ASK Author: Bessie Smith and the Night Riders

Today TWICE is hosting a new ASK program with Sue Stauffacher on her new book, Bessie Smith and the Night Riders.

Sue is a wonderfully funny author and students really enjoy her books. One of my classes participating today was signed up for ASK Author: Donuthead in March, and the students enjoyed the book so much they wanted to read another of her books. So here they are today.

Here are some of the questions from today.

  • Bessie Smith is a blues singer. Are you a fan of the blues and who are your favorite blues singers?
  • In the book, Bessie is dressed up with fancy clothes. Did she really dress like that? Sue had great pictures to show when answering this question.
  • If you were a character in the book, would you be like the girl who stood behind Bessie or would you be like the boys who ran away?
  • Are the songs in the story real, and how did you choose them?
  • Are there other events in Bessie’s life that you considered writing a story about?
  • What was Bessie Smith’s favorite place to perform?

Sue Stauffacher loves the ASK program because of the depth of questions and discussion with the students.

By the way, there are still openings in the some TWICE ASK sessions with Sue in March if you want to join us!

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