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Please note that Hester's travel will be limited as of November 2016 due to family obligations.
Friday/Saturday, October 26-27, 2018 - Appearing at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Receiving Mississippi Author Award at Mississippi Library Association conference in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Leading a workshop for SCBWI-NM on "Nonfiction Storytelling: Writing the Truth Using Fiction Techniques" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Saturday-Sunday, November 21-22, 2015 - Signing on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Anderson's Bookshop booth #950, and from 4-5 p.m. in the Candlewick Press booth #727-729. Panel presentation "Courage, Creativity, and Cooperation: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement" Session #M.02 on Sunday from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Room 202 A/B at the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Friday & Saturday, October 16-17, 2015 - On faculty for the SCBWI-Southern Breeze Writing and Illustrating for Kids Conference (wik15) in Birmingham, Alabama.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Appearing at 10 a.m. at the Nashville Public Library Conference Room 3 then signing at 11 a.m. at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thursday & Friday, September 8-9, 2015 - School visits at the University School in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wednesday-Friday, September 16-18, 2015 - Appearing at International Day of Peace events in Rockford, Illinois.
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Appearing in the Alabama booth at the Pavillion of the States at the National Book Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Appearing at first annual Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson Mississippi at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday and Friday, August 20-21, 2015 - Guest Speaker at Stone County Centennial Celebration in Stone County, Mississippi.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Attending ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Leading SCBWI-NM Schmooze on "Top Ten Tips from Twelve Years of Conferences" from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the La Farge branch of the Santa Fe Public Library, 1730 Llano Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Leading an SCBWI-New Mexico Schmooze on Establishing Critique Groups from 10:30 a.m.-12:30p.m. at the La Farge branch of the Santa Fe Public Library, 1730 Llano Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. - At Barnes & Noble/Coronado Mall as Guest Speaker at the Education Appreciation Event, reading and signing Seeds of Freedom at 6600 Menaul Boulevard NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Signing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Realizations, 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - Visiting Plew Elementary School in Niceville, Florida all morning. Reading and signing at 2:30 p.m. at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Avenue in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Appearing and Signing at the Alabama Library Association and Southeastern Library Association joint convention in Point Clear, Alabama.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Appearing and Signing at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Appearing at Jackson Academy and Power APAC schools in Jackson, Mississippi. Signing at 3:30 p.m. at Lemuria Books at 202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North in Jackson, Mississippi.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Leading Informal Critique session at SCBWI-New Mexico Schmooze from 1-3 PM at the La Farge branch of the Santa Fe Public Library, 1730 Llano Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Leading discussion at SCBWI-New Mexico Schmooze on "Starting and Maintaining Critique Groups" from 1-3 PM at the La Farge branch of the Santa Fe Public Library, 1730 Llano Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - Speaking at SCBWI-New Mexico Schmooze on "What Writers Can Learn from Actors" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
POSTPONED due to winter weather - rescheduled as a Stock Signing only on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. - At Barnes & Noble/Coronado Mall reading and signing Seeds of Freedom at 6600 Menaul Boulevard NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. - At Bookworks reading and signing Seeds of Freedom at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, in the Shops of Rio Grande, next to Flying Star, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. - Reading and Signing Seeds of Freedom at FoxTale Book Shoppe at 105 East Main Street, #138, in Woodstock, Georgia.
Friday, February 13, 2015 - Visiting Indian Knoll Elementary School in Canton, Georgia.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. - Reading and Signing Seeds of Freedom at Little Shop of Stories at 133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Visiting Eura Brown Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. - Reading and Signing Seeds of Freedom at Little Professor Book Center at 2717 18th Street South in Homewood, Alabama.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - Speaking to creative writing students at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - Speaking at SCBWI-Southern Breeze Schmooze on "The Art of Writing Historical Picture Books" from 7 to 9 p.m. in Birmingham, Alabama.
Monday February 9, 2015 - Visiting The Academy for Academics and Arts in Huntsville, Alabama.
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4 p.m. - Signing at Barnes & Noble/Bridge Street at 300 The Bridge Street NW, Suite 100, in Huntsville, Alabama.
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - Speaking at SCBWI-Southern Breeze Schmooze on "From Idea to Print" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, Huntsville, Alabama.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon - Signing at ColdWater Books as part of the Loving Locals Winter Author Festival, at 101 W. Sixth Street in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Signing at Barnes & Noble/Jones Valley from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 2750 Carl T. Jones Parkway in Huntsville, Alabama.
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Visiting the University School of Nashville, and speaking to students of children's literature at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - Visiting Providence Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Visiting Madison County Elementary School in Gurley, Alabama.
Monday, February 2, 2015 - Visiting Dawson Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama and West Madison Elementary in Madison, Alabama.
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Launch event for Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Branch, 915 Monroe Street, downtown Huntsville, Alabama.