Freedom Tour Austin Launch

Last month, I launched my book, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, in the North Carolina area, under the banner of the Freedom Tour: A Children’s Literature Book Tour. Last weekend, I bought the tour home to Austin, with a celebration at the George Washington Carver Museum. I was honored to be joined by fellow collaborators Kelly Starling Lyons and Chris Barton. Kelly is the author of the book I illustrated, Hope’s Gift. Chris is the author of, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, in which I illustrated. The event was a rousing success, with so many friends and the local community turning out to celebrate our books with us. Here is a glimpse of the special day.

Kelly Starling Lyons, Chris Barton, Don Tate
Cakelustrator Akiko White created this beautiful specialty cake!
Cakelustrator Akiko White created this beautiful specialty cake!
Buffalo Soldiers, Heritage Outreach Program


The Typewriter Rodeo Poetry Group was a big hit! They wrote poetry on the spot for guests, using vintage typewriters.

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12141532_10208267894683024_4639817087581428712_nOn the day before the Carver event, Kelly and I spoke at Menchaca Elementary, which was the perfect way to kick off the Freedom Tour weekend.

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