Nov
6
10:00am10:00am

School Visit

Notre Dame des Victoires, San Francisco: I'm happy to be talking about the The Lost Celt to Grades 4-8 to support the school Book Fair. I'll be sharing my writing journey and some great Celtic and Roman history. (This event is not open to the public.)

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Oct
19
12:45pm12:45pm

"So You Want to Start Your Own Book Club?" Panel: NCIBA Discovery Show

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!

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The last book in the trilogy, Dragon Island, is in the works and should be completed early next year. 

The last book in the trilogy, Dragon Island, is in the works and should be completed early next year. 

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Jul
8
3:15pm 3:15pm

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.

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Mar
22
10:55am10:55am

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!

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Mar
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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Feb
4
10:15am10:15am

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!

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Dec
4
11:00am11:00am

"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.

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Nov
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

"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.

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Nov
5
11:00am11:00am

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.

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Oct
8
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Jun
2
11:15am11:15am

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.

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