STEPLINGS NAMED TO TOP 40 LIST OF NOVELS FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES
May 10, 2012
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association just named Steplings to the Top 40 list of novels for school libraries. Their reviewer Jill Toye notes that “Readers will fall in love with the characters and this book deserves wide readership.”
CW SMITH'S LATEST NOVEL FEATURES A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT AND HIS KNOW-IT-ALL STEPSISTER
Jan 11, 2012
It features as its main character, Jason Sanborn, who finds himself lost after dropping out of high school two months shy of graduation. Read more >
CW SMITH APPEARING AT THE PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
Jan 4, 2012
Smith will be appearing at the annual meeting of The Philosophical Society of Texas in Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Adolphus Hotel. He will be on a panel about writing in Texas, and his contribution is titled “Texas is the place but not the purpose.” He will also be signing copies of Steplings and Purple Hearts following the panel discussion.
CW SMITH'S COMMENTS ABOUT STEPLINGS IN GUILD'S MAGAZINE
Nov 20, 2011
Smith's comments about young adult books and Steplings made it into Campbell
Geeslin’s column “Along Pubisher’s Row” in the new issue of the Guild’s magazine and website. " Read more >
CW SMITH'S BOOK LAUNCH STEPLINGS AT THE DEGOLYER LIBRARY
Sept 29, 2011
Friends, family, ex-students and colleagues of C.W. Smith packed into the Degolyer Library's Stanley Marcus Reading Room Thursday night for the launch of his latest novel "Steplings."Read more >
CW SMITH SIGNS STEPLINGS AT THE TCU BOOKSTORE
Sept 30, 2011
The TCU Bookstore hosted the author's signing of his new book, Steplings. View photographs of the event below.
SMU’S DEGOLYER LIBRARY PUBLISHES SMITH'S SPEECH
September 12, 2011
Russell Martin, director of SMU’s DeGolyer Library has published Smith’s speech upon accepting the Lon Tinkle Award for “sustained excellence in a career” from the Texas Institute of Letters. Smith’s speech focused on his meeting Tinkle. The publication, part of the DeGolyer Library’s “Keepsake” series, has a foreword by Martin and Marshall Terry about Tinkle and Smith.
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
September 12, 2011
C.W. Smith will be among the writers featured at this year’s Texas Book Festival on Oct. 22-23. He will appear on a panel with Sarah Bird, Jane Isay, and Mary Helen Specht talking about adolescence in novels. He will be available at the Festival’s “signing tent” to inscribe his new novel,Steplings, and he will also be available at the Texas A & M consortium’s booth for signings.
NEW NOVEL STEPLINGS TO ARRIVE
C.W. Smith's new novel, Steplings, comes out in September 2011. Watch the book trailer.
LAST CLASS OF MY LIFE
May 2, 2011
Later today I'll step into a classroom and hold the last class of my decades-long teaching career in universities. I want to thank all my students for being there over the years. People keep asking me how I feel about retiring from teaching, and I keep sorting through my inward responses to the question. What stands out, at last, is this: that nobody ever had a better job. When you teach in a university setting, you're your own boss; when you're fortunate as I have been to teach only what students want to learn (an elective, in other words), you get to presume that the chairs are filled by people who are present voluntarily; when you teach reading and writing, you get to discuss important things with smart young people, regularly, day in day out, week in week out; you feel respected and appreciated; you have the parental pleasure of sending "children" out in the world to make their lives, and often they keep in contact so that you're left with a sense of great continuity as they grown and change. But the most important thing I feel is that when my students are in my class they're on their best behavior and they are as smart as they can be, and when I'm there I'm on my best behavior, too, and I'm never smarter than when we're all together talking about something that matters. So for decades, I've had the pleasure of regularly immersing myself in situations a half dozen times a week where I and the people I'm with are at our very best. The result is that I feel that I've spent my life doing something honorable, something that has elevated me and those with me, something that has enriched us both. What better way could you spend your adulthood?
CW SMITH NAMED WINNER OF THE 2011 LON TINKLE AWARD