Golden Spike Nominated for 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award

It is a great thrill to announce that Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles, Book 3, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award in the category of Younger Readers. The winners will be announced at the annual banquet in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. I am making plans to attend the ceremonies.

Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles, Book 1, received the Bronze Will Rogers Medallion Award for Younger Readers in 2015, and Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles, Book 2, received the Silver Will Rogers Medallion Award for Younger Readers in 2016. Followers of this blog will recall that Bear Claws was also awarded first place in fiction in 2016 by the Wyoming State Historical Society.

You can see the complete list of finalists for the 2018 Will Rogers Medallions in all categories at this website: www.willrogersmedallionaward.net/press-release-wrma-2017

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Western Writers Hall of Fame

I attended the 2018 Western Writers of America Convention in Billings, Montana, from June 20 through June 23. On the final day of the convention, I joined two bus-loads of fellow WWA members for a trip to Cody, Wyoming, to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. A recent addition to the McCracken Research Library, located within the center, is the Western Writers Hall of Fame. I am not a member of the Hall of Fame, but as a part of the display, current WWA authors are included in the display. It was a great thrill to stand beside the entry for my trilogy, The Iron Horse ChroniclesGolden Spike, Book 3, is not yet included in the display. I will take steps to get that corrected.

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MG Books About Native Americans

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, I posted a new article on the website Mad About MG History, entitled “MG Books About Native Americans.” Since the one hundred forty-ninth anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike occurred a few days ago on May 10, I suggested to readers of the blog that this coming year would be a good time to learn more about the lives of the original inhabitants of our continent. My posting recommends several award-winning, middle-grade novels about American Indians. All of these books are suitable for adults, too.

Follow this link: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/

The National Park Service will be planning major celebrations when the sesquicentennial celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad takes place next year. Those who can make the trip to Promontory Summit, Utah, for the festivities will be well rewarded. Whether or not you do, you can read my trilogy, The Iron Horse Chronicles, about how this important historical event contributed to ending the traditional way of life of the nomadic Indians.

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Writing a Historical Trilogy

“Writing a Historical Trilogy” is the title of an article I wrote for the Spring 2018 issue of WriteRiders, the quarterly newsletter of the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Link to the article (it’s on page 4 of the newsletter) https://nevada.scbwi.org/files/2015/01/WriteRiders-Spring-2018.pdf. While there, you can enjoy other articles written by fellow members of SCBWI from Nevada.

 

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Sun City Anthem Spring 2018 Book Signing

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I joined seven other members of Anthem Authors at the 2018 Sun City Anthem Spring Arts & Crafts Fair in Henderson, Nevada.

I was pleased to have all three books of my historical fiction trilogy The Iron Horse Chronicles available to offer the many readers who visited my table.

In this photo, I am unfortunately standing in front of my own sign. You can see the Anthem Authors banner off to my right side.

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Antarctic Exploration Posting to Mad About MG History

Periodically, I post to Mad About MG History, a blog containing recommendations for books for middle grade students on selected subjects. The blog is primarily designed for teachers of middle grade students and librarians of middle grade schools, but parents and students themselves can hopefully benefit from our suggestions. This time, I wrote about the early exploration of Antarctica.

My first trip to Antarctica in 1976.

You will find my latest post here: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/

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Henderson Local Author Showcase

On St. Patrick’s Day 2018, I participated in the 5th Annual Local Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, Nevada. As the official program states, “This project is funded in party by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.”

It was an honor to be included among the sixty authors who sold and autographed their books for the many patrons who visited the event. This was my fourth time to participate. It was obvious that the attendance was greater than any previous event. Thank you Henderson Libraries for organizing and managing this great showcase featuring all the talented authors who reside in the Vegas Valley.

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Big Eight-O

This past week I celebrated my eightieth birthday. Many folks sent their good wishes. I extend my thanks to each of you. I want to share a couple of photos from my birthday dinner at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis in the Green Valley Ranch Casino. Hank’s is one of Las Vegas’s five star restaurants–a must place to dine when you visit our city.

My wife, Barbara, is seated to my left. Opposite me is Carol White, our casino hostess, who arranged the dinner. To my right is Carol’s sister, Connie. We had a delightful meal, as always, at Hank’s. The special highlight of the evening was the birthday cake!

Josef Passalacqua, Pastry Chef at Hank’s, prepared this wonderful German chocolate cake (my favorite) with its book and railroad theme. The individual pages of the book are detailed in the icing around the three sides away from the book’s spine. Atop the book, the caboose is also made with icing, complete down to its coupler. Thank you, Josef.

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2018 Stirrup Award Nomination

I have received a nomination for the Western Writers of America 2018 Stirrup Award. The Stirrup Award is given annually for the best article to appear in Roundup Magazine, the official publication of Western Writers of America. My nomination is for my article “In 1866, the UP made tracks to the first Wild West Show,” that appeared in the April 2017 issue of Roundup Magazine [pictured here]. I wrote about the appearance of the article in a posting to my website on May 8, 2017. You can find that article in the archives section of this website or by clicking on the link provided at the end of this article.

There are 57 articles nominated, so the competition is humongous, to say the least. The authors of most of the articles are well established, famous western authors. Just to be nominated is a great honor. Thank you WWA and Roundup Magazine.

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Henderson Libraries 5th Annual Local Author Showcase

A month ago, I posted an announcement that I will participate in the Henderson Libraries 5th Annual Local Author Showcase on March 17, 2018. I will be able to autograph all three books in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy from 1 to 2:30 PM. The library has provided a copy of a poster they are using to advertise this great event. I share it with you here.

The Local Author Showcase allows patrons to: “Meet over 60 authors from the Vegas Valley who write in a variety of genres, from poetry and memoirs, to crime novels, inspirational stories, and everything in between.” This statement, and more, appears on the official website of the library: http://hendersonlibraries.com/local-author-showcase.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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