Mackin Educational Resources Sponsors Launch of New Kate DiCamillo Book

Holy bagumba! Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo is introducing readers to a new novel in September, and fans of all ages are already buzzing with excitement. Tickets for the launch party are available now but are expected to sell quickly.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. - July 31, 2013 - PRLog -- Mackin Educational Resources proudly supports activities which engage students in reading and writing as part of its commitment to encouraging literacy among young people. One of those upcoming events is the national launch of Kate DiCamillo’s new book Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013, Candlewick Press). Students, parents, educators, librarians, school administrators, and book lovers are invited to attend the celebration.

Kate DiCamillo: The Illuminated Adventures is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at the Fitzgerald Theater ( in St. Paul, Minnesota. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the event starting promptly at 7:00 pm. The program will consist of a special interview with DiCamillo conducted by Cathy Wurzer of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), a reading from the new book, a time for questions from children in the audience, and a book signing. Copies of Flora and Ulysses will be available at the event as well as copies of DiCamillo’s other titles. (To have a personal copy of a book from home signed, attendees must also purchase a book at the event.)

Young people have the opportunity to be part of this special event by creating 30-60 second video commercials promoting Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Selected submissions will be shown at the event, with the creators receiving autographed first editions of the new book. Video submissions must be sent to by September 16, 2013. Only MPEG, WMV, or QuickTime formats will be accepted. Full details may be found at (

Tickets for general seating are available from the Fitzgerald Theater Box Office ( and from Ticketmaster ( Tickets for children under 12 years old are only $8.00, and tickets for those 13 years and older are only $15.00. Kate DiCamillo: The Illuminated Adventures is expected to sell out quickly.

This book launch is sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources, Star Tribune, Candlewick Press, Fitzgerald Theater, Folkmanis Puppets, and Pearson’s Candy Company. Watch the Star Tribune for an upcoming contest to win front-row seats and the opportunity to be first in the autographing line.

About Mackin Educational Resources

Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials to PK-12 schools for 30 years. Known for its high commitment to customer care and customization, Mackin provides print books, eBooks, online databases, audiobooks, video resources and more to schools across the country and around the globe. Learn more about Mackin Educational Resources by visiting or contacting them at 800-245-9540 – where every phone call is always answered in person and true customer service still exists.

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