Spreading the Word

PresentationYesterday I had the opportunity to discuss the Gideon Hawke Series with the 8th Grade and Mill Creek Middle School in Lenexa, Kansas.

I always enjoy the opportunity to share some insights on the American Revolution and the writing process. Our discussion of why the Americans fought so long and so hard against such incredible odds always comes back to motivation: the belief in the ideals that “all men are created equal” and have the God-given rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We also discuss what the American Revolution means today. I always share this quote by Benjamin Rush:

“The American war is over, but this is far from being the case with the American Revolution.”

If I understand what Benjamin Rush was trying to say, it’s that while we won independence, there is still work to be done. We have not yet truly realized the ideals set forth in the Declaration of Impendence. The wonderful thing about talking to 8th Graders is that they are the future: they will have a say in how the American Revolution turns out.

I sincerely hope the Gideon Hawke Series reminds a few of them why we began this great experiment called “America,” and inspires them to do their part of the hard work of building a society in which all people are truly treated as equal.

 

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Kansas Book Festival Weekend!

KBF-Logo-300x193This is an exciting weekend for me!

On Friday, September 8th I will be delivering author talks to the 7th and 8th Grades at Chase Middle School in Topeka, KS. Afterwards, my wife and I will be attending a Reception for authors and Book Festival Sponsors at the Governor’s Mansion.

On Saturday, September 9th, at 9AM I will receive my 2017 Kansas Notable Book Award, and at 10:30 I will deliver an author presentation in the Auditorium at the Kansas Capitol Building Visitor’s Center. Afterwards I will do a book signing, and then soak in the Book Festival: book vendors, authors, and food trucks!

Many thanks to the fans of the Gideon Hawke Series: this would not have happened without you!

I hope to see some of you there!

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