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Press Release Fun: Books About Bullying, a Google+ Hangout

Hi, folks!  Here’s a thing I’m doing on Monday, November 4th.  Come see me and a bevy of talented authors on a topic that I’m going to handle in a new way.

Books about Bullying: A Google+ Hangout

(or Bullying Prevention: How Books Can Help)

The New York Public Library hosts a special on air Google+ Hangout on overcoming bullying, how books can help, and aspiring to do more.

Our panel of authors and artists share their own personal struggles with bullies and they learned to cope. Guests include Tim Federle, Eric Kahn Gale, and Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Moderated by NYPL’s Elizabeth Bird.

Tune in Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3 pm.  Go here to sign up!

More about our guests:

Betsy Bird: Bird is a librarian, blogger with SLJ (at A Fuse #8 Production), and a reviewer for Kirkus and The New York Times. Her first picture book Giant Dance Party was released this spring and her next book is the very adult Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature which she co-wrote with Jules Danielson and Peter Sieruta.

Tim Federle: Federle was born in Foster City, California and was later raised in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. He made his professional debut at age 12 in a production of
 Oliver! directed by Rob Marshall. He then went on to perform in several Broadway shows before penning his first novel, Better Nate Than Ever, a middle grade novel about an eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical and who concocts a plan to run away to New York to audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.”

Eric Kahn Gale: Michigan native Eric Kahn Gale originally self-published his middle grade novel The Bully Book on his own, before it was picked up by Harper Collins.  The book is loosely based on incidents that happened to him in sixth grade through the lens of a mystery novel. His character, Eric Haskins, doesn’t take his situation lying down; he searches for the answers and unlike many of us who went through something awful, he finds them. Though they’re not what he expected.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger: Laura Vaccaro Seeger is an Emmy-award winning artist and the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of “The Hidden Alphabet,” “Lemons are Not Red,” and “Walter Was Worried.” All were named ALA Notable Books and “Child Magazine” Best Books of the Year. Her picture book “Green” won a Caldecott Honor from the American Library Association in 2013.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Hi Betsy!

    I don’t know much about Google+ hangouts, but is there a way to record this hangout and play it back later, like an archived webcast? Might be able to catch a bit, though. Looks awesome.