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april 2014
Eeks, it's April! I missed March!

But I have a lot of good excuses, really! First, I was in Hong Kong, then I got sick and then I got so distracted with all the events I am scheduling in coordination with Wheelock's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon production. The play opens THIS WEEKEND!  I'm going to be at the Friday and Saturday performances and on Sunday I'll be at Newton North High School to talk about it! I hope to see you!

But there's even more happening! Look down below for details! 
Where I'll be for Wheelock
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon New England Premiere!
 
 
So, if you couldn't tell I'm super excited about the Where the Mountain Meets the Moon performance! Not only is this the New England premiere, this will be the first time I will actually get to see the show!  The show will be on from April 11-May 11th, so even if you don't go this weekend you can still see it. But I'd love to see you at one of the events I am doing! Here's the full schedule (again):

Friday, April 11th 2014
150 The Riverway, Boston
Special Event for WHEEL sponsors (become a sponsor HERE!)
6-7:30 pm: Celebrate and Chat with Grace Lin, Puppet-Making workshop, Presentation of the WHEEL Award, and Grand Procession of Puppets
7:30 pm: New England Premiere Performance of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (general public tickets HERE)

Saturday, April 12th 2014
150 The Riverway, Boston
Special Event for WHEEL sponsors (become a sponsor HERE!)
1-3pm: Draw a Dragon with Grace Lin, Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance Performance and Dragon Dance Workshop for Kids
3 pm:  Performance of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (general public tickets HERE)

Sunday, April 13th
Film Lecture Hall
Newton North High School
457 Walnut St., Newton, MA
1 pm: Benefiting the Chinese Historical Society of New England, Grace will be giving a special "Embracing the Multicultural Label" presentation as well as discussing the Where the Mountain Meets the Moon performance adaptation.  A book signing and reception will follow. Tickets available HERE!

Saturday, May 10th 2014
in coordination with ATASK
1:30 pm Meet and Greet with Grace Lin, prior to the 3pm performance of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Also available:
Special "dim sum with Grace"   This package includes lunch, personal meet & greet with the author, preceding the event as well as signed hardcover book, and a ticket to the performance. $88 per person (benefit to ATASK!). Contact James at jskypeck@atask.org for information. 
Other places I will be
Starry River of the Sky onstage, too!



With all that is happening with Wheelock, I don't want to forget to mention that Starry River of the Sky will also soon be onstage! Stages Theater in Hopkins, MN will be showing Starry River of the Sky's World Premiere on April 25th!  I'm not going to be there for the opening night but I will be going the May 3rd performance! Schedule below:

 Special Grace Lin Signing Event
Saturday, May 3rd 2014
Hopkins Jaycees Studio Theatre
1111 Main St, Hopkins MN
In coordination with Stages Theatre

12:30- 1:00 PM: Grace Lin book signing
1:00 PM: Performance of Starry River of the Sky
2:15-2:45 PM: Talk with audience (details tk)
 
6:30-7:00 PM: Preshow reception and Grace Lin booksigning
7:00-8:15 PM: Performance of Starry River of the Sky

Don't miss it!!
Ling and Ting!
sneak a peek at book #3

*A late birthday gift for Ling and Ting Sharea Birthday!
I'm thrilled to say that the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has included  Ling & Ting: Share a Birthday in its 2014 Choice List! Yay! The paperback of  Ling & Ting Share a Birthday comes out in the fall, as well as the 3rd book  Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly!

*Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly  COVER SNEAK PREVIEW!
Speaking of Ling & Ting:Twice as Silly, the cover has finally been approved and it looks like....


Isn't that exciting? You, my newsletter readers, are the FIRST ones to see it!
 And other bits of news...

*Interview in the Boston Parents Paper
Recently, I was thrilled to be interviewed by the Boston Parents Paper. Here's an excerpt:

What inspired you to begin writing for children?
Well, I write children's books because I love them. I think they are the best books out there; they are what I read in my spare time. Even though I have read many classic adult novels, the books that I read as a child are the ones that I remember and love the most. The children's books are the ones that have made the most impact on me, the least of which is a love of reading. So to me, children's books are the most important books to read as well as write.
Read the rest HERE!

*Where the Mountain Meets the Moon...in Hawaii!
Honolulu Theatre for Youth is adapting Where the Mountain Meets the Moon for their 2015 season! I'm visiting Hawaii in June for their Seventeenth Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii's Children and I *think* I might be seeing a sneak preview. If not, maybe I'll go back to Hawaii next year...I can dream, can't I?
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*Mighty Girl Pick of the Day
I was honored that The Ugly Veget ables was recently chosen as a Mighty Girl Pick of the Day!
If you don't know  A Mighty Girl, check them out. It's the world's largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls
April Giveaway
for newsletter subscribers

The response to February's giveaway was truly lovely. Even though I planned on sending only one copy of the Chinese edition of Starry River of the Sky, I ended up sending three  (and I probably would've sent more but that was all I had!). Here's an example of one of winning entries:

...What a GREAT opportunity it would be for my kids to read this book in Chinese WITH their grandparents (my in-laws who are Taiwanese)!  It would be a wonderful multi-generational experience... the kids would get to share their grandparents' native tongue, and their grandparents would get to enjoy a culturally relevant story that their grandchildren have read.  I can honestly say that we have never had the opportunity to do something like that in our family.  It would be a special treat.

So you can see why it was so hard just to send one copy!

  For the APRIL NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY I'm giving away a Korean edition of Starry River of the Sky!

So, if you or someone you'd like to give the book to can read Korean, enter this month's giveaway! Same rules as the February giveaway-- if you'd like to this Korean edition (just to be clear as some were confused last time. This book is NOT in English, it is in Korean!) of Starry River of the Sky e-mail  gracelin.manager@gmail.com TODAY with:

1. your mailing address (so I know where to send it!)
2. one reason why you want the book

Please put the APRIL NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY in the subject header.
 행운을 빌어 요!

Letter of the month!

Did I mention I'm finally caught up on my mail? I'm very proud of myself...I had letters dating back from 2012! But I've created a new system which means letter will now be answered much more timely. If you haven't received a response from a 2013 letter that means I lost your address or letter in my move! Very sorry!

And in my recent mail, there was a letter from a high school student who came to one of my first booksignings, more than ten years ago. She sent me photos--it happened when she was four years old! She's going to come to the Where the Mountain Meets the Moon performance and I can't wait to meet her again. I adore meeting readers who grew up with my books,  though it does make me feel a bit old!

If you'd like to contact me, the fastest way to reach me is through my facebook page (unfortunately, I do not e-mail kids. Sorry!) but you can also send me a letter at:

Grace Lin
PO Box 60334
Florence, MA 01062
Happy Spring! See you in May!

Best Wishes,
Grace Lin