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Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle
By Mark Holtzen
Illustrated by John Skewes
Before the Seattle Mariners, there were the Seattle Rainiers…This nostalgic, historically accurate picture book follows Huey through the Seattle of 1955 exploring a diverse and charming neighborhood surrounding the baseball stadium. Featuring the vibrant retro illustrations of Larry Gets Lost creator John Skewes, this is a story of baseball, civic pride, and how baseball unites communities.
- July 7 – Book presentation at The Collective – an urban clubhouse
- April 28 – Independent Bookstore Day – storytime at Third Place Books Seward Park 10 AM, Advice booth Island Books 11:30 – 1:30
- May 5 – Children’s Book Week – Edmonds Bookshop – Storytime & game 1:30 – 2:30 PM
- March 12 – Judge short story contest Island Books, Mercer Island
- April 12 – Seattle Children’s Museum – DEAR (Drop Everything & Read) celebration 10:30am
- May 20 – Present to Washington State Literary Association
- May 30 – Meadowdale Elementary School Visit, Lynnwood
- Summer 2017 – Instructor for Moving Words Writing Clinic
- November 4 – Twain Day – Third Place Books Seward Park
- November 25 – Queen Anne Book Company – Indie Bookfest
- January – middle school author visit Seattle, WA
- Spring – middle school author visit Fircrest, WA
- April 12th – TICKET TO THE PENNANT release! Available at your favorite bookstore.
- April 12th – Seattle Children’s Museum DEAR celebration, 2pm story & signing
- April 13th – Island Books on Mercer Island. Story time. 10:30am
- April 24th – Eagle Harbor, WA, Bainbridge Island, Meet, greet & sign. 10am
- Apr 24th – Queen Anne Book Company Release Party at 3pm!
- April 30th – signing @ The Feed Store near former site of Sicks Stadium, 10am
- May 3rd – University Bookstore, Bellevue, WA SCBWI Inside Story. 7pm
- May 7th – Mockingbird Books, Seattle – Story time @ 4pm
- May 14th – Village Books in Bellingham, WA Book signing. 2pm w/ Bellingham Bells
- June 2nd – Westside School; Thurgood Marshall Summer Read Celebration
- June 25th – Powells Books, Portland, OR. Story time at flagship W. Burnside – 11am
- July 23rd – Third Place Books – Seward Park – Story time – 11am
- Aug 18th – Eagle Harbor Book Co – Storytime – 2pm
- Sept 10th – Third Place Books Seward Park – 10am story time
- Sept 11th – Booth at Mount Baker Neighborhood Day in the Park
- Sept 21st – Concordia Lutheran School, 2:15pm
- Sept 24th – Third Place Books Ravenna, 11am story time & signing
- Sept 24th- Kinokuniya Bookstore – Uwagimaya – 2pm
- Oct 4th – Captain Little Toy Store, Olympia, WA – 11am
- Oct 15th – WLMA conference – Des Moines, WA
- Tue, Oct 18th – Westside School
- Seattle Country Day School – Voices Celebration
- Jan 25th – Westside School – middle school
Why do I write?
Why do we do anything when blessed with a choice? Don’t we all want to create experiences for ourselves that are fun, interesting, or satisfying? We crave stories, in all forms, for that reason.
I am not sure why I find capturing moments with words so gratifying. Over the years various people, unprompted, complimented the way I communicated something: a letter, an essay, an e-mail. Those comments, like little sparks, have grown into a full, glowing campfire.
Once an idea embeds itself into my head I find myself waking early, before work, before the house stirs, to try and expand that idea into an experience. I’m driven to tinker with it until it’s pleasing. I want it to sing—at least for me. Hopefully, once it sings for me it might sing for someone else.
I’m humbled every day with the challenge of writing well. Communicating an idea clearly is a struggle. When it works, when it finally comes together, and I give a reader the feeling they’ve experienced another human being’s world in an authentic way I find it immensely satisfying.