Donna Bowman signing
King of the Tightrope
“Hello virtual TLA attendees. Welcome to my invisible signing line. Don’t shove, there are plenty of copies of King of the Tightrope to go around.
If you’re a librarian or classroom educator—howdy! I’m a huge fan of your work!
If I met you during my previous visit to your school, or if we go way back, virtually imagine a hug—you remember what those are, right?
If you were as nimble as The Great Blondin, you could leap into the virtual rafters and tightrope your way to the safety of the cloud-based food court. I know this because, during my nine-year journey with King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara, my extensive research revealed a French funambulist (aka tightrope walker) willing to test his skills in death-defying artistic feats. But not on a whim. The Great Blondin (a funambulist since childhood) learned that extraordinary tightrope feats required practical engineering, an understanding of basic physics, and sheer determination. He’s considered the greatest tightrope-walker in history because of his remarkable performances over the Niagara Gorge in 1859-1860—long before technology. Blondin proved that each of us can accomplish something extrordinaire if we’re willing to dream and to persevere. “– Donna Bowman