Yes, I know, it's a little strange to wish a book character a happy birthday. Sort of like having an imaginary friend, isn't it?
But my first main character, Gloriana June Hemphill, has a birthday that coincides with a national holiday.
A great excuse for a blogpost, right?
I previously wrote more about Glory and her
July 4th birthday HERE.
I'm eternally grateful for all the teachers and librarians who've shared my book, Glory's birthday and Freedom Summer with young readers.
Horn Book recently included GLORY BE in a new list of books about Freedom Summer.
And I'm beyond excited to have been invited to talk about my book and what I know about that summer. I'll be in Oxford, Ohio, home of Miami University where so many of the 1964 Freedom Summer workers were trained. Details to follow. At least one of the events will be open to the public, so I hope to see a few Ohio friends there!
If you missed the remarkable movie, FREEDOM SUMMER via PBS, here's a link:
Have a terrific July 4th weekend, everybody!
(And listen to Elvis, Glory. He doesn't wish just anybody a happy birthday.)