Growing up, the public library was one of my favorite places to go. As Fran Leibowitz has said, reading shouldn’t be a mirror, it should be a door. My local public library was a doorway that opened the world to me–it encouraged my curiosity, wonder, and imagination.
I’m both honored and excited to participate in Read Out 2021: A Festival of Lesbian Literature hosted by the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Library in Gulfport, Florida. Over 80 authors are participating in the hybrid event that includes live and pre-recorded sessions with author readings, spoken word artists, comics, and entertainment between sessions.
I’ll be reading from my novel Aspen in Moonlight in the Pearls: Mystery & Fantasy session on Saturday, February 26, at 12 pm CST / 1 pm EST. There will be other great writers reading, including my friend and fellow author, Karen F. Williams. It’s going to be fun, I hope you’ll join us!
Click Here to register. Did I mention that it’s free? Yeah, it’s FREE! and open to an international audience.
If you’ve read Aspen in Moonlight, you know I love bears. I saw this video yesterday and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
This is what happiness looks like. Watching this video, I marvel at how human-like Takoda, the bear, appears. Perhaps instead I should be intrigued by how bear-like we humans can be.
Takoda, by the way, is an orphaned black bear from Montana who was deemed unsafe to be returned to the wild. Human-food habituated bears become deemed “nuisance animals” and they often end up being killed as relocation efforts frequently fail. He’s been residing at the Oregon Zoo since 2010 where he was named Takoda, which means “friend” in the Lakota Sioux language, in honor of his homeland.
Did you know many zoos are struggling because of covid-19 closures? You might want to reach out to your local accredited zoological park or aquarium and see what you can do to help. The animals and their caretakers depend on us.