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Appearances at Schools, Community Reads, and Libraries

Speaking without notes, Charles J. Shields kept an audience of over 200 mesmerized for more than an hour as he brought author Harper Lee vividly to life. While not a typically edge-of-your-seat topic, Mr. Shields enthralled the audience with a story full of suspense and drama. A pin dropped, and I heard it. — Ray Dickinson, Director, Cocoa Beach Public Library

The students adored Charles and his talk. — Winona Seigel, The Commonwealth Governor’s School, Stafford, VA

We continue to receive wonderful comments on your program. So many people love the book20160420_103912
and film of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and your stories and knowledge of it all, made it so much better
.— Patti Portnowitz, Director, Brevard County Libraries, FL

Your talks have created quite a buzz around here. Everyone compliments you on what a great job you did. You really made our “Peoria Reads The Big Read” a success this year. You will be highly and fondly thought of around Peoria for years to come. — Roberta Koscielski, Associate Director, Peoria Public Library

Thank you so much for joining our four towns in Fairfield, CT over the weekend. You gave all four communities a greater insight into Nelle Harper Lee… We really appreciated your humor, and your easy-going ways. — Geraldine Katz, Grants Coordinator at City of Stamford, CT

How to Get Shields to Come to You

If you’d like to engage Shields as a speaker— or you’re a journalist working on deadline VCCV05P15_12Fand need an assist— use the contact form below, and you’ll receive an answer, usually the same day.

In 2015, Shields was mentioned on 10 blogs; interviewed by 53 radio and television commentators, including CNN, MNSBC, Diane Rehm, NPR, BBC News, KCRW, and BookTV; and quoted in 300 newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Republic.

Upcoming Appearances

The Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, AL April 26, 2016 – 5:00 pm
Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL, April 27 – Noon
Square Books Oxford, MS,  June 7, 2016 – 5:00 pm
Turnrow Books Greenwood, MS  on June 8 – 5:30 pm
Community Book Talk Clarksdale, MS  on June 9 – 5:30 pm

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