Meet Author Denny Taylor at the Brooklyn Book Festival! September 16 & 17

At Garn Press we are so excited for the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival. Forty thousand readers and we are going to meet them! It is going to be such a great celebration! Garn will be at the BBF September 16th and 17th and we will have lots of books and goods at discount prices. This year’s Festival runs September 11-17, 2017. The heart of the Festival is at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza; Children’s Day takes place at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. There are also Bookend Events stretching citywide. For more information on their venues, click here.

Denny Taylor at the Brooklyn Book Festival! 

Denny Taylor will be at the festival September 16 & 17 and we’ll be featuring her books: Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective ActionSave Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden RuleRosie’s UmbrellaRat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat!; The Children of Sandy Hook vs. the U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America; and Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!

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Rosie’s Umbrella

Author: Denny Taylor
Book: Rosie’s Umbrella – 2017 Second Edition
Garn Press (362 pp., 2017 second edition)
ISBN: 978-1-942146-63-6
BUY: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indigo Books | IndieBound
Paperback $17.95 | Hardcover $27.95 | Ebook $9.99 and $2.99 through Amazon’s Matchbook Program

About the Book

This new 2017 edition includes two additional chapters – “Reflections on Rosie’s Umbrella” written by Jack David Eller, University of Northern Colorado, and Richard C. Owen, Founder and CEO, Richard C. Owen Publishers; and “Epilogue: Writing Rosie’s Umbrella” written by author Denny Taylor, as well as additional front matter.

Rosie’s Umbrella is about love and loss, forgetting and remembering, losing one’s self and becoming someone you never knew or imagined being. We meet 14-year-old Rosie Llywelyn in Boston in 1995 at the moment her life is changed forever by a tragedy that occurred in a coalmining village in Wales in 1955. From the very first page the reader experiences the emotional turmoil Rosie feels as she tries to find out what has happened to her Aunt Sarah and why her parents won’t tell her why they have had Sarah committed to a psychiatric unit in a nearby hospital.

As Taylor engages the reader in Rosie’s tragic family story of guilt and forgiveness, she falls into her own family history, and the reader falls with her – as she exposes the cruelty of governments, the wounds of being lumpen, the exploitation of poor families and children, and the trauma of the forced migration of hundreds of thousands of miners and their families from the Welsh coal mining valleys in the first half of the twentieth century. As Rosie struggles to find her own truth with the support of her teacher and friends in school, she realizes another family tragedy is about to happen. Falling faster now through the pages, Taylor makes sure readers stay on the page with Rosie and her friends through their political awakening to the devastation that power and privilege has on poor people, and to their own vision for the future. Until, filled with love, laughter, and the will to survive, they are ready for the struggle that they know lies ahead.

About Denny Taylor

Denny Taylor has organized more than 30 international scholars forums. She speaks to diverse national and international audiences on a broad range of issues, especially the interconnections between the rapid acceleration in climate change and the dismantling of US public schools, which are not widely recognized. Taylor is particularly interested in bringing to the attention of the public what many parents and teachers already know, which is that in the US, children are being taught to work for the corporations that are using up Earth’s resources, contaminating the planet, and causing the climate system to adversely change, making Earth and unsafe place for our kids to be.

In 1983, Taylor published Family Literacy, which is regarded a classic in the field; Growing Up Literate received the MLA Shaughnessy award in 1988; and Toxic Literacies, published in 1996, was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2004, Taylor was inducted into the IRA’s Reading Hall of Fame. She is Professor Emerita of Literacy Studies at Hofstra University, and the co-founder and CEO of Garn Press. Her most recent books are: : Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective ActionSave Our Children, Save Our School, Pearson Broke the Golden RuleRosie’s UmbrellaRat-a-tat-tat! I’ve Lost My Cat!; The Children of Sandy Hook vs. the U.S. Congress and Gun Violence in America; and Toodle-oo Ruby Blue!

About the Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, it includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors and 200 booksellers in a vibrant Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages.

Plan your Festival

This year’s Festival runs September 11-17, 2017. The heart of the Festival is at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza; Children’s Day takes place at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. There are also Bookend Events stretching citywide. For more information on their venues, click here.

Brooklyn Book Festival – Children’s Day

Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM – 4 PM
MetroTech Center
1 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Brooklyn Book Festival – Festival Day

Sunday, September 17 at 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St, New York, New York 11201

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