Join us for some exciting FREE events to celebrate the May 4th release of 30,000 STITCHES! #30000StitchesVirtualTour
Tuesday, April 27th: Launch @The Silver Unicorn 7:00-8:00 PM EST Almost 20 years have passed, but we have not forgotten. Months away from the 20-year anniversary of the terror attacks of Pennsylvania, New York City, and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, we're proud to launch Amanda Davis' new, inspiring picture book 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag. To make this virtual launch even more special, Amanda will be joined by Carolyn and Denny Deters, staff members of the National 9/11 Flag Tour, and Jeff Parness, founder and chairman of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. This isn't just another book launch: this is a special evening to reflect on the resilience and hope that came from real people after our national tragedy. Preorder a SIGNED copy of 30,000 STITCHES from The Silver Unicorn on or before May 4th. If you would like a personalized message, please include the name and message in the "comments" when checking out on the website.
Tuesday, May 4th (Book Birthday!) @ An Unlikely Story Bookstore Virtual School Visit Event 10:00 AM EST
Join us for a remarkable virtual event with local author and teacher Amanda Davis, who is launching her new children's book 30,000 STITCHES: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE NATIONAL 9/11 FLAG. Just in time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, this heartfelt tale will stitch together the hearts of readers, just as the pieces and threads of the flag were stitched by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims. Each coming together to remember, to heal, and to unite. During the event, Amanda will present her book in an educational presentation and answer audience questions. This presentation is perfect for ages 5-8, and students, teachers, and parents everywhere are welcome to tune in. Save your spot in the free event below.
Amanda is personalizing copies of her book 30,000 STITCHES ordered from An Unlikely Story on or before May 4th. If you would like a personalized copy, please include the name of the person you would like your book inscribed to in the "order comments" when checking out on our website.
Thursday, May 6th: Grubbie Debut Series w/Porter Square Books & Grubstreet Boston 7-8:00 PM EST
Join GrubStreet student Amanda Davis for the virtual launch of Amanda's debut picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag. Amanda will be joined in conversation by fellow picture-book author Valerie Bolling, with a special appearance by illustrator Sally Wern Comport. This event is free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast in partnership with Grubstreet.
Saturday, May 22nd: Massachusetts Book Bites: Boston Book Festival 4-5:00 PM EST
On May 22, 2021 at 4pm, the Boston Book Festival is teaming up with Massachusetts Center for the Book for another bonanza day of local literature, featuring authors from across the Commonwealth, in all genres, introducing readers to their latest books in a fast-paced series of bite-sized videos. We collaborated on the first Mass Book Bites in November 2020, and we had so much fun we’re doing it again! Thank you to Massachusetts Center for the Book and Massachusetts Cultural Council for their support of this event! The full lineup for this spring’s celebration of local lit is below; check out the links to purchase their books on Bookshop.org (a portion of your purchase benefits the BBF!) and sign up to register for this fun and free virtual event!
Sunday, May 26th @ Blue Bunny Books and Toys: 30,000 STITCHES Memorial Day Virtual Event
As we draw closer to Memorial Day 2021 and the 20th anniversary of the events of 9/11, The Blue Bunny Bookstore welcomes author Amanda Davis for a virtual event to share her new book for children, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag. Amanda will be in conversation with retired FDNY firefighter and Flag Tour Honor Guard, Jim Sands.
Discover the inspiring story of the American flag that flew over Ground Zero, traveled across all fifty states as it was repaired, and returned to New York as a restored symbol of unity. In the days following September 11th, a 30-foot American flag hung torn and tattered at 90 West Street, across from Ground Zero. A few weeks later, the flag was taken down by a construction crew and tucked away in storage, where it stayed for nearly seven years. The flag was brought out of storage in 2008 when the New York Says Thank You Foundation headed to Greensburg, Kansas, a town nearly destroyed by a tornado. NYSTY brought the flag with them, sparking a grassroots restoration effort that traveled over 120,000 miles across all fifty states, bringing together thousands of people, and helping America heal and rebuild . . . hand by hand, thread by thread, one stitch at a time.
This book is the story of that journey, a journey that ended at the opening of the National September 11 Museum, where the flag remains today. Along the way, the flag was restored using pieces of retired flags from every state—including a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on after he was shot at Ford's Theater and threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag, which flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The pieces and threads were stitched in by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims, among others. At each stop, communities came together to remember, to heal, and to unite.
This picture book, beautifully illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, is appropriate for both children of all ages and adults. NOTE: This is a virtual event! All registered guests will receive an email with Zoom log in details.