On May 20th, 2011, I had the privilege of appearing on the Today show since Words in the Dust was chosen for Al Roker's Book Club for Kids.
This is a compilation of videos I shot during my time in Afghanistan. It's running with an interview I did with the Minnesota Military Radio Hour.
This short video was shot a great distance away from some old Soviet landmines that my fellow soldiers and I rigged for exploding in Afghanistan. We wanted to get rid of the mines so that they couldn't be used to hurt anyone. The explosion may seem small on this video since it was filmed from so far away, but I promise it was a big boom!
Here are two parts of an interview I did with my editor Cheryl Klein in which we discuss Words in the Dust. Dig that sweater vest!
The first time I visited Scholastic headquarters in New York City, I had the chance to do this interview about Words in the Dust.
The best part of my time in Afghanistan was the chance to hand out toys and candy to the kids. In this video clip, I give a Superman action figure to an Afghan boy. Since the boy had likely never heard of Superman, I thought it best to explain some of the superhero's powers
A fan of Words in the Dust made this fun video about the book.
This is a swell video about Words in the Dust The music is composed and performed by JT Thompson, a former Army Ranger, a great soldier with whom I had the honor of serving in Afghanistan.
My good friend, author Meghan Nuttall Sayres made an appearance at Spokane's wonderful Tinman Too (http://tinmantoo.com/) bookstore. She promoted her great novel Anahita's Woven Riddle which you can purchase here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780810995482
It was a fun day, and Meghan showed us how to drink tea Persian style. This video shows me drinking tea the way Meghan showed me. It was kind of a funny experience.
On May 20th, 2011, I had the privilege of appearing on the Today show since Words in the Dust was chosen for Al RokerÕs Book Club for Kids. You can watch the segment at the link below:http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42093635/ns/today-books/#.TmK9NXOl0rQ
Al Roker even took a moment to pose for a picture with me after our segment.
On May 24, 2012 I was honored to travel to New York City to receive a Christopher Award for Words in the Dust
A sign for the Christopher Awards before a view from the 35th floor of the Mutual America Building
Music by K.Q.Essar
This is a short musical clip performed on a traditional Afghan instrument called a rabab for the audiobook version of Words in the Dust. Learn more about the rabab, Kevin Qais Essar, and the rest of the audiobook process in the audiobook section of the Words in the Dust page or on his website www.therabab.com
Music by JT THompson
This is a song written and performed by JT Thompson, a former Army Ranger and a great soldier with whom I served in Afghanistan. He's a talented musician and can play a mean guitar. A great guy who understands what the mission in Afghanistan is all about, he wrote this song after reading Words in the Dust. You can learn more about Thompson and his music at: http://www.jtthompsononline.com