helps in every way possible. The Alaska chapter is active, so please, if you’re leaning into writing or illustrating children’s books, look us up on www.scbwi.org, and click on “Alaska.”

Now, on Tuesday, April 23, I’m excited about presenting to the Fairbanks Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame, 406 S. Cushman. Their group opens at 6 p.m., and my talk about the mysterious life of Irene Sherman—and something of her intriguing genealogy—begins at 7 p.m. If you have questions, write [email protected].

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