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Bring Me & Other Indiana Authors to Your K-12 School!

Kelsey Timmerman is the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Emerging Author Winner and an active public speaker. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of "WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes" and "WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy." His writing has appeared in places such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community. He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, played PlayStation in Kosovo, farmed on four continents, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and in another life, worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida. Whether in print or in person he seeks to connect people around the world. And he wants to connect with you! Read below for more about how authors like Kelsey can come to your school.

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“What’s your favorite color?”

“Do you drive an El Camino?”

Students say the darnedest things. These were just a few of the questions I was asked when I visited the Friends School in Richmond, Indiana, two week ago. I talked for about 20 minutes, answered questions for about 20 minutes and then visited an English class,

(For the record, I don’t drive an El Camino. But why don’t they bring it back? It has all the strengths of a truck and a car. It’s like the Blade of automobiles.)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak in an auditorium in Greenville, Ohio, where I went as a student to watch others share stories from its stage. Whether presenting to grade schoolers, high schoolers, or college students I always try to imagine myself at that age sitting in the audience. What did I need to hear?

I’ve been trying to speak at more K-12 schools over the past few years. I’ve realized that middle schoolers on up are ready for the full weight of my stories, even the really heavy ones on child labor and slavery. As for the younger students, I enjoy sharing some of my adventures stories, the importance of experiencing other cultures and writing. Always love dusting off my snake and shark stories!

The amazing folks at The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation are offering grants to Indiana schools to bring in winners and finalists of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award (I won in the Emerging category in 2014). The Foundation covers the cost of the author's visit, meaning the schools get a free author visit, and the authors get paid for their time.

Other authors participating in this program include Adrian Matejka, Helen Frost, Greg Schwipps, Barb Shoup, Norbert Krapf, Ray Boomhower and Mike Mullin.

The Foundation is hoping to plan one author visit per month, except for in October when they are busy putting the finishing touches on the Indiana Authors Award event. 

Click on over to my blog for more details about the author speakers and their work. And contact Caity Withers at cwithers@indyplfoundation.org or at 317-275-4868 if you're interested! She would love to hear from you and is always open to your thoughts on what types of author outreach and literary opportunities are best for your students.