Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River County Library are hosting children's author Terry Pierce for a reading on Saturday, July 5, at the Hood River County Library Story Book Theater from 11 a.m. to noon.
After the reading, Pierce will be signing books at Waucoma Bookstore from noon to 1 p.m.
Pierce will be reading from her new children's book "Blackberry Banquet." The book is a cumulative rhyming tale about forest animals who are feasting on a banquet of plump, sweet blackberries and get interrupted by a hungry bear.
"Blackberry Banquet" was inspired while berry-picking near Hood River, on one of Pierce's annual vacations to the area. She and her son would pick berries in her quest to bake the perfect blackberry pie.
Pierce is the author of seventeen children's books. A former Montessori teacher, Pierce now writes full-time, teaches children's writing workshops, and is a visiting author to elementary schools.
Pierce has lived in many parts of the United States, including Texas, New York, Washington and California. Growing up, she always loved the outdoors, whether she was making mud pies, swinging on vines, picking wild berries or being caressed by the branches of a dogwood tree as she bird watched.
Her love for books started early in life. She fondly remembers her first visit to a bookstore, where she got to choose her very own book to buy and keep ("The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss"-- which she still has). She liked reading all kinds of books and writing poetry in elementary school and even made her own "library" in her room.
Pierce has a bachelor's degree in early childhood development and an international A.M.I. teaching diploma. She was a pre-primary Montessori teacher, working with three to six year old children. She taught for 22 years before deciding to follow her dream of writing for children (what she calls "the best mid-life crisis ever!").
Pierce has been writing since 1999, with her work appearing in pet magazines, children's and parenting magazines, and the book market.