Posted 11 Oct 2011
Author Darcy Pattison will discuss her latest children's book, "Prairie Storms" as part of "AETN Presents: On the Same Page" on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m.
"AETN Presents: On the Same Page" is part of AETN Arts Fridays, featuring world class arts and culture programming and locally produced series.
"Prairie Storms" gives children a front row seat into the harsh climate of the American prairie and how the animals that reside within it adapt to the ever-changing climate. Pattison focuses on a different prairie animal and habitat each month, showing how a prairie grouse surves the freezing snows of winer or how a lizard evades the brutal sun and heat of summer with realistic watercolor illustrations by Kathleen Reitz. Written in lyrical prose and complete with activities and quizzes, Pattison's book is both an educational and celebratory look into the great American prairies.
Pattison is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for her work in children's literature. She founded the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Arkansas Chapter, and actively serves as a speaker and judge for chapters throughout the nation. She is currently co-chair of the Children's Program for the Arkansas Literary Festival. Pattison's other works include "Nineteen Girls and Me" and "Searching for Oliver K. Woodman."
Tommy Sanders hosts.
Also on Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. will be PBS Arts from Seattle "American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty," presented in collaboration with PBS member station KCTS. In honor of Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band, chronicling the years leading to the band's formation, the chaos after their rise to mega-stardom, their step back from center stage and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them.
"AETN Presents: On the Same Page With Darcy Pattison" will repeat Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.
"AETN Presents: On the Same Page" features a variety of regional and national authors, such as McSweeny's writer Wells Tower, best-selling author Francine Prose, former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Jo McDougall, O Henry Award winner Kevin Brockmeier and young adult writer Trenton Lee Stewart.
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