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ALA & the Schneider Family Award Ceremony!!! 

In June of 2023, Shannon attended the ALA conference in Chicago, IL, to accept the Schneider Family Book Award for Best Picture Book. It was a dream come true, as Shannon met three people without whom LISTEN would never have been: her agent, Allison Remcheck (and several other powerhouse agents, writers, and illustrators from Stimola Literary), her Random House editor, Jess, and her dear friend and immensely talented illustrator, Devon Holzwarth.


The storybook weekend was capped with a heartwarming luncheon, hosted by the Schneider Family Committee (the loveliest people!), and including all Schneider Award winners and honorees who were able to attend.


It was an event that will never be forgotten.




* Thursday, 7/20/2023 (6:00)

WHAT: Voice & Vision (see description below)

WHEN: Thursday, July 20 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm EST

WHERE: 21C Museum Hotel

                          700 West Main St. (downtown Louisville)

WHO: Probably best for teens through adults

Outstanding Lineup Announced for the Upcoming

July Edition of Voice & Vision


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 30, 2023) – Voice & Vision: Presented by Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing, The Louisville Review & 21c Museum Hotel will feature five notable writers and poets for the third edition of the popular annual summer reading series. It will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main St., in downtown Louisville.


The July program features writers Tara Anderson, Makalani Bandele, Lennie Hay, Michelle Tyrene Johnson, and Shannon Stocker. Hosted by Katy Yocom.


The evening will begin with an art talk from 21c’s Museum Manager Hunter Kissel who will speak about an assortment of portraits on exhibition including “Fragile Figures: Beings and Time.” 


This year marks the tenth season for this wonderful series which celebrates the interrelatedness of the area’s vibrant literary and visual arts community. We hope you’ll join us for this lively and free event which is open to the public, plus there will be complimentary light snacks and beverages.

* Saturday, 7/22/2023 (2:00 CST)

WHAT: Launch of Shannon's next picture book...


Shannon will read WARRIOR, do a brief presentation on what it takes to make a picture book, debut a new original song (to be sung by her very own brain cancer warrior, 14-year-old daughter Cassidy), welcome questions, raffle adorable book earrings, and more!

WHERE: Parnassus Books 

                           3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14

                           Nashville, TN 37215

WHEN:  Saturday, July 22 at 2:00 pm CST

WHO: Everyone! 

Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Shannon Stocker, author of the picture book, Warrior: A Patient's Courageous Quest!

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form here! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.)

* Saturday, 8/5/2023 (2:00 CST)

WHAT: WARRIOR signing and raffle (of adorable WARRIOR book cover earrings!)

WHERE: Carmichael's Bookstore

                           2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY 40206

WHEN:  Saturday, August 5 (time TBD)

WHO: Everyone! 

* Saturday, 8/19/2023 

WHAT: It's Deaf/deaf/hard-of-hearing day at the Louisville zoo! Shannon is excited to join this event for storytime, Q&A, book signing, and getting to know the kids in this special community. 

WHERE: Louisville Zoo

WHEN:  Saturday, August 19

WHO: This event is for the Deaf / deaf / hard-of-hearing community. Please visit the Kentucky Hands & Voices website for more details.

* Saturday, 9/16/2023 


Shannon will be speaking at the SWON Children's Literature Conference, a full-day regional event for library staff, educators, and anyone else who works with children or children’s literature. By combining the 27-year tradition of this event, Picture Book Read-In, with some of the methodologies handed down to them by the OKI Children’s Literature Committee, this new event will help reinvent and revitalize Children’s Literature training in their region.

The conference is designed to provide attendees with the latest information, resources, and best practices in children's literature and library services. In addition to Picture Book Read-In, a day-long binge-reading event that compiles hundreds of recent titles in one room, there will be a variety of break out sessions to choose from, covering a range of topics such as:

  • Children's literature selection and collection development

  • Storytime and programming ideas

  • Early literacy and childhood education

The conference will also provide attendees with the chance to meet and learn from prominent children's authors (like Shannon!) and other industry professionals.

WHERE: Florence, KY

WHEN:  Saturday, September 16

WHO: This event is for librarians, library staff, and educators. To register and/or view other events for the Swon Libraries Consortium, click here! 


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