Jul
8
3:15 pm15:15

SCBWI LA: 46th Annual Summer Conference

M'Ladies of the Book: How to Grow a Healthy Critique Group: Proud to be presenting for the first time at this wonderful conference with Darcey Rosenblatt, Lost Boys, Henry Holt, August 2017, L B Schulman, Stolen Secrets, Boyds Mill Press, Sept. 2017, Elizabeth Shreeve, Captain Freddy Counts Down to School, Amazon Two Lions, Alie Berka and Shannon Ledger. Come and hear us celebrate our experiences, experiments and excellent moments growing and sustaining a critique group over 15 years.

Aug
14
Aug 18

Jump Start the Creative Process for Young Writers

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925: I'm teaming up with my long-time critique partner and friend, Darcey Rosenblatt, to offer a creative writing camp for young writers. Expect to write, have fun, drink Italian sodas and hopefully leave with that project started at last! 


May
11
10:15 am10:15

School Visit

Gate Academy, San Rafael: I'm going to be talking to grades 4 and up about The Lost Celt and particularly the writing and editing process to support their work looking at Children's literature. 

Mar
29
5:00 pm17:00

School Visit

Urban Promise Academy, Oakland: So happy to be returning to this wonderful school of "Scholars, warriors and artists," to present The Lost Celt.

Mar
22
10:55 am10:55

School Visit

Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael, CA:  I talk at Coleman School every year about the books that I love in their school book fair, but this is the first time I'll be visiting just to talk about my own book, The Lost Celt. Really looking forward to it!

Mar
15
8:30 am08:30

6th Annual March MG Madness Blog Visit

Wordspelunking.blogspot.com, March 15, 2017: Visit this blogspot on March 15 and you will see my guest post and giveaway. Very happy to be visting wordspelunking as part of the March MG Madness Blog extravaganza. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a St Patrick's Day flavor to the post.

Mar
2
6:00 pm18:00

Skype Visit for Read Across America Week

Sierra Lakes Elementary School, Riverside, CA: Thanks to Sierra Lakes' wonderful librarian, Ayrel Evans, I will be doing a "Meet an Author" Skype visit to children and parents gathering for the school's Read Across America Week celebration. I'll have to look out my Cat in the Hat hat! 

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Feb
28
12:30 pm12:30

School Visit

Old Mill School, Mill Valley, CA: I'm looking forward to returning to Old Mill to speak to both fourth grade classes about The Lost Celt and Roman and Celtic history.

Feb
4
10:15 am10:15

California School Librarians Association 2017 State Conference

Double Tree by Hilton, Sonoma, CA: Panel: Don't Skip MG for YA: Middle Grade Matters. I will be speaking with two of my favorite MG authors, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, Guardian Herd Series, click here to visit her website, and Jill Diamond, Lou Lou and Pearl and the Mural Mystery, click here to visit her website, on a subject very dear to my heart. Looking forward to it immensely!

Dec
9
10:30 am10:30

School Visit

Hidden Valley, San Anselmo, CA: I will presenting to the 4th and 5th grades and signing books to support their Book Passage school book fair.

Dec
7
6:30 pm18:30

School Book Fair

Redwood Day School, Oakland, CA: Looking forward to reading from The Lost Celt and signing books during their Book Fair Open House

Dec
4
11:00 am11:00

"Spirited Marin" Author Meet and Greet

Studio 333, 803 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA: Spirited Marin is a holiday market featuring beloved local institutions and craftspeople including Patagonia and Heath Ceramics. Participants donate to children's charities including Beyond Differences, Boys and Girls Clubs of Marin and Marin Advocates for Children. I'm happy to be appearing at an author meet and greet with Marin-based picture book authors, Bethanie Murguia, Kathryn Otoshi and Elizabeth Shreeve and fellow middle grade author, Jennifer Gennari. We will have giveaways, activities and will be signing books. Please come and join us.

Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

"Clams Book Club" Visit

Clams Book Club, Corte Madera. I'm looking forward to visiting a local book club and discussing The Lost Celt and the publishing process.  I hope they offer themed food…although we may end up with an interesting mixture of peppermints, gummis, sushi and lots of chips…remember Mikey says they're good for firing the brain. This event is not open to the public.

