EXCITING NEWS: BHP in Washington, DC
My husband Ib and I will be launching our illustrated Children's book Voyage on August 30th in Washington DC at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. This is very exciting for us , being a small publisher one of the hardest challenges we face is getting a buzz going about a book. With this kind of exposure and the national presence that Billy Collins already commands BHP might finally make a splash.
The poem in the book written by Billy Collins was originally published in a Festschrift to honor John Cole, who has headed up the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress for over 25 years. On a visit with Mr. Cole I spotted a poster of the poem on a wall in his office. As I read it I thought that it would make a wonderful illustrated children's book. I asked John to contact Billy and the rest is history. Voyage will be the first children's book by poet laureate, Billy Collins. Illustrator, Karen Romagna is very excited about this project as well, it being her first children's book and judging by her work, it won't be her last. Voyage depicts the adventure in discovering the joy of reading.. A portion of the royalties from the sale of the book will be going to The Center for the Book.
We are giving a half hour presentation at the Washington E. Washington Convention Center in the Children's Pavillion along with the author, the illustrator and John Cole at 10:40am. Billy and Karen will be signing books in the signing area from 1 to 2pm.