This weekend I had a wonderful visit from the lovely, Zetta Elliott. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with some pretty phenomenal creative people over the years. Zetta holds a very special place in my heart because she is the author of Bird, but also because I am learning and questioning something every second in … Read more
Today is the release day for Zetta Elliott’s A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT (encore edition). Since I can’t be there (NYC) to help celebrate her at the launch party, I will have a cupcake here in her honor. A little background on the book, Zetta self-published AWAM in 2009 under her own Rosetta Press through Amazon’s … Read more
Get ’em while they’re hot! Hop over to Zetta’s blog to see her shiny new ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) for A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT. Super exciting!
Hey Baltimore! Come out this Sunday to see yours truly and Zetta Elliott at the 14th annual Baltimore Book Festival. We will be presenting BIRD, Sunday, September 27th at 1:00PM. Look for us at the Children’s Bookstore Stage. Now, to find that top hat and cane….
The 40th Coretta Scott King Award Ceremony was more than I hoped it would be. I shared the stage with some of my favorite artists and authors and was uplifted by librarians from across the country. I was especially excited to see a lot of familiar faces from the Brooklyn Public Library and the New … Read more
A big THANK YOU goes to Judy Zuckerman at the Brooklyn Public Library for hosting me at last week’s Children’s Librarians Meeting. I had a great time meeting with librarians from all across Brooklyn and sharing my work! Also grateful am I to Judy, Andrea, Ellen, and Rachel for introducing me to Cheryl’s Global Soul … Read more
I have been reading Arundhati Roy’s THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS for about two months now. The writing is so chock full of metaphor and whimsical details that after a few chapters I find I have to put the book down to digest what I’ve just read. Sadly, at the end with roughly four chapters … Read more
Great news, BIRD has been selected as a finalist for The Brown Bookshelf’s 28 Days Later Contest. Hurray! Here is an excerpt from the letter sent to Zetta Elliott announcing the great news: 28 Days Later is our much-anticipated initiative that will celebrate vanguard Black children’s book authors and emerging and established African-American authors who … Read more
On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with Zetta Elliott, author of the book Bird, about publishing picture books that tackle real-life issues like drug addiction, getting published in foreign markets and being daring as both book publishers and book buyers.