Join us in-person for a heartwarming storytime with Massachusetts authors Sam Donovan and Kristen Wixed. Sam is known as a fashion designer and was a runner-up on Project Runway: Under the Gunn, and took 4th place on Season 5 of Project Runway: All Stars. Kristen is known for writing charming picture books and middle grade novels. During this event Sam and Kristen will read their new picture book MISS RITA, MYSTERY READER, about a young kid who can’t wait to show off their Dad’s drag queen alter ego, Miss Rita, at their school storytime. This fun and relatable family story celebrates drag queens, reading, and self-acceptance, teaching every kid to let their sparkle shine! Boston based drag performer Candace Persuasian will be at the storytime lip syncing to kid-favorite songs! Kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite outfits.
If you cannot make the event but would like a signed book from Sam and Kristen, order it below by May 2nd and include the name of the person you would like the book inscribed to in the "order comments" when checking out.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this heartwarming picture book, Tori can’t wait to show off Daddy’s drag queen alter ego, Miss Rita, at school story time. But will the other kids love Miss Rita like Tori does?
Daddy is the Mystery Reader at Tori’s school today, and he’s coming dressed as Miss Rita! Tori helps Daddy gloss, glitter, glamour, and glimmer to get ready. It takes time—because sparkle is serious business!
Tori loves helping Daddy become Miss Rita. But will the other kids at school love Miss Rita like Tori does? Luckily, a last-minute idea helps Daddy and Tori find a way to make story time sparkle for everyone.
This heartwarming and relatable family story celebrates drag queens, reading, and self-acceptance, teaching every kid to let their sparkle shine! And it includes back matter providing an overview of drag performance.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Sam Donovan is a fashion designer who loves color, print, and texture. If you’re a fan of Project Runway, Sam’s name might be familiar to you—he was the runner-up on Project Runway: Under the Gunn, and took 4th place on Season 5 of Project Runway: All Stars. He regularly designs clothes for drag performers, and hopes something he's designed inspires you to smile. He lives in Massachusetts.
Kristen Wixted writes picture books and middle grade novels. She’s the co-editor and general force behind the illustrated children’s poetry anthologies published by The Writers’ Loft Press, An Assortment of Animals and Friends and Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. She is also an experienced Mystery Reader who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, a dog, and a cat. In her spare time she can be found in her flower garden, which she is pretty sure is inhabited by magical creatures. Find her at kristenwixted.com.
Candace Persuasian comes from the diverse Boston Drag Scene. With the help of her drag mentors and those who came before her, she went from doing open shows at machine to performing frequently at places like Jacques and Carrie Nation. When Candace isn’t performing, she helps navigate the trans and gender non-conforming folks with gender affirming surgeries through Mass General Hospital. She hopes that her performances continue to inspire and remind those who may feel lonely that they are loved.