WICHITA, Kan. — Bookstores from coast-to-coast will mark “Independent Bookstore Day” on Saturday, May 2. More than 400 retailers from Alaska to Maine will celebrate their value to their communities with author readings, special sales, and other activities.
While a national event is a great idea, author Grant Overstake says book-lovers in his hometown can celebrate Independent Bookstore Day every day, thanks to the wonderful people at Watermark Books and Cafe.
Watermark Books and Cafe, founded in 1977, is a homegrown, literary, independent bookstore and restaurant located at the corner of Douglas and Oliver in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. The store will participate in the national event from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with author visits, new books and art prints for sale. (Click for full schedule). Continue reading
GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — The audiobook version of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, narrated by voice actress Tavia Gilbert, has been released by distribution giant Blackstone Audio to major internet platforms and download sites around the world.
“It’s a dream come true to hear this story brought to life by a superstar talent like Tavia,” said author Grant Overstake. “Her performance is spot-on perfect and now everyone can hear it.”
Blackstone Audio is the nation’s largest independent audiobook publisher. Its vast collection includes over 10,000 titles, including countless bestsellers. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will fill a gap in a growing category — Sports Fiction for Tween and Teenage Girls.
Gilbert, a six-time finalist for the Audie Awards (the Oscars for Audiobook performers), multiple Earphones, and Parent’s Choice Award-winner, was instrumental in promoting the crowdfunding campaign that financed the project, and assured its distribution through Blackstone Audio.
“This project was made possible because countless people saw the potential for this story to inspire, comfort, strengthen, and ignite the passion of young people, and I’m grateful that Grant honored me by allowing me to tell Maggie’s story,” Gilbert said.
After months and months of intense reading, the brainy bookworms from Church of the Holy Spirit School are prepped and ready for the Battle of the Books competition in the Wichita Diocese Catholic Schools.
The annual reading contest for 5th and 6th graders begins this week in the diocese, which includes 25 elementary schools in south central Kansas.
The Jeopardy-like team competition will test their knowledge of this year’s titles, including Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Wichita author Grant Overstake.
Overstake met with youngsters from Church of the Holy Spirit School to help them prepare for competition, and to share a little about the process of writing a novel.
“There’s no way to know in advance what questions they’ll be asked, so we spent time reviewing the characters, setting, plot, and themes,” he said, adding, “It was inspiring to see how excited they are about reading. This is a great program.”
Maggie’s blog is a new affiliate site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) online store, which is a pretty big deal for friends and followers of storybook heroine, Maggie Steele.
USATF is is the national governing body for track and field in the United States. Its online store offers a wide selection of official merchandise such as bags, team gear, and performance apparel.
Proceeds go directly toward funding a variety of USATF programs and initiatives, ranging from youth activities to elite athlete development and support of Team USA.
“To the best of my knowledge Maggie Steele is the first and only fictional athlete to earn this type of recognition from USA Track & Field,” said Grant Overstake, author of the YA novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. “It’s a real tribute.” Continue reading
The amazing Tavia Gilbert, narrator and producer of the soon-to-be-released audiobook, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, is once again in the industry’s spotlight — this time in the current issue of AudioFile Magazine.
In a a glowing feature profile, writer Jessie C. Grearson describes Gilbert as “…a narrator known for her talent and passionate professionalism, [who] has voiced more than 300 titles across genres, garnering the industry’s highest honors, including six Audie nominations and an assortment of Earphones Awards.”
Gilbert explains in fascinating detail the great lengths she goes to when preparing herself to perform a book on audio. Grearson writes, “A glimpse into her process makes her success seem inevitable. She approaches each narration with great care…”