On May 16, I’ll join several of my fellow SCBWI Carolinas authors for a group signing at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Although I’ve lived in NC for over a decade, this will be my first visit to Chapel Hill. Hope I don’t lost!  Here’s the press release:

Chapel Hill, NC, May 16, 2010—Local author David Macinnis Gill, whose Soul Enchilada is a Best Book for Young Adults 2010 and Kirkus 2009 Best Book, will be appearing at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Macinnis Gill, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has a second book, Black Hole Sun, due out from Greenwillow Books in August.

Six other local authors will join him for a reading, question-and-answer session, and booksigning. Hear excerpts from Bonnie J. Doerr’s eco-mystery Island Sting (Leap Books); Carolyn McAlister’s retold folktales ¡Holy Molé! (August House) and Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief (Charlesbridge); Maryam Tabibzadeh’s poetic Persian Dreams (Dream Books); Laurie J. Edwards’ biography of R&B singer Rihanna (Lucent) and thriller/romance from the anthology Summer Lovin’ (Wild Rose Press); Adrienne Ehlert Bashista’s picture books on Russian adoption, When I Met You and Mishka: An Adoption Tale (DRT Press); and Anne Runyon’s seasonal picture book, The Sheltering Cedar (Portal Books).

Attendees will be treated to a sneak peek at two of Leap Books’ most recent paranormal releases: Freaksville by Kitty Keswick and Under My Skin by Judith Graves. These teen novels have unique graphics and illustrations by Canadian artist Val Cox. Leap Books, a newly launched publisher of teen and tween books, is sponsoring this Children’s Book Week event at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Blvd. (Historic Airport Rd./Highway 86) in Chapel Hill.

Featured authors are all Carolinas members of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), an international organization that provides networking, education, and support for authors and illustrators of children’s books at all stages of their careers.

The American Booksellers Association began Children’s Book Week in 1919. In 1944 the Children’s Book Council (CBC) took over the role of promoting reading and literacy through Children’s Book Week activities. Each year in May, CBC sponsors a nationwide week of events to encourage children and teens to read. A list of these events, as well as related online activities, can be found at the CBC website, http://www.bookweekonline.com/.