Author Visits

Inspire Creativity

Hillary Dow, Maine fiber artist, author, illustrator

 

Some of the fondest memories I have from childhood include the occasions we had guests visit our school and present their stories and special gifts during a school assembly. I recall them so vividly. There was even a musical presentation by the Princeton Footnotes acapella singing group in the early nineties that strengthened my love of music. Fast forward to my current life story, and I am humbly honored to have a story and gifts to share with others.

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Virtual Visits

A logistically convenient and economical option for planning your author visit is to plan for a virtual visit via video web conferencing.

In-Person Visits

Bring the magic of Lichendia books to your audience with a live, in-person visit with Maine author, illustrator Hillary Dow.

Virtual Author Visits

With screens and a strong internet connection, the hosting organization may promote and coordinate the event so that many people may tune in for the author’s visit. We work together to schedule your event, choose the best format and content for your audience. You will also receive a hosting guide with recommended steps and tips to help you navigate and execute a successful virtual event. Learn more and book your live virtual visit today. Visits are held on Zoom.

A recording of your event may be purchased for an additional $50.
Additional children’s books and needle felting kits sold separately.

Upgrade to a Live In-Person Author Visit

Hillary will travel to your location for an event that will inspire and excite, entertain and ignite. We work together to schedule your event and choose the best format for your audience. You will also receive a hosting guide with recommended steps and tips to help you navigate and execute a successful author visit.

Pricing for in-person author visits is determined by the format of the visit (ember, spark, ignite‚ÄĒplease see the table above for more details), plus a travel fee based on the location of the host. Hillary is located in Lewiston, Maine. Pricing for travel within Maine is based on a distance grid in 25 mile increments.

Here are (partial) lists of Maine towns grouped by distance from the author’s hometown.

Author Visits Maine-25-mile-radius-of-Lewiston-Map

Towns within 25 miles
(partial list)

Lisbon
Durham
Gray
New Gloucester
Poland
Mechanic Falls
Sabattus
Poland
Mechanic Falls
Minot
Hebron
Oxford
Norway
Livermore
Turner
Greene
Monmouth
Gardiner, Bowdoin
Richmond
Topsham
Brunswick
Freeport
Casco

Author Visits Maine-50-mile-radius-of-Lewiston-Map

Towns within 50 miles
(partial list)

Bridgton
Naples
Waterford
Windham
Standish
Falmouth
Yarmouth
Portland
Scarborough
Hollis
Buxton
Cornish
Sebago
Damariscotta
Augusta
Manchester
Readfield
Mt. Vernon
Jay
Wilton
Limerick
Denmark
Sweden

Maine-75-mile-radius-of-Lewiston-Map

Towns within 75 miles
(partial list)

Waterville
Pittsfield
Madison
Kingfield
Phillips
Farmington
Freedom
Unity
Liberty
Jefferson
Windsor
Hallowell
Thomaston
Waldoboro
China
Skowhegan
Old Orchard
Kennebunk
Wells
York
South Berwick
Sanford
Arundel

 

 

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Contact Hillary to learn more and discuss booking your unique author visit.

Author Visits Positively Impact Literacy

A survey on author visits* revealed some amazing statistics:

91% of those who responded said author visits ‚Äúmotivate[d] students to read more‚ÄĚ
74% felt visits inspired ‚Äúcreativity and expression‚ÄĚ
68% believed visits ‚Äúmotivate[d] students to write more‚ÄĚ

The UK’s National Literacy Trust reported in June 2019 that students who had authors visit their schools:

Were twice as likely to read above the expected level for their age (31% vs 17%)
Were more likely to enjoy reading (68% vs 47%) and writing (44% vs 32%)
Were more likely to be highly confident in their reading (37% vs 25%) and writing (22% vs 17%)

 

* 2014 Author Visit Survey by Alexis O’Neill. Over 600 respondents in thirty-nine states and eight countries.

What Our Readers are Saying

We just read it for the first time and it’s just incredible.  They loved it.

The artwork is magnificent. If she makes another book, please buy us the first one!

-Shannon, mom and Morgan & Madelyn, age 6

Hillary Dow Felting Master Class Instructor fiber artist

Meet Hillary Dow

Hi, my name is Hillary Dow. I am the author, illustrator, and founder of Binding Tales. My books are illustrated with my wool creations. The woodland fairyland of Lichendia¬ģ is being brought to life by transforming the wool of sheep happily raised on Maine farms into needle felted works of art. With stories inspired by imaginative adventures in our home state of Maine, and drawing on talents throughout our creative economy, we‚Äôre bringing Lichendia¬ģ from farm to bookshelf. It is such a thrill and honor to inspire imagination and creativity in others. I look forward to connecting and sharing this creative journey with you!

Binding Tales Lichendia Hillary Dow

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