147: Award-winning author Holly Thompson will visit any school in Japan or Massachusetts

Holly ThompsonITEM: Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com) lives in Japan and is from the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. She will do an author visit at a school in Japan (if outside greater Tokyo, school to pay transportation) or at a school in Massachusetts.

BIO: Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com) is author of the young adult novels in verse, The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and adult novel Ash and picture book The Wakame Gatherers. Raised in Massachusetts but a longtime resident of Japan, she edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories to benefit teens affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She is regional advisor of SCBWI Japan, and teaches creative writing and literature at Yokohama City University.

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About Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author living in London. She was a journalist writing about dictators in the Third World before she took up a full time position battling dictators of the nappy-clad variety. She inadvertently became a web designer while avoiding doing the dishes. She takes procrastination to new levels by blogging, drawing and making YouTube videos for fun. Her debut novel Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for eleven children’s book prizes including the Blue Peter prize. It won the Crystal Kite Children’s Book Prize for Europe. Her latest book is called Shine. www.candygourlay.com
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