Confessions of a Bibliophile

We are so excited to let everyone know that Carmen will be kicking off the Smithsonian Libraries Art of the Book lecture series on September 15, 2016.

Carmen’s lecture, My Marvelous Affliction: Confessions of a Bibliophile will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

You can RSVP to this event by clicking HERE.

We can’t wait to discuss all things book with everyone!


“Award winning author Carmen Agra Deedy pays tribute to that most glorious artifact, the codex. An impenitent book lover, Deedy presents a spirited defense of book madness, a predilection she terms, “the marvelous affliction.” Join the Smithsonian Libraries as we celebrate the Art of the Book with one of America’s foremost storytellers.”


We’re Coming to the Bowers Museum this WEEKEND!

We are so excited to be heading to Santa Ana, CA this weekend, July 23, 2016 (1:00 p.m.) for family story time in the Kidseum and  July 24, 2016 (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) for a special lecture at the Bowers Museum, The Power of Story in a Cyber World.

During her lecture, Carmen “…will discuss the critical role stories can, and must, play in the lives of today’s children who are bombarded with all manner of entertainment and instruction––increasingly delivered via technology. Yet, the more high-tech we become, the more our carbon-based life forms will yearn for the arts of the senses. Storytelling is what is most human about us and our children need its humanizing, empowering, connecting power now more than ever.”

These programs are generously sponsored by Danny and Anne Shih in partnership with OC Public Libraries.

The lecture will be taking place in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium, with a book signing to follow. You can buy tickets for the lecture HERE.

Storytelling on Saturday is free with your admission to the museum. Bring your OC Public Library, Whittier, Cerritos or Santa Ana Library card all weekend (July 23 and 24) and receive half off Kidseum admission!



Ask Carmen with Wiselike!

Carmen is now on Wiselike! This is a great tool where you can leave questions for Carmen to answer about writing, books, storytelling and anything else you can think of! Once you leave a question for Carmen, she will get it answered for you within a few days. You can also view all previously answered questions.

Teachers, this is a great way to connect your students with Carmen prior to (or after) her visit with you.

You can go straight to Carmen’s page HERE.



We Had a BUSY Summer! Thank You!

We’ve had an incredible and amazing summer so far! Carmen has been all over the country, but a few highlights have been spending time at the Michigan Reading Association Conference, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas. Here are a few photos and tweets from some of the participants. Thank you all! Carmen has loved spending time with you.


Get Georgia Reading!

BlogCarmenFunA few weeks ago, we had the privilege of helping kick off the Get Georgia Reading campaign. It is a wonderful project whose goal is to get all Georgia children proficient in reading by the 3rd grade, as well as to help them learn to love books and stories.

So often this comes down to finding the right book for you! As some of you may know, for Carmen, that book was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. What book made you fall in love with reading?