Amanda Eyre Ward was the perfect author for our Mansfield Reads! program. We chose her book, THE SAME SKY because it was timely, beautifully written and a heart wrenching story. It offered great opportunities for programming, such as the painted sky art contest we conducted and a pin your journey interactive map in the library. Ms. Ward visited our high schools to discuss her work and participated in the Evening with the Author event as the culmination of the month of activities. She was accessible, gracious and most importantly, a great speaker and guest. Our library was packed for the evening event and we heard nothing but great comments and rave reviews about Ms. Ward and THE SAME SKY. We consider her visit to Mansfield to be one of our best success stories!
From our initial meeting at a Book and Author event in Indianapolis to when she departed our conference site, my interactions with Amanda were personal and professional. We gave each conference participant a book a month in advance and asked them to read it before her presentation. She offered a highly personalized presentation, in an interesting and intellectually stimulating fashion, focusing on the underlying subject matter issues as well as the fictionalized story. Amanda graciously included an author ‘meet and greet’ in our program and spoke to the educators about writing style, story ideas and other related topics.