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Sat, Oct 08


All She Wrote Books

Story Time w/Author & Illustrator of Miss Rita, Mystery Reader

All She Wrote Books presents Story Time with author Sam Donovan and illustrator Kristen Wixted, reading from their book "Miss Rita, Mystery Reader" on Saturday, October 8th!

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Story Time w/Author & Illustrator of Miss Rita, Mystery Reader
Story Time w/Author & Illustrator of Miss Rita, Mystery Reader

Time & Location

Oct 08, 2022, 10:00 AM

All She Wrote Books, 451 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145, USA

About the Event

All She Wrote Books presents Story Time with the author Sam Donovan and illustrator Kristen Wixted on Saturday, October 8th! 

They will read from their book Miss Rita, Mystery Reader at All She Wrote Books starting at 10:00am! Stick around after the reading for a craft activity related to the book and signing with the author and illustrator.

About Miss Rita, Mystery Reader:

In Sam Donovan, Kristen Wixted & Violet Tobacco's heartwarming picture book Miss Rita, Mystery Reader, 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 Author, Sam Donovan:

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.

About the Illustrator, Kristen Wixted:

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.

Event guidelines:

  • RSVP is encouraged, but not required.
  • Masks are required at all times during the event. 
  • Additional copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A signing will follow the readings.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or to request accessibility accommodations, please contact

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