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THE BRILLIANT CALCULATOR: HOW MATHEMATICIAN EDITH CLARKE HELPED ELECTRIFY AMERICA

Thank you, Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase, MD, for a wonderful School Visit on December 1, 2023, to talk about Edith Clarke and THE BRILLIANT CALCULATOR!

                                                                

 

THANK YOU, NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL, FOR NAMING THE BRILLIANT CALCULATOR TO THE 2024 BEST STEM BOOKS AWARD LIST!

Blog and Podcast Visits to Talk About THE BRILLIANT CALCULATOR: HOW MATHEMATICIAN EDITH CLARKE HELPED ELECTRIFY AMERICA

Thank you to the NERDY BOOK CLUB for inviting me to talk about research on Edith Clarke!

https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2023/02/07/finding-the-person-behind-the-achievement-the-wow-of-research-by-jan-lower/

Thank you to Deborah Kalb! Learn more about my process in writing about Edith Clarke in an Interview with writer Deborah Kalb (March 16, 2023):

https://deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com/2023/03/q-with-jan-lower.html

For writer Beth Anderson’s blog on March 31, 2023, I dove “Behind the Scenes”:

https://bethandersonwriter.com/2023/03/31/behind-the-scenes-making-the-moment-of-a-calculators-invention-relatable-for-kids-by-jan-lower/

Thank you to Nick Patton for a wonderful interview on April 12, 2023, to talk about Edith Clarke on THE PICTUREBOOKING PODCAST:

https://picturebooking.com/jan-lower-the-brilliant-calculator/

 

A SONG FOR THE COSMOS: BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON AND VOYAGER’S GOLDEN RECORD

At the Launch for A SONG FOR THE COSMOS in the Children and Teens Department at Politics and Prose Bookstore (Connecticut Avenue) Washington, D.C., September 29, 2022.

Talking about Johnson’s life and music, the Voyager space crafts, and the Golden Record. Wonderful questions from the crowd!

Thrilled to be signing!

 

THANK YOU to the CHILDREN’S BOOK COMMITTEE of BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION for naming A SONG FOR THE COSMOS: BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON AND VOYAGER’S GOLDEN RECORD as one of the BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS of 2022!

 

Other Work…

Where stories take place can be significant, especially if the location is unfamiliar, away from the usual—and even possibly magical. I’ve written about the potential for a certain kind of setting in The ALAN Review: “The ‘Necessary Wilderness’: Liminal Settings for Adolescent Emotional Growth in Four Novels by David Almond.” The article includes ideas about how teachers, workshop leaders, and students can find such settings in the everyday world.

Look for my upper middle grade short stories in Hunger Mountain Review and the literary magazine, The Wax Paper.

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