Saturday, May 21 12pm-2pm
PET POEMS release with Sean Petrie + Amanda Hoxworth

A celebration of poet Sean Petrie’s (of Typewriter Rodeo) and artist Amanda Hoxworth’s award-winning new release, PET POEMS — with live poems on-the-spot!
Join us for a reading and Q&A, followed by Typewriter Rodeo custom poetry by Sean. Hear a few Pet Poems and the story behind this pandemic-created collaboration, and get a free on-the-spot poem — about your pet, or about anything else!

Sean Petrie is an award-winning poet and author. His poetry books include Pet Poems (2022), Listen to the Trees (2020), and Typewriter Rodeo (2018).
His kids’ books include the Jett Ryder (2021) adventure-history series, as well as several educational books for Fountas & Pinnell.
Sean has an MFA in Writing for Kids from Vermont College and a law degree from Stanford. He teaches poetry workshops for kids & adults, and legal writing at the University of Texas Law School.
As a founding member of Typewriter Rodeo, Sean has written over 20,000 poems all across the country

Amanda Hoxworth enjoys throwing paint at paper, creating visual stories through watercolor, ink, paint splatter and colorful chaos. After a severe car accident in 2017, she never thought she’d paint again, let alone see her name on a book cover. But after several tentative steps, she is thrilled to be re-starting her art journey on a new path. Amanda absolutely loves pizza and lives in Austin with her husband and their three golden retrievers. More at @spatterfulchaos on Instagram.

CANCELED (to be rescheduled): Friday, May 20 7:00 – 8:30 K.A. Holt and Jenny Zeigler Book Release!

Join us for a celebration of K.A. Holt’s newest release for middle readers, THIS IS NOT A DRILL, and Jenny Ziegler’s recent release WORSER.
RSVP Please:


The first rule of lockdown: Find a safe place to hide.

Ava is having a really bad day. Her parents are getting divorced. She just had a big argument with her two best friends. And she forgot to charge her phone… again.

To top it all off, while she is hiding out in the bathroom over lunch, the alarm goes off for a lockdown drill. Ava knows the rules. She has to get herself into a classroom, turn the ringer off on her phone, lock the door, and cover the windows. But all of the rooms have already been locked from the inside and there is no one in the halls.

Pretty soon she realizes there is an intruder in the building. This isn’t a drill.

From the author of From Me to Youand House Arrest, comes this timely book that explores both the effect of school lockdown drills and the relatable struggles of modern middle grade friendship.

Kari Anne Holt is the award-winning author of many middle grade novels-in-verse including Ben Bee and the Teacher Griefer, Redwood & Ponytail, Knockout, House Arrest, and Rhyme Schemer. She is also the author of From You to Me, Gnome-a-geddon, and several other books for young readers, including I Wonder, a picture book illustrated by Kenard Pak. Kari Anne lives in Austin, TX.

And Jenny’s:

A bullied 12-year-old boy must find a new normal after his mother has a stroke and his life is turned upside down.

William Wyatt Orser, a socially awkward middle schooler, is a wordsmith who, much to his annoyance, acquired the ironically ungrammatical nickname of “Worser” so long ago that few people at school know to call him anything else.

Worser grew up with his mom, a professor of rhetoric and an introvert just like him, in a comfortable routine that involved reading aloud in the evenings, criticizing the grammar of others, ignoring the shabby mess of their house, and suffering the bare minimum of social interactions with others. But recently all that has changed. His mom had a stroke that left her nonverbal, and his Aunt Iris has moved in with her cats, art projects, loud music, and even louder clothes. Home for Worser is no longer a refuge from the unsympathetic world at school that it has been all his life.

Feeling lost, lonely, and overwhelmed, Worser searches for a new sanctuary and ends up finding the Literary Club–a group of kids from school who share his love of words and meet in a used bookstore– something he never dreamed existed outside of his home. Even more surprising to Worser is that the key to making friends is sharing the thing he holds dearest: his Masterwork, the epic word notebook that he has been adding entries to for years.

But relationships can be precarious, and it is up to Worser to turn the page in his own story to make something that endures so that he is no longer seen as Worser and earns a new nickname, Worder.

Jenny Ziegler is the author of several novels for young and young-at-heart readers, including Worser, Revenge of the Flower Girls, and How Not to Be Popular. She also serves as faculty co-chair of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. A native Texan of Mexican American heritage, Jennifer lives in Austin with her husband (and favorite author), Chris Barton, and their boss, a terrier mix named Ernie. When not teaching or creating books, Jennifer loves to visit schools, festivals, and conferences to lead workshops and presentations, urging readers and writers to recognize their own powers and use them for good.