Author: Sherri Smith

Activism for Introverts

Enchantivism is “activism for introverts,” as my teacher describes it.  Dr. Craig Chalquist, PhD puts it simply, “If you want to change someone’s mind, tell them a story.”  But it’s so much more than that.  Craig...

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Writing Evil for Children: Three Burning Churches and the Civil Rights Movement

Three churches in Louisiana. The FBI is investigating. Is it arson, a hate crime, a sign of things to come? All of the above, most likely, if the past is any judge. But like the spirituals and musicals, like any good children’s book, the news stories this week are ending in hope. A fourth church opened up its congregation last Sunday. Two choirs sang. And the people lifted their voices. They stood up, and carried on.

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7 Reasons to go to Literary Conferences

When I decided to “become” a “real writer,” the best advice I received was from prolific children’s author Bruce Coville. He said, “You should join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.” So I did. I went to their conference that summer—they hold a big one in Los Angeles every year for all levels, and a more professionally-oriented one in New York in the winter. I was a newcomer and the LA event was walking distance from my house, so how could I refuse?

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Books Eat Books

Books eat other books just as surely as hamsters eat their young.  A friend of mine who raises pigs once told me a pig has to eat three pounds of feed for every single pound of meat it produces. 

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Doing Laundry with Hannibal Lecter

Do you suppose Hannibal Lecter does his own laundry?  It’s easy to see a white collar criminal doctor sending his whites out to be dry cleaned and pressed by an efficiently outsourced place with pink boxes.  But I imagine, what with the blood stains and all, doing it himself is a better plan.  So there he is in the basement—or, I guess he has one of those fancy laundry rooms on an upper floor with sunny yellow walls and a sign that says “Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat.”— sorting whites and red and pulling out the bleach and hoping it doesn’t ruin his favorite sweater… 

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