TIM MYERS (author of Tanuki's Gift; Basho and the Fox; and Basho and the River Stones) is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and lecturer at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area.  Read aloud on NPR, his Basho and the Fox was a New York Times bestseller and Smithsonian Notable Children’s Book; his Tanuki’s Gift earned an excellent boxed review in the New York Times and is a Nick Jr. Magazine “Book of the Year” for 2003.  He has three new children’s books coming out (Candlewick, Wordsong), has published over 100 poems, won a poetry contest judged by John Updike, and has a chapbook coming out from Pecan Grove Press.  He also has articles in Media Ethics and New York State History, recently placed stories with The Indy Men’s, MacGuffin, ELF, and The Bryant Literary Review, won a prize in an international speculative-fiction contest, and has published much other fiction and non-fiction for adults and children.  Tim has been a professional storyteller for over 20 years, and has stories from all around the world.

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