To Fairfield, From Kankakee


Had no idea the amazing folks at the Kankakee Public Library wrote the sweetest letter in the world to the amazing folks at the Fairfield Public Library after Fairfield chose Into the Beautiful North for its One Book read.

This made me cry (again). Kankakee represents so much to me, as a writer and as a citizen of the world. And what I hoped to do with Into the Beautiful North was show what a small piece of America might hold for someone looking for hope and kindness.

So click here and scroll down to the Letter from Kankakee. As we re-jigger the website for the paperback launch, the links there will be an essential part of the new page for Into the Beautiful North.

Thanks Kankakee, as always.


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My son attended the Fairfield One Book One Town event this past Wednesday and the chatter hasn't stopped about how wonderful you were. After our son read Into the Beautiful North, he asked me for more of your books, so I bought him three more and he loved them all! He is so delighted that you took the time to sign each one and draw a special picture relating to the story. He bought two more of your books after the event and has finished them both. Thank goodness you're coming out with another book! Best of luck and congratulations on your award. Thanks again for coming to Fairfield; you are an inspiration.

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Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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