DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Flexible dates. Please note: Susan lives in Steamboat Springs, so please be cognizant of her travel time she'll need to get to your school. Please provide possible dates and select a morning or afternoon slot.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Cunningham lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys science nearly as much as writing: she’s traveled to the bottom of the ocean via submarine to observe life at hydrothermal vents, camped out on an island of birds to study tern behavior, and now spends time in an office analyzing data on wool apparel. She blogs about writing and science.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Crow Flight
Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even designs programs to decide what to eat and how to spend her time. All that changes when she’s paired with a new transfer student, Felix, on a computer modeling assignment to explain certain anomalies in the behavior of crows. As she enters Felix’s world and digs further into the data behind crow behavior, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. And the wrong decision could equal disaster squared…
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45 minutes, plus booksigning. In her talk "From Science to Storytelling," Susan shares how her adventures in science fuel her novels. She shares her favorite writing tips (including 'a little at a time,' and 'make rejection the goal') and gives insight to the science behind CROW FLIGHT, touching on the incredible intelligence of crows and the fascinating world of computer modeling.
Susan can tailor her presentation to the needs of the school. Other topics include: Crafting the Creative College Essay; Exploring Flocking Behavior with NetLogo.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Middle school and High school; Grades 7-12
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
AT least 50 students, hopefully more!
Computer/laptop with PowerPoint, projector, projector screen, microphone if more than 30 students. Bottle of water.
PROMOTING & PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefully read: What an Author Visit is All About.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS/FAMILIES/ETC. WHO WISH TO BUY BOOKS AND PAY FOR THEM WITH A CREDIT CARD
Link to share with students and their families to buy the author's books and pay with a credit card:
- FYI: There are instructions in the link above for the purchaser, which includes the fact that the purchaser must print the confirmation email out and show it to you.
- DO NOT give a book to someone unless they show you their printed online confirmation OR you verify the order has been placed by checking the Online Ordering spreadsheet we’ll be sharing with you. (If the order doesn’t appear, email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can keep watch for an order from them and alert you.)
- Tattered Cover keeps track of all online orders.
- DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.