October has been a busy, super-creative, and delicious month this year! The themes are BOOKS, BAKED GOODS, and VIDEOS… I’ve been:
Meanwhile, I’m helping to decide how to both dole out grants for and raise money for teachers at Oakland Tech… all while struggling through the season’s plague of phlegm and trying to catch up on Breaking Bad before Downton Abbey starts. Never a dull moment! Coming up: if you’re in or near Napa, please catch my upcoming bullying workshops with my mom at Community Resources for Children - November 2 and 16th.
This summer I won a great honor… first place in the California Writers Club‘s annual literary dessert contest!
The cake I made was a collaborative effort with my family; we’d made it once before for a baking contest for the teen program at Chabot Science Center. The cake represented HAL 9000, the passive-aggressive supercomputer from the Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001… and since it was powered by technology (an iPod spouting lines from the movie), it drowned out all the other cakes with its awesomeness.
Here’s HAL 9000 saying out loud what everyone was thinking…
Please join me this Sunday at my writers club’s open house! Feel free to bring a cake. And don’t worry – you won’t have HAL to compete with since I’ll be the emcee. More information here: Open House – “LitCake” party on October 20th | California Writers Club — Berkeley Branch.
The cake I was proudest of… a cupcake bearing the cover of my second book, The Reason She Left!
Local authors Dr. Louise Hart and Kristen Caven will be speaking at A Great Good Place for Books tomorrow night about their new book, The Bullying Antidote: Superpower Your Kids for Life.
Bestselling author Rick Hansen, who wrote The Buddha’s Brain
, says it “provides parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to raise strong, resilient, assertive and emotionally healthy kids.”
Jonathan Cohen, President of the National School Climate Center, highly recommends it.
A recent trade reviewer said, “This is a well-written, understandable, and comprehensive book which your customers will be relieved to find on your shelves.”
And one therapist wrote, “If you are looking for the definitive book on Bullying, you have found it. In fact, this book is so comprehensive, it covers societal factors, parenting styles, childhood development, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, brain science, best practices in schools, communication, and family dynamics, and all of the ways these factors contribute to the cause of—and then the solution to—bullying.”
It’s National Bullying Awareness Month
, since this is the time kids are back to school and adapting to their new social scene.
If you know a parent anywhere who is struggling with bullying, be their child a bully or a target, please consider sending them the book this week. The authors are asking everyone they know to purchase a copy this weekend
so their sales create a “blip” in the publishing world and their hopeful research can find its way into the hands of a wider range of parents.
The book contains many stories from right here in Oakland. We certainly have our troubles, but we’re also getting a lot right!
Please forward, thank you!