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Next up: GALVESTON READS One Book/One City Event

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Saturday May 21, 2022 at 1PM

I'll be doing my next in person speaking event on West with Giraffes for the Galveston Public Library's One Book/One City event. 

Everybody who wants one gets a FREE book, I've been told, and that's amazing! 

It's going to be great fun and if you're in the area, I hope you can pop by. 

It will be held at Galveston College-Seibel Wing.

SIGN UP at rosenberg-library.org/events

2022 Coronado Island CA Community Read-IN PERSON SPEAKING EVENT. APRIL 7

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Are you in the San Diego area? 

 

If so, and you have nothing else planned on the evening of APRIL 7, 6:30 pm and you love West with Giraffes, I'm doing a speaking engagement, (my first in-person due to Covid).

Coronado has chosen WWG for its 2022 annual Community Read and I couldn't resist coming back to the San Diego area to visit that wonderful island. 

Here's their designed FLYER for it! 

 

 

2022 BOOK IN THE BLUFF -Poplar Bluff MO--West with Giraffes

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
has chosen West with Giraffes

for its

2022 THE BOOK IN THE BLUFF annual community read.

And look at this lineup! 

If you are anywhere in the area, you should check this out if you are a WWG fan. 

They've done a marvelous job.  

My ZOOM SPEAKING EVENT is on APRIL 5 at 5:30 CST. 

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Furman University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's READ&EXPLORE 2022


Just had a great time with the 200+ members who joined us for a Zoom Appearance for their 2022 READ AND EXPLORE-West with Giraffes. We had fun talking and fielding questions with its director Nancy Kennedy about the novel, its writing process, its plot twist decisions, and even chatted about the White Board seen below.  They had a terrific lineup for entire month that included lectures by professors about such things as  the Dust Bowl and Life During the Depression, as well as a webinar with the giraffe keeper at their Greenville Zoo, who just celebrated the first birthday of their baby giraffe Providence.  Thanks, OLLI!

Coronado's CA 2022 Community Read

 

Coronado CA library has chosen West with Giraffes for their 2022 Community Read.
Had to share this great image of their staff all holding WWG on their announcement.

They join half a dozen other communities now who will be doing the same this spring!

More to follow as each approaches.

 

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A Very Special Reader

 

Here's a particularly fine reader/author interaction at LongNeck Manor

in Fredericksburg, TX--quite a place.
(Click on link for more on Longneck)

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https://longneckmanor.com/

Waking up to a Giraffe

I just had the most remarkable experience...I woke up staring at a giraffe. A special reader of West with Giraffes, zoologist and conservationist Rick Barongi, invited me to come visit his new Long Neck Manor. Rick, a former zoo director and designer of Disney's Animal Kingdom, has begun Phase One of his vision of having an experience much like Nairobi's Giraffe Manor right here in the states. Down a winding road out in the middle the hill country, yet only 5 minutes from charming, bustling Fredericksburg, Texas, Rick has brought 3 zoo-born giraffes and 3 zoo-born southern white rhinos to a 100 acre ranch and has opened the first phase of his dream of offering that kind of fun, conservation experience for those of us unable to travel around to the other side of the world. Right now, he's offering tours to meet the animals and learn all about the conservation efforts, and in my opinion, be blown away with what he's already done out in the middle of nowhere (but so close to a great little town full of fun itself). And if you have the wherewithal and/or desire you can spend the night in the barn's gorgeous, tall suite that puts you eye to eye with the giraffes the whole night. Frankly? I'm still on a giraffe high, and for those in love with rhinos, that was quite the fun, too.
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Here's the website to enjoy even if you can't make it there, packed with Rick's bio that got him to Phase One of his dream, along with the LongNeck Promise and Mission, which outlines how the revenue and the donations are used, plus what a tour offers the lucky people who get to visit.

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Dreaming is good.  Dreaming about giraffes is better.  Dreaming BIG about how to help save these and other flagship species is a marvel beyond words.  Thanks, Rick. 

https://longneckmanor.com/

THE MAKING OF WEST WITH GIRAFFES-A White Board


Interested in the writing process of

WEST WITH GIRAFFES?
 

It all started with a stack of yellowed newsclippings, a very old map, and a white board to fill up.  After awhile, it turned into the calculated mess above...until, finally, finally, I began to write...

TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED WEST WITH GIRAFFES

ANNOUNCING NEW NOVEL-AVAILABLE NOW

NEW NOVEL NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

WEST WITH GIRAFFES

 

Q: What's it about?
A: Inspired by a true 1930s story, it's a century-spanning tale with a dead man's diary, a hurricane, the Great Depression, a cross-country trip, a Dust Bowl farmboy, a mysterious woman, a crusty zoo keeper, historical figures and headlines, humor, drama, mayhem, unrequited love, miscreants, reprobates...

 

  ...and did I mention giraffes?

 

 

Available in Hardback, Paperback, Audio, and Ebook

 

Order from Amazon CLICK HERE