Nov
5
11:00 am11:00

California Reading Association 49th Annual Professional Development Institute

Visalia Convention Center 303 E. Acequia Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291: I will be talking on "Middle Grade Novels, the True Bridge to Hope: A Bookseller's Plea." Looking at using middle grade novels to build emotional literacy and looking at bestselling authors' experiences which argue against skipping Middle Grade for Young Adult Novels too early.

Oct
13
12:30 pm12:30

School Visit

A. E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, CA: Great fun talking to 5th and 6th graders about The Lost Celt,  particularly concentrating on Roman and Celtic history and the writing and editing process.

Oct
8
10:00 am10:00

San Rafael Litquake

4th Street San Rafael, 94901: I'm taking part in 3 events on the San Rafael Litquake Schedule this year. The entire event is free and starts at 10am at Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street. You can pick and chose which events you attend as they move through the day down 4th Street.

11.15-12pm: Dragon Mist Children's Fantasy Writers at Locks and Lollipops 1563 4th Street. Gifted young writers aged 8-13, from the INK book club that I facilitate, will be talking about and reading from Dragon Mist, the fantasy book we wrote as a team. Dragon Mist was published by Book Passage in December 2015 and was the store's top seller for Christmas! We'll also be selling and signing books. All proceeds go to The Giving Tree, providing books to children who have little access to reading materials.

12.30-1.30pm: Pints and Prose at The Mayflower Pub, 1533 4th Street. The Tuesday Night Writers will be reading from their own works and then opening the floor to open mic readers. Bring prose pieces no longer that 3 mins for the friendliest open mic in Marin.

3.00-415pm: Who is the Wickest of Them All? Yet Wah Restaurant 1238 4th Street. I'll be the moderator between Goosebottom Books Authors Janie Havemeyer and Natasha Yim Carter in costume as Catherine de Medici, the Black Queen and Cixi, The Dragon Empress. Children get to vote on whom they think is the most dastardly dame. I might throw in a few comments as Boudica the Celtic warrior queen who nearly chased the Romans out of Britain.

Sep
28
12:45 pm12:45

School Visit

St Hilary's, Tiburon, CA: I'll be presenting on The Lost Celt as part of the St Hilary's annual school book fair.

Jul
21
6:30 pm18:30

Writer's Forum Editor Panel

Petaluma Community Center: Petaluma, CA: As a member of the Writer's Forum editor's panel, I'll be answering questions on different editing styles and approaches.

Jun
4
Jun 5

Bay Area Book Festival

Find me in the Children's Book Area where I'll be sharing a booth with author Natasha Yim Carter. I look forward to selling you a book and shooting the breeze.

Jun
2
11:15 am11:15

School Visit

Hall Middle School, Larkspur: I'm excited to be speaking to the 6th graders about The Lost Celt,  especially as a few of them read early drafts of the book when they were much younger and all of them will recognize some of the references to their old elementary school. This event is not open to the public.

Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

A Great Good Place for Books: Pizza Party

A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle AvenueOakland, CA 94611: Did the Celts eat pizza? I'll be talking about and reading from The Lost Celt at this fabulous indie bookstore and there'll be real Celtic pizza! Come and enjoy sorting out fact from fiction.

May
23
1:00 pm13:00

School Visit

Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa, CA, 95403:  Looking forward to talking to the sixth graders about the writing process. This is not a public event.

May
13
3:30 pm15:30

School Visit

Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga. CA: I'm looking forward to a "meet and greet reception," answering questions as part of an authors' panel, talking with students from some local elementary schools and signing books. 

May
13
8:45 am08:45

School Visit

Sterne School, San Francisco: I'll be talking to 4th, 5th and 6th graders about The Lost Celt and the writing process. I can't wait. This event is not open to the public.

May
9
May 12

School Visit

Ross School, Ross CA: Happy to be calling in throughout the week to talk to the 4th and 5th grade classes about what inspired me to become a writer and the inspiration for The Lost Celt.

Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Get Lit!

Get Lit! Reading Series, Corkscrew Wine Bar, 100 Petaluma Blvd North #103, Petaluma, CA. I'll be reading. (This reading series is geared to adult fiction and is not suitable for children. I firmly believe adults need to hear children's fiction, however;0))