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Writers Against Racism: THE NEXT FULL MOON by Carolyn Turgeon

Shout outs to my loyal readers (and viewers)! Author Carolyn Turgeon was featured on my blog (in 2007!) and now I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her using Skype.

Writers Against Racism: STEM DAY Tomorrow @ Hewitt

Tomorrow, The Hewitt School will be hosting an all-day STEM program. In the morning, we will have a panel of distinguished conservationists from the Audubon Society. Please join us from 8:30 – 9:30. Here’s the ustream channel. Live video by Ustream

Writers Against Racism: This Week on Bowllan’s Blog (trailer)

Michele Howe Clarke talks to me about the fine art of “Facing Forward” after living through an unusual bout of cancer that left her disfigured, but not discouraged. W.A.R., author, Matt de la Pena talks about his recent trip to Tucson, AZ, and what it feels like having your well-received novel pulled from the bookshelves. […]

Writers Against Racism: Phylicia Rashad and Teaching (Women’s History Month)

Hats off  of  to the elegant Phylicia Rashad, who in the 80s and 90s portrayed the uber mom on the sitcom The Cosby Show.  Back in those days, Phylicia also served as a mentor and a friend to me.  When I phoned her to tell her I was diagnosed with breast cancer, her teacher came out. “Amy, […]

Writers Against Racism: Children’s Book Council Diversity Kickoff

I was honored to be invited to the Children’s Book Council Diversity Kickoff event tonight!!!  It’s such a wonderful and forward-thinking initiative that I asked CBC’s Executive Director, Robin Adelson, to share the vision and thoughts behind forming this committee. “The newly formed CBC Diversity Committee is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and […]

Writers Against Racism: (A Fun) 2012 Pura Belpre Honor

After the day I had, e-mails like THIS make my day. Thank you, Samantha Vamos! “I love love love what he did. He’s just something else! Rafael [Lopez]made a video of his reaction to winning a 2012 Pura Belpre Honor.” Take a look…this is ‘AWEsome’ at its best. “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor”  (Viking) […]

Writers Against Racism: Diversify Your Bulletin Boards by Joseph O. Iannacone

If you are a teacher, you know about those new year resolutions.  This year… I will LIVEN up my bulletin boards! I will be original! I WILL! I WILL! I WILL! Yeah. Yeah. And we never do.  SO, whenever I see a winning bulletin board, I do my best to squeeze them into Bowllan’s Blog.  […]

Writers Against Racism: An e-mail from NYPL

Hi Amy, I’m delighted to invite you to attend the next Conversations with the Cullman Center event with John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of the much lauded PULPHEAD. He will be joined by another critically-acclaimed author Wells Tower, author of EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED. This literary twosome will discuss the art of the essay. No doubt […]

Writers Against Racism: Book Delivery Programs

As seen on CBS2NY Getting Library Books To City Classroom

Writers Against Racism: Reading on the Run

My son has been so diligent this summer as he prepares for his departure to boarding school (high school) in September.  *sniff*  He has been plowing through his summer reading books with a vengeance!  He’s such a hardworker but I can’t help but wonder if he’ll he ever develop a passion for pleasure reading?  He’s the kid who reads because […]