Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This One's For the Kids!

To my young readers:

I want you to know that I love reading your letters and messages.  Keep them coming!

If you liked Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man, have questions about Part 2 (coming soon), want to tell me about your favorite part, or just want to say hello, send me a letter or a message!

You can send letters to:
Kumar Sathy, PO Box 2428, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2428

Or email (with permission from an adult, of course):
kumar@kumarsathy.com

I'm also on Facebook, so you can have a grown-up or an older brother or sister become a fan of my page.  I respond to wall posts and messages as often as I can and I LOVE hearing from my readers:
http://www.Facebook.com/KumarRSathy

Join me on GoodReads!  A lot of kids are joining GoodReads these days. It's a wonderful site where you can keep track of books you've read, want to read, or are currently reading.  You can also recommend books to friends, read book reviews, and, best of all, become my GoodReads friend!
I will try my best to keep up with requests for information from students interested in doing author studies.  Not many children's book authors are accessible enough to contact for school projects that require interviews, and having taught elementary school in the past, I want to do what I can to be a resource for kids interested in interviewing an author for a report!  This would be done by email or regular mail with a teacher or parent's permission.  Please don't be offended if I'm too busy to honor your request at the moment :-)
I look forward to hearing from all of you!
And please, keep reading.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing kids reading.  
-Kumar




Thank you, Sanford!

This totally made my day and I just had to make a public thank you.  Evidently, several teachers in Sanford, NC really loved my book.  They managed to spread the word about Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man, causing a local Sanford school supply store to decide to stock the title in an attempt to keep up with customer demand.

I love you, Sanford!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some Must-Read/View/Hear Stories

From NPR to the History Channel to bookstore bookshelves, I read, watch, and hear stories all the time that I absolutely love and want to recommend to others.  I'm not sure if I'll post these consistently on a weekly basis, but I'll give it a shot.

Still Alice, A Novel, by Lisa Genova
Having majored in Biopsychology undergrad, the fact that this author is a PhD in neuroscience was particularly appealing to me.  This book is about one woman's struggle with early onset Alzheimer's disease.  The topic was handled delicately with haunting simplicity.  Drop what you are doing and get this quick-read.  If you're anything like me, as painful as this story is, it will remind you of all the simple, neglected things that bring you great gratitude.

America: The Story of Us, a History Channel 12-Part Series
I chanced upon the episode called, Division, last night, and was mesmerized.  This series is truly a gem.  Just as in quality fiction, I experienced moment after painful moment of wanting to jump into the story and change the events that were about to occur, but history is history, and as difficult a pill as it is to swallow, its addictive effects are profoundly undeniable.  Add this to your DVR.  After this one episode, I have seriously considered purchasing the Book & DVD set.

Tracking a Sisterhood of Traveling Ants, an NPR Fresh Air Interview with Entomologist Mark Moffett
As a child, Mark discovered a powerful curiosity in all things ants.  As an adult, he braves stings, events you wouldn't discuss at a dinner table, and certain death just to get a little closer to these remarkable creatures, some of which construct highways and supercolonies home to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants.  The link has a remarkable image of tiny ants catching  a ride on top of a larger ant (which essentially serves as a school bus) to help preserve energy.  Myths about the role of the queen are elaborated upon and there is something eerily intriguing about this interview, which you should listen to in order to get the full effect that the article does not convey.  Just don't make the mistake I made of listening to it while eating soup filled with elongated brown spices floating around in the broth.  Trust me. 

-Kumar

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Join me on Goodreads!

I'm on Goodreads, and I'd love for you to see what I've been reading, but more importantly, I want book recommendations! What are the latest must-reads in contemporary fiction?

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