In a special segment on the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, NBC-TV’s Nightly News with Brian Williams will feature A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renée Watson; Illus. by Shadra Strickland .The segment is slated to run on Thursday, August 26th (6:00-6:30 p.m. EST).
NBC will film at Renée and Shadra’s August 24th event at Maple Street Book Shop in New Orleans, LA.
I squealed with happiness when I heard this news. A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is a wonderful story. The text and illustrations work so well together. Watson and Strickland were both kind enough to agree to do an interview with me back in June at my personal blog.
If your local bookstore doesn't carry A Place Where Hurricanes Happen don't just walk out. Please inform them (nicely) booksellers don't respond well to 'tude, that the book is going to be (or was recently) featured on Nightly News on August 26th. And while your at it ask if they have Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Tell your friends to do the same. The more people who make inquires the better.
If you want a copy signed by the author and illustrator contact Maple Street Book Shop
It would make a great gift and you'd be supporting the New Orleans economy. I haven't actually asked anyone at Maple Street Book Shop if they are accepting phone orders. Though I don't see why they wouldn't.