Broadcasting from my own front room: I can't wait to read aloud via Skype to schools partcipating in #WorldReadAloudDay. So far I've had requests from California. Georgia and Nigeria! I don't think I could be more excited! My dad always read to me as a child, doing all the voices. He was brilliant. And my teacher Mrs Wilson, in elementary school, always read to her class for the last fifteen minutes of the school day, as did my Latin teacher Mr Preddy in secondary school. Those minutes were the best of the whole day: Children on the Oregon Trail, The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, The Silver Sword, The Odyssey, The Illiad and Winnie Ille Pooh (It was a Latin class!) Being read to creates readers, and thinkers and more compassionate people, I'm sure of it. And you are never too old to be read to.
Folio Books, 24th Street, San Francisco: I'm so happy to be invited to speak at the Book Worms book club about The Lost Celt, the history of Romans and Celts and how the book came about.
If you would like to book a ticket please book here at Eventbrite. It's open to the public!
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show, South San Francisco Conference Center: I'll be the "wild card" in a discussion about children's book clubs with Summer Laurie and Drew Durham from Books Inc, (Laurel Village and Burlingame) and Suzie Hough from Hicklebees. My Book Passage Book Club, Ink, is the only club where we write our own books as well as read and host authors. Should be interesting. Let the Wild Rumpus begin!
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!
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.
Presidio, SF: Not really The Lost Celt related, but wearing both my bookseller and author hats, I'll be moderating a panel on "Educator Outreach" for independent booksellers. I love this one day meeting. Spending time with authors, listening to reps pitch and meeting booksellers is a mini heaven!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sacramento: Excited to be at this lunchtime gathering of librarians from all over California during their annual conference to meet, greet and talk about The Lost Celt. For more information click here to go to the CLA website.
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.
IPS/PGW offices, 4th St, Berkeley: A wonderful opportunity to talk about The Lost Celt and my publisher, Goosebottom Books, to local independent booksellers. (Meeting not open to the public)
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA: I'm on the faculty for this intensive writing workshop weekend. Watch this space for more information.