Date: August 19, 2018
Place: Casco Public Library, Casco, ME
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Details: Library presentation
Ever wonder how to make a fantastical, magical, unusual story from a quiet part of your life? Join me to learn how I did that with my own book, and hear my tips on how you can do the same. Come ready to write–or just with an open mind–and use some castle inspiration for your story in this one-hour author talk and writing workshop. A reading and book-signing will be included. Ages 8 and up.
Date: September 15, 2018
Place: Barnes & Noble, Augusta, ME
Time: 1:00 pm
Details: Book signing, activities, and reading
Join me for a reading, chatting, and Lego castle building (!!!) at Maine’s only Barnes & Noble store. I’ll be pushing 13th century castle design to go with the book, and do the reading of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter with voices (of course!). This store is a champion of middle authors, and it’s going to be great fun to have an event there.
Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators
Date: September 28, 2018
Place: Morse Street School, Freeport, ME
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Details: Book signing and meet-and-greet
I’m honored to have been invited to join nErDcampNNE for its annual “Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators” this year. nErDcamp is a fantastic conference for educators who work with literacy and reading designed by those very educators who attend. I’ve always wanted to be a part of it since reading about the early ones in Michigan from educator superstar Colby Sharp, and I’m delighted that we have our own nErDcamp up here in northern New England. I can’t wait!
Ungendering Our Books: Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Middle Grade Fiction
Date: October 2, 2018
Place: Grand Summit, Sunday River in Newry, Maine
Time: 2:00 – 2:50 pm
Details: Maine Library Association 2018 Conference Presentation
Gender stereotypes are sadly present in many children’s books. For elementary and middle school students, such stereotypes can harmfully affect a child’s understanding of and tolerance for themselves and others. I made a deliberate choice to challenge gender stereotypes in The Mad Wolf’s Daughter: from characters to plot to cover art. In this presentation, I’ll discuss what makes middle grade books seem to take on the identity of “boy books” or “girl books,” and introduce new middle grade titles that challenge gender stereotypes and prevent these categorizations. I’ll also begin and then open a discussion of ways in which librarians might encourage students to read books that are seemingly for another gender, and help students understand that no book should be gendered at all. Participants will receive a book list, and will have the opportunity to purchase the titles described in the presentation from a vendor during the conference.
Date: September 22, 2018
Place: Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, ME
Time: 10:30 am
Details: Presentation and reading
Details to come!