Coming Events

Author Talk

Date: January 9, 2019

Place: Marshall Greene Middle School, Birch Run, MI

Details: Skype Presentation

I’ve been delighted to take part in #KidsNeedMentors, an initiative in which middle grade authors are connecting with classrooms all over the country. And my mentor match is the 6th grade at Marshall Greene Middle School, a group led by the wonderful Mrs. Paquette. We’ve seen each other on FlipGrid, but this will be our first real chat! I’m looking forward to finally meeting these students!

Author Talk

Date: February 1, 2019

Place: West Woods Upper Elementary School, Farmington, CT; Sablatura Middle School, Pearland, TX

Details: Skype Presentation

These will be my presentations for World Read Aloud Day!

School Visit

Date: March 6, 2019

Place: Great Falls School, Gorham, ME

Details: Author presentation

I’ll be visiting this school in person for a live presentation for 4th and 5th graders. It will be such fun to be before a crowd!

School Visit

Date: March 15, 2019

Place: Spruce Mountain Middle School, Jay, ME; and Farmington schools

Details: Author presentations

At last, I will be presenting to schools in Jay and Farmington, Maine. These were live visits that I had to postpone the previous school year due to illness. I’m looking forward to meeting these students at last!

Launch Party

Date: March 16, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Place: Freeport Community Library, Freeport, ME

Details: Reading and presentation

Join me to celebrate the publication of my second book, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter. I’m still planning details, but this will be a chance to hear me read from it, and to get your own personalized signed copy.

Bookstore Appearance

Date: March 24, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Place: Silver Unicorn Books, Acton, MA

Details: Author Event

I’ll be part of an event on this day, the one-year anniversary of Silver Unicorn Books, with fellow middle grade authors Rebecca Caprara, Susan Tan, Susan Lubner and Anna Staniszewski. Can’t wait!

Author Talk

Date: April 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Ivan O. Davis-Liberty Library, Liberty, ME

Details: Reading and presentation

Here’s the blurb for this event: From Acadia National Park to the Scottish Borders, Maine author Diane Magras has always found her inspiration in natural and historical worlds. Both Maine and Scotland influenced her middle grade adventure The Mad Wolf’s Daughter (a New York Times Editors’ Choice) and its companion book The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter. Join her to hear more about how these books came to be and the castles this author loves—and to create your own early medieval castle! A reading and book-signing will be included. Ages 7 and up.

Author Talk

Date: April 13, 2019

Time: TBA

Place: Norway Memorial Library, Norway, ME

Details: Reading and presentation

And here’s this event again, this time in Norway: From Acadia National Park to the Scottish Borders, Maine author Diane Magras has always found her inspiration in natural and historical worlds. Both Maine and Scotland influenced her middle grade adventure The Mad Wolf’s Daughter (a New York Times Editors’ Choice) and its companion book The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter. Join her to hear more about how these books came to be and the castles this author loves—and to create your own early medieval castle! A reading and book-signing will be included. Ages 7 and up.

Conference Appearance

Date: April 25, 2019

Time: TBA

Place: Augusta, ME

Details: Maine Reading Round Up Conference

With Jill O’Connor (Merrill Memorial Library), I’ll be presenting at the Maine Reading Round Up Conference an interactive panel called “Not Just ‘Great for Girls’: Activities to Challenge Gender Stereotypes in the Library”. Jill and I are cooking up some cool ideas! We can’t wait to share them.

Author Talk

Date: April 27, 2019

Time: TBA

Place: Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, ME

Details: Reading and presentation

And a reprise for Yarmouth: From Acadia National Park to the Scottish Borders, Maine author Diane Magras has always found her inspiration in natural and historical worlds. Both Maine and Scotland influenced her middle grade adventure The Mad Wolf’s Daughter (a New York Times Editors’ Choice) and its companion book The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter. Join her to hear more about how these books came to be and the castles this author loves—and to create your own early medieval castle! A reading and book-signing will be included. Ages 7 and up.

School Visit

Date: May 10, 2019

Place: Northeast Harbor Library, Northeast Harbor, ME

Details: Workshops and presentation

I love visiting libraries and schools on my hometown island, Mount Desert Island, so this will be quite the treat. I’ll be holding workshops for the 7th and 8th grade and a presentation for 5th and 6th.

