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Join Us for a Children’s Book Lover’s Delight

11:30 am to 1:00 pm April 21, 2017 is the date!

A Spring Tradition: BookSpring’s Benefit Luncheon

Come visit with friends old and new, catch up with BookSpring, and meet some of our favorite local children’s book authors.

Bethany Hegedus’ books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and the newly released Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to the Mahatma and illustrated by Evan Turk. The Grandfather Gandhi books join Bethany’s novels Truth with a Capital T and Between us Baxters in gracefully handling race, class and diversity issues. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany is prior editor of the literary journal Hunger Mountain. Bethany is the Owner and Creative Director of the Writing Barn, a writing retreat, workshop and event space in Austin, Texas. A former educator, Bethany speaks and teaches across the country.

Carmen Oliver is the founder of the Booking Biz, a boutique style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She is also the author of picture book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies as well as the forthcoming nonfiction picture book The Favio Chavez Story. She teaches picture book writing at the Writing Barn and loves speaking at schools, conferences and festivals. Growing up in Canada, she saw many bear species along the hiking trails but always kept a respectful distance. She and her family now call the wide-open spaces of Texas home.

Divya Srinivasan lives in Austin, Texas. Her illustrations have appeared in New Yorker magazine, and she has done work for This American Life, They Might Be Giants, Sundance Channel, Sufjan Stevens, and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Divya was also an animator on the film Waking Life. She is the author and illustrator of the picture books Little Owl’s Night, Little Owl’s Day, and Octopus Alone, and she illustrated the picture book, Cinnamon, written by Neil Gaiman, which will be published in May 2017. More of Divya’s work can be seen at

Emma J. Virján was born in San Antonio, Texas on a Wednesday evening, her Dad’s bowling night. This might explain her attraction to shiny, hardwood floors and crunchy, snack bar French fries. She loves to eat breakfast tacos, draw, tell stories and work in her garden. She often lets her dog sleep on the couch. Emma is the author-illustrator of the Pig in a Wig Book Series for early readers – What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig, What This Story Needs is a Hush and a Shush, What This Story Needs is a Munch and a Crunch, and What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang.

Hurry! Space is very limited. Don’t miss out!

This year’s location is the lovely Westwood Country Club located at 3808 West 35th Street, the home of majestic live oaks and avid book enthusiasts. You know how important building home libraries and encouraging family reading is for the future of our children. You can make a difference while enjoying an excellent formal lunch and the company of fellow early literacy advocates, where everyone can be a storybook hero.  Special dietary requests can be accommodated if made in advance.  Hosted by Development Chair Michelle Bourianoff and the entire BookSpring Board of Directors, we hope you will join us to further the mission of BookSpring.

Single tickets: $150
Table of 10: $1,500
Raffle tickets to be sold at the event: $25 each or 6 for $100.

Books will be available for a suggested donation and to be signed by the authors. You may keep for a gift or donate for BookSpring’s programs.
Tables include special signage, verbal recognition at the event, and a one year membership in the Champions of BookSpring.

All proceeds benefit a lifelong love of reading.