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July 2017 Third Thursday

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

7/20/2017 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.

** Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month (except December) on the third floor of BookPeople.


July Third Thursday

Thursday, July 20, 2017

7pm start

at BookPeople in Austin, TX


"The Secret to Great Picture Books"

Every writer who is a parent or who once read picture books (which means pretty much everyone) has contemplated writing one at some point--and inevitably learned that it's not as easy as it looks. This panel will deconstruct the parts and structure of picture books, answer commonly-asked questions, and discuss the business of getting books published. Join four picture book authors for this converation.

Chris Barton is the award-winning, best-selling author of several picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train, The Day-Glo Brothers, and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, both illustrated by Don Tate. His new books include 88 Instruments (illus. by Louis Thomas), Mighty Truck: Muddymania! (illus. by Troy Cummings), Book or Bell? (illus. by Ashley Spires), and Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion (illus. by Victo Ngai).



Jason Gallaher is a children's book writer who loves to create stories that mix the flamboyantly whacky with the slightly dark. When not writing, Jason zips about Austin, Texas. He loves dinosaurs, unicorns, dinosaurs riding unicorns, and anything magical that takes you to a different world or time. Also, Anjelica Huston. Jason is a self-described Hufflepuff, and he is actively looking for an Andalite friend. His debut picture book, Whobert Whover, Owl Detective, comes out from Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster on July 18, 2017.


Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie PartyHappy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.







Emma J. Virján is the author-illustrator of the Pig in a Wig Book series – 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, What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang releasing in January 2017 and What This Story Needs is a Vroom and a Zoom to be published in May 2017.









This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.