Past Events

November and December: I presented on Skype these two months, which I love to do! I don’t have a lot of flexibility for live visits, sadly (the consequence of having a day job, though my day job is a very nice one), but I can squeeze in a Skype visit fairly often, which allows me to chat with classrooms here in the U.S. as well as other countries! I had a blast chatting with 5th graders at Dr Morris Gibson School, Okotoks Alberta, Canada; with 4th graders at Central Park Elementary in Plantation, Florida; and with the 6th grade at Columbus Gifted Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

October Events: In early October, I presented in a panel talk with Laura Greenberg and Ginger Johnson, entitled Beyond the Expected: Empowering Kids through Middle Grade Stories. A few weeks later, I presented through Skype to the Mock Newbery Clubs at Lancaster Community Schools and the Ada Christian School. 

Autumn Events: One of the highlights of my autumn was an event at my childhood library, the Jesup Memorial Library, where I presented on September 22; it was powerful to be back in that place that had inspired so many of my ideas as a tween and teen writer. Then I was off to the Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators (as part of NerdCamp NNE) on September 28, where I had a great time chatting with young fans, teachers, librarians, and parents. I presented at NerdCamp NNE itself the next day, and right on its heels presented at the Maine Library Association’s national conference October 2: on “ungendering” children’s books. Quite a busy (but so much fun!) few weeks!

September Events: This month began with a really lovely Skype visit to one of Mr. Marsh’s 5th grade classes at Bells Elementary School. Then a talk, reading, and Lego castle event at Barnes & Noble Augusta!

Casco Public Library: I had a great visit and writing workshop with kids at this wonderful rural Maine library. And there was some castle inspiration, of course!

BAM: I saw some old friends and made many new ones at the Books-A-Million panel discussion on kidlit in August. Thanks to all the teachers who attended! It was great to see you there.

Lithgow Library: I love chatting with my readers, and so my time with the Lithgow Public Library’s Rockin’ Readers tween book group in August was wonderful. Kids shared their thoughts, their likes, their advice, and their ideas. And the youth services librarian made this into a truly incredible event with four delicious Scottish desserts (made from scratch!). A blog post will celebrate that appropriately.

Sherman’s Signings: I’ve finished my string of appearances with most of the Sherman’s Bookstores in Maine (I haven’t made it up to the Camden or Bar Harbor stores, but another year, perhaps). I’ve been to Boothbay Harbor, Freeport, Portland, and then Damariscotta. It was great fun to chat with my readers, read aloud to kids, and hear from parents and grandparents their eagerness to share my book with their children and grandchildren. I’m delighted to know that Drest’s story is being read aloud by many different voices.

Postponed Talks: Sadly, even authors get sick. I had to postpone my June 6 and 7 school talks in Jay and Farmington because of illness. I’ll be rescheduling those in the new school year.

Latest Visits: I had a great chat with 6th graders at Greely Middle School on June 13. On May 16 and May 9, I returned to Mast Landing School for Author’s Lunches with 4th graders. Then May 9 and May 11, 2018, were Skype visits with the wonderful 5th grades at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School in Elburn, IL, and Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA, where both classes of students asked incredibly good questions.

Author Events: A summary, as I’ve been busy! On April 27, I chatted at Mast Landing School in Freeport, Maine, with a fantastic group of 5th graders and did a wee reading; then on April 28 celebrated Independent Bookstore Day at Briar Patch Books in Bangor, Maine.

Jumping back a bit: On April 12, I spoke to four classes of 6th graders at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine; on April 13, I chatted with Mrs. Mooreman’s 5th graders at Orange Brook Elementary School in south Florida by Skype; and on April 18, I visited the Thomas Memorial Library’s Writers Accountability group, then gave a public presentation about villains, heraldry, and Norman castle defenses.

Spring Author Festival: On March 17, I joined a fantastic group of children’s authors (Carol Gordon Ekster, Jannie Ho, Sara Levine, Gina Perry, Heather Lang, Jarrett Lerner, Sarah Jean HorowitzJen Petro-Roy, Rob Vlock, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, and Lisa Rosinsky) at the Framingham, MA, Barnes & Noble. I loved talking with the kids who came up to my table—and met quite a few exceptionally strong 9-year-old readers! And it was great fun to meet these other authors (including some I’ve known but online for a long time).

Author Events: I had a wonderful time talking inspiration, tough girl warriors, and all things medieval at Print: A Bookstore on March 14, 2018; then my school author talk at Waynflete School on March 15.

Book Launch Party: Sadly, my book launch party planned for March 7 was cancelled due to the threat of snow. That’s what we deal with in Maine in March (we seem to get a blizzard every year this month).

Media Appearance: I had fun meeting Amanda Hill of 207, a program on WCSH (Channel 6 for locals). I chatted about being a Maine author, my love of Scotland, a bit of what my book’s all about!

WriteOnCon: On February 9 – 11, I was a presenter at this online children’s writers conference with a blog post and more. Great fun!