Rapunzel Roundup Pictures

August 28, 2008


Rapunzel Roundup | Kimberly Heuston and The Book of Jude

August 20, 2008

Kimberly Heuston will be signing at the Rapunzel Roundup, August 23rd, 1 p.m. at the Foothill Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City

When Jude’s mother wins a Fullbright scholarship to study in Prague during the Cold War, her whole family picks up and leaves New York for Czechoslovakia–talk about culture shock! Things are very different there: their apartment is bugged, they can’t talk to Czech nationals, they go to school at the embassy, etc. Jude’s always had trouble adjusting to change, but this is worse than anything she’s ever experienced before, especially when political unrest begins to make things harder for them. She tries her best, but one night it’s all too much for her and she loses it, makes a wild bid for escape, and lands herself in the hospital. She’s never understood why things are harder for her than for others, until a doctor at the hospital diagnoses her with a personality disorder. Can she pull herself together and get her life back, despite her illness?

Book of Jude is an intense ride from start to finish, written with deep insight and a lot of heart. Anyone who has ever had trouble adjusting or felt misunderstood (in essence, all of us!) will empathize with Jude, and thoroughly enjoy this great story.

A Worthy Cause

July 8, 2008

How cool are our local authors? This cool! (Thanks, Shannon!)

Writing for Charity

This summer have unfettered access to professional children’s authors, all in the name of charity! Saturday, July 19 several local authors will host a Writing for Charity event in Salt Lake City, with all profits going to The Wheelchair Project. Come hear writers talk about their process, how to write for a young audience, storytelling tips, and the ins and outs of the publishing business. In addition, have your picture book text or first page of your novel (the most important page!) workshopped by professionals.

When: Saturday, July 19, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Salt Lake Main Library, 200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: $45 (should be tax deductible!)
Event breakdown: 9:00 am — Registration
9:15 – 10:15 am — Panel discussion in the auditorium
10:30 – 11:15 — Break out discussions in topic groups
11:30 – 1:00 — Small group workshops

Authors and publishing professionals include Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Mette Ivie Harrison, Ann Cannon, Kristyn Crow, Becky Hickox, Kimberley Heuston, Anne Bowen, Aprilynne Pike, Laura and Tracy Hickman, Ann Dee Ellis, Mike Knudson, Sydney Husseman, Chris Schoebinger (editor), Amy Jameson (agent), and Wendy Toliver.

Space is limited, first come first serve. To reserve your spot, mail in the $45 registration fee.
Mailing address: 1176 E 2620 N, Provo, UT 84604-4132
Make checks to: “LDS Philanthropies” (the organization that runs The Wheelchair Project) and write “Wheelchair” in the memo line.
Also include: Your name, age, phone number, and area of interest–picture book writing, fantasy novel, or realistic fiction novel.

On the day of the event, bring 15 copies of the first page of your novel or picture book text (maximum word count: 300 words) for some hands on workshopping. If you don’t have a first page to workshop, don’t let that stop you!

100% of the proceeds go to The Wheelchair Project, a wonderful charity that donates new wheelchairs to people in third world countries, many of whom have never had one. A wheelchair can completely change the life of a disabled person, offering mobility, increased independence, and a chance to go to school or find employment. Because this charity is administered by volunteers with LDS Philanthropy, there is no overhead and every penny donated goes directly to purchasing wheelchairs. This is not a religious charity–the wheelchairs go to the needy regardless of their faith. Thank you for supporting this extraordinary cause!