Gloria Houston

award winning author, lecturer and writing coach

What's new

Dr. Houston is again available for presentations.
Gloria Houston is available on a limited basis for author presentations to schools, libraries, and others. She is also available for writing workshops, based on her textbook, HOW WRITING WORKS, for teachers, students, and writing groups, as well as workshops about using the arts as learning tools across the curriculum, based on her arts textbook (unpublished). Please contact her at:

Ruthie's death at 99 years

Ruthie, age 99 years and 11 months, from THE YEAR OF PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE, died on 15 January 2014. She requested that in honor of her 100th birthday, her friends might donate 100 pennies or $1. to help pay off the national debt at: http:/​/​​paygov/​forms/​formInstance.html?agencyFormId=23779454.

Celebrating Ruthie's 100th Birthday and the 25th year of THE YEAR OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE in hardcover, available with the celebration seal and signed by the real Ruthie.

A few copies signed by Ruthie are still available for $35. each, plus shipping.

Celebrating Two Important Events 90th birthday portrait by Sandra Hite

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile (HarperCollins) is selected by the Bank Street College of Education, NYC, for its prestigious Best Children's Books of 2012 List

The new edition of LITTLEJIM is now available on both Kindle and Nook for downloading.

Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile

Gloria Houston has been named the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Author by the Federated Women's Clubs of North Carolina. She received the award at the FEWC-NC state conference in Greensboro in April.

A new larger edition of LITTLEJIM with teaching materials will be available on this webpage in May. they are currently available with an email to: authorhouston24@​ will also have LITTLEJIM in softcover and in downloadable format. Ask at your favorite bookstore, too.

Inquiries about starting a Young Writers Conference at your school should be directed to: authorhouston24@​ Written instructions for starting at any level are available.

Other out of print books and some new ones will soon be available on this website. If you have a favorite you would like to purchase, send an email to authorhouston24@​

Selected Works

a heartwarming story about a favorite librarian
A loving tribute to a very special teacher
a young adult novel about a mountain girl's courage during the civil war
Young adult novel about a young girl and the underground railroad
A heart warming Appalachian Christmas story
a young adult novel about a young man growing up with a stern father in a small rural community
A Christmas story featuring the popular Littlejim character
a young adult novel featuring a teenage Littlejim and his family's dramatic changes
Dr. Houston's first book about a young girl living through her brother's death

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