Dear Missouri: See You During Banned Books Week!

It’s official… I’m going to the Show-Me state!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be traveling to Springfield, MO to participate in Banned Books Week events with the Springfield-Greene County Library District September 30 and October 1! The parents, students, teachers, and librarians of Republic and the surrounding areas have been so wonderfully supportive during the year-long challenge and eventual ban of Twenty Boy Summer and Slaughterhouse Five. It’s an honor for me to visit and meet readers in person. A huge thank you to the Springfield-Greene County Library District for making this possible.

Update! Here is the complete schedule of events:

  • Friday, September 30 :: 7:00 PM
    Author talk and book signing
    The Library Center
    4653 South Campbell
    Springfield, Missouri 65810-1723
  • Saturday, October 1 :: 12:00 PM
    The Library Station
    2535 North Kansas Expressway
    Springfield, Missouri 65803-1184
  • Saturday, October 1 :: 4:00 PM
    The Library Center
    4653 South Campbell
    Springfield, Missouri 65810-1723
  • Saturday, October 1 :: 5:00 PM
    Banned books discussion panel
    The Library Center
    4653 South Campbell
    Springfield, Missouri 65810-1723

Missouri friends, I look forward to seeing you all next month!

20 thoughts on “Dear Missouri: See You During Banned Books Week!

  1. Absolutely love “Twenty Boy Summer.” Keep up the good work. I’m an embarrassed alum of Republic High (1957).

    • Thanks, Margaret. And you should be proud to be an alum! People from the school (outside of the board) and the town have shown tons of support.

  2. Thank you so much for your visit! As a senior at Republic, this Banned Books week and visit will be especially important! Thank you for your support!!

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  4. Better watch out, Wesley Scroggins might try to get you arrested for wearing the wrong colored shoes or stepping on a crack in the sidewalk or something else as heinous as writing excellent books. πŸ™‚

    Love ya


  5. Which day(s) will you be at the public library? I read Twenty Boy Summer this “summer”.

    • Hi Allison,

      I just updated the schedule above. I’ll be at both the Library Center (Friday and Saturday) and Library Station (Saturday). Hope to see you there!

  6. So glad you’re coming to Springfield! I’ve been keeping up with what’s going on with the banning in Republic.

    I’ve read your book (love It!) & commented on it on my website.

    I hope the ban results in a ton of sales for you!

  7. I graduated from Republic last year. I am SO disappointed that I am missing out on all of this! I hope you have a safe trip and enjoy the experience! πŸ™‚

  8. Looking forward to meeting you!! I own the bookstore in Republic, MO. I am scheduling an open reading during Banned Book Week and your book is included. I am excited about this event and hope to get your book out there to all of those students who have been denied access to it in school. Tiger Bookmarks, Republic, MO

  9. I read in this month’s CHURCH & STATE magazine that the Republic book banning may be unconstitutional.

    It seems Wesley Scroggins’ complaint that the books “taught ideas contrary to the Bible” may be presenting a church/state problem.

    I do hope something can – and will – be done about it.

  10. Just wanted to say that I’m psyched that you will be here in Springfield and I look forward to meeting you! I really hope that this Banned Books week will open some minds ~ it definitely has the potential and a lot of that is thanks to you.

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