Sometimes I’m “on the road” without leaving home . . .
“Walking Toward America” is currently available for tour bookings in the Midwest. Contact Herman Johansen at Martin Tanner Productions, http://martintanner.com.For more information about “Walking Toward America,” visit http://walkingtowardamerica.wordpress.com.
Here’s a link to an email interview by Lindsay Bandy on PennPoints, the blog of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Eastern PA chapter: http://easternpennpoints.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/a-cafe-chat-with-author-and-playwright-sandy-asher-by-lindsay-bandy/ . . .
And an article after a phone interview by Lancaster newspaper reporter Joan Kern: http://lancasteronline.com/features/all-hail-the-children-s-laureate-city-resident-has-duty/article_9549da1e-b7c6-11e4-94dc-47312c9c8790.html.
And most recently, an interview in the Lancaster newspaper by Jane Holahan: http://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/meet-sandy-asher-who-brings-together-the-stories-of-women/article_8b025012-8674-11e6-a9a0-b757fcb52b57.html.
But I do love to travel . . .
This was my first “Authors for Earth Day” school visit. Half my fee was donated to an earth-friendly charity voted on by the students, in this case, The Wolf Sanctuary of PA. See more at http://www.authorsforearthday.org.
October 7, 2016 — “New Choices . . . New Beginnings . . . ” my Readers Theater presentation celebrating the New Choices in Career Development program, 7 p.m., Ware Center, Lancaster, PA. Based on the life story sharing workshops held at the YWCA and Lancaster County Prison. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. (See March 8, 2017, for an encore performance, also free.)
October 18, 2016 — presenting “PA Authors in the Public Library: Cooperate, Educate, Celebrate!” — a Pennsylvania Library Association Conference Poster Session with Heather Sharpe, Executive Director of the Lancaster Public Library, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m., Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor, PA.
November 6, 2016 –PJ Library reading and signing, Beth El Synagogue, Lancaster, PA. 2-4 p.m. For PJ Library members only.
November 9, 2016 — story-sharing workshop for New Beginnings at the Lancaster County Prison.
November 13, 2016 — screening of Natural Light Films version of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at Groff Funeral Home, 528 W. Orange St., Lancaster, PA at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
December 11, 2016 — “Yom Choice” writing workshops at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Lancaster, PA.
December 15, 2016 — debut book reading and signing of CHICKEN STORY TIME at Barnes and Noble, Red Rose Commons, Lancaster, as part of the Buchanan Elementary School book fair, 5 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
December 17, 2016 — rehearsed reading of the stage version of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3:15 p.m. Free and open to the public.
December 21, 2016 — guest story reader, King Elementary School, Lancaster, PA
January 12, 2017 — first official KPETS Therapy Dog visit to the Lancaster Public Library with Gracie!
January 25, 2017 — creative writing workshop, McCaskey High School, Lancaster, PA.
February 10, 2017 — First-ever Reading Dog visit at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School with Gracie.
February 16, 2017 — First-ever Reading Dog visit at Carter & MacRae Elementary School with Gracie.
February 17, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, King Elementary.
February 23, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, Carter & MacRae Elementary.
February 25, 2017 — Picture book writing workshop with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing and editor Lucia Monfried for SCBWI-Oregon. https://oregon.scbwi.org/events/picture-this-picture-book-intensive/
February 26, 2017 — book signing with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing at Green Bean Books, Portland, OR, 11 a.m. Everyone welcome!
February 27, 2017 — after school program at West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR, with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
February 28, 2017 — three elementary school visits in the Portland, OR, area with CHICKEN STORY TIME illustrator Mark Fearing, orchestrated by Barnes and Noble.
March 2 – 5, 2017 — I’ll be at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, for classroom visits, a workshop, and performances of “Once, in the Time of Trolls,” including the following:
*Friday, noon visit with Theatre for Children and Youth Class,
* Friday, 7:30 p.m. public performance of “Trolls,” and 8:30 p.m. post-show discussion,
* Saturday, morning workshopping of “Stuff: A Curious Collection,”
* Saturday, 4 p.m. master class with Young Playwrights for Change,
* Saturday, 7:30 p.m. public performance of “Trolls,” and 8:30 p.m. post show discussion.
March 8, 2017 — A repeat performance of “New Choices . . . New Beginnings . . .,” my Readers Theater piece about the women of New Choices Career Development, will be featured at the International Women’s Day celebration, Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster. There are free and open to the public events all day. The reading will take place at 6 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Also free and open to the public.
March 9, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, Carter & MacRae Elementary, Lancaster, PA
March 10 & 17, 2017 — Reading Dog visit, Martin Luther King Elementary, Lancaster, PA
March 18, 2017 — Gracie makes her debut Reading Dog appearance at Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration suggested.
March 19, 2017 — “Yom Choice” writing workshops at Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, Lancaster, PA.
April 3, 2017 — Story-sharing workshop for New Beginnings at the Lancaster County Prison.
April 11 – 12, 2017 — An “Authors for Earth Day” visit to Moreland Hills Elementary School in Pepper Pike, OH. See http://authorsforearthday.org for info on these events.
April 22, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.
May 20, 2017 — 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library. Then it’s off to Philadelphia to join other area authors and illustrators for a Children’s Book Festival at Big Blue Marble Books, 551 Carpenter Lane — close to my old Mt. Airy neighborhood! 2 – 6 p.m., free and open to the public. Details available soon at http://bigbluemarblebooks.com
June 22, 2017 — Summer reading series program at Schlow Library, State College, PA, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.
JJune 24, 2017 — Reading Dog Day with Gracie at the Lancaster Public Library, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.
July 31, 2017 — Panel presentation and screening of “Death Valley: A Love Story” at the Creativity and Madness Conference, Santa Fe, NM. Full information at http://www.creativityandmadness.com/creativity-and-madness-july-31-august-4-2017
August 2 – 6 , 2017 — American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference, New Orleans, LA. I’ll be participating in a reading of other playwrights’ scripts and presenting a snippet of one of my own in the Playwrights Slam. Full information at http://www.aate.com/2017-aate-national-conference
March ?, 2018 — The 50th anniversary gathering of the Children’s Literature Festival, Warrensburg, MO. Details TBA.