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Storytime in Hutchinson

Saturday, April 18

10:30 am

Bluebird Books

Anola will read KATE'S OCEAN, share the story behind the story and lead a prairie-related activity. Come have some Saturday morning fun!
The Fun and Challenge of Writing  Historical Fiction
A program for all ages.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Rd. KCMO






Launch Party

1 to 3 pm

Saturday, July 11


Join in the fun of celebrating Anola's latest book. Listen to some ukelele songs from the World War I era, hear excerpts from the book and enjoy some lemonade and a cookie!

"In the Know" Program

2 to 3 pm

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Join Anola and museum archivist Jonathan Casey as they discuss the art of writing and the role of research in both historic fiction and non-fiction. Following their discussion, Anola will sign copies of CALLAHAN CROSSROADS. FREE to the public with RSVP | Edward Jones Research Center.


100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108  (816) 888-8100





On Saturday, October 25, Anola took part in the KCK Public Library's Homegrown Reads, a local author fair. Over 20 local authors read from their titles and chatted with readers throughout the afternoon (1- 4:30 PM). Mysteryscape bookstore sold several titles.




MOSCBWI Conference


On Saturday, September 6, Anola attended the Fall Conference of the MOSCBWI (Missouri Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in St. Charles, MO. At the luncheon session, she read Kate's Ocean Garden. Her picturebook manuscript won the conference scholarship contest for the best entry depicting the conference theme, "Seeds of Success."



Webster University Alumni Book Signing

5:30-7:00pm    A Webster graduate, Anola will appear at the Alumni & Faculty Authors Meet & Greet, where folks can meet the authors, hear about their work and get pointers on publishing.
Centene Atrium, East Academic Building, Webster University, Webster Groves, MO



 Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, listed WHISPER ISLAND as a finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards today. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd.

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

December 7, 2013

Next up for Anola after her long trip to Hong Kong and China--a signing event at the Zona Rosa Barnes & Noble store.

River Read

October 16, 2013

Park University held River Read for the fourth and fifth grade students of the Park Hill School District. Several Kansas City area authors met with the students and talked about writing, reading and good books.

Anola with Park Hill students, including Deanna Eberhart, who portrays Primmy.

Book Signing in Webster Groves

October 5, 2013

Webster Groves, MO -- Anola greeted readers and signed books at the Webster Groves Book Shop, a charming, well-stocked independent bookstore.

Hubert the dog and four young readers posed for photos.


Anola wrapped up September with two events on Saturday, 9/28. After a morning at the Johnson County Library Community Fair, she spent the afternoon at the Zona Rosa Barnes & Noble Bookstore greeting readers and signing books.

Kansas Book Festival

September 7, 2013

Topeka, KS -- Anola visited the Kansas State Capitol to help celebrate books, reading and literacy as part of the annual Kansas Book Festival.

Book Signing at Mysteryscape

August 10, 2013

Overland Park, KS -- An enthusiastic crowd of friends and family and avid readers joined Anola for a book signing event at Mysterscape bookstore. Anola's friend Deanna joined the show as Primmy, a definite crowd pleaser that led to some fascinating discussions. Whisper Island sold out again, and some folks had to put in an order.

Book Signing at Reading Reptile

July 26, 2013

Kansas City, MO -- Under perfect, sunny skies, Anola read an excerpt from Whisper Island at one of her favorite hometown bookstores. Afterward, the crowd enjoyed a summertime snack of lemonade and salt water taffy. The treats disappeared--and so did every copy of Whisper Island!

Whisper Island Launch

July 10-11, 2012

Rodanthe, NC -- Anola visited the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in North Carolina's Outer Banks for the public launch of Whisper Island, her new historical novel for young readers, on July 10. 


The young readers of Rodanthe were among the first to purchase the newly released book and had their copies of Whisper Island signed by Anola at the event, which also included games for kids and live demonstrations of the life-saving equipment at the museum.

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