Irene Latham



Irene Latham grew up eating tomatoes and watermelon fresh from her granddaddy's garden. Her first poetry picture book, Dear Wandering Wildebeast, earned two starred reviews and was a 2015 NCTE Notable Poetry Book. She is also the author of three poetry books for adults and two novels for children, Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. She lives with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.





1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Fresh Delicious

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Book Signing


Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmer's Market

Take a memorable trip to the farmers’ market in this playful collection of twenty-one poems that will inspire readers to look at fruits and vegetables—and the whole world—in new ways. In these fresh poems, okra are “mouse-sized swords stored in fuzzy sheaths.” Purple hull peas are canoes seating “green-cheeked dark-eyed passengers.” And watch out for blueberries! They burst in your mouth “like flavor-filled fireworks.” This celebration of the power and joy of poetry includes six recipes featuring the fruits and vegetables in the book.


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