Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis, Circle Round Book Launch Party

Porter Square Books is delighted to be the bookselling partner for the launch of the third Circle Round book by Rebecca Sheir and illustrator Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley: The Great Ball Game! All 3 Circle Round books will be available for purchase, and you'll be able to get your book signed following the event.

Join us at WBUR CitySpace on Saturday, November 12 at 11am for a reading, live music with composer Eric Shimelonis, and an audience Q&A. Tickets are available on the WBUR website here:


About the Book

The Great Ball Game, a classic folktale originating from the Cherokee, Creek, Ojibway and Menominee people of North America, is adapted for a contemporary audience by Rebecca Sheir, host of the award-winning Circle Round podcast, and accompanied by the vibrant illustrations of Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist. A dispute between the animals and the birds over who is best leads to a ball game challenge. When the game is disrupted by the arrival of a tiny creature named Bat, who doesn't seem to fit on either team, all the participants learn the value of diversity and celebrating those who seem "different." The accompanying activities and prompts encourage children to develop their own storytelling skills.

About the Creators

Rebecca Sheir is the author of the Circle Round books The Tale of the Unwelcome GuestA Taste of Honey, and The Great Ball Game, and the host, writer, and producer of the Circle Round storytelling podcast. Distributed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station), Circle Round is heard in all 50 states and nearly 200 countries and has been featured in the New York TimesThe Washington Post, and TIME. Sheir has also brought thousands of stories to life as a news reporter on public-radio shows like Morning EditionAll Things ConsideredHere & NowThe Splendid Table, and Marketplace. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son.   
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley is an Ojibwe Woodland artist and a member of Wasauksing, First Nation. His fine art focuses on promoting and reclaiming Ojibwe stories and teachings, in a modern interpretation of the Woodland tradition. He resides in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. 

Event date: 

Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 11:00am

Event address: 

WBUR CitySpace
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
The Great Ball Game: How Bat Settles the Rivalry between the Animals and the Birds; A Circle Round Book By Rebecca Sheir, Joshua Pawis-Steckley (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635863437
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - November 8th, 2022

The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest: Nasruddin Teaches the Town a Lesson; A Circle Round Book By Rebecca Sheir, Mert Tugen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Sheir, Mert Tugen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781635863147
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 28th, 2022

A Taste of Honey: Kamala Outsmarts the Seven Thieves; A Circle Round Book By Rebecca Sheir, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Sheir, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781635864922
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 28th, 2022


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