Saturday August 16 at 12:30pm

BookPeople Presents

Award-winning Authors


speaking and signing


Kids, stick with us after storytime when we'll welcome two wonderful authors and one very special pup! Kathi Appelt will be here to share Mogie: The Heart of the House, the story of a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs. We're super lucky today because Mogie himself is making a special appearance! Also joining us is Rita Williams-Garcia, author of P. S. Be Eleven, the Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, in which the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. It's going to be so much fun! We're also going to enjoy tasty emapanadas courtesy of mmmpanadas. Yay! 

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Keeper, and many picture books. She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.

About Mogie: The Heart of the House:
Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs. One day a passel of puppies was born. Each puppy was designated for a Very Important Job, like Service Dog, or Search and Rescue Dog, or Groomed for the Show Ring Dog. Each puppy, that is, except Mogie. Mogie was a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. Not the kind of pup for any of those jobs. But there "is" a place that is just right for Mogie: a very special house where sick children and their families can stay while they undergo long-term treatment. A place with children who NEED a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup.
And there's one little boy in particular who needs Mogie. And Mogie is about to prove he's the best darn pooch in the passel. Based on a true story, this heartwarming picture book is published in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House.


Rita Williams-Garcia is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning novel One Crazy Summer, which was also a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

About P.S. Be Eleven:
After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. The sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about--like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance. The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

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Thank you for supporting Kathi Appelt & Rita Williams-Garcia & your local independent bookstore!
Event date: 
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 12:30pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
Mogie: The Heart of the House Cover Image
By Kathi Appelt, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442480544
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 10th, 2014

P.S. Be Eleven (Coretta Scott King Award - Author Winner Title(s)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061938627
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-5 Days
Published: Amistad Press - May 21st, 2013

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442421080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

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One Crazy Summer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060760908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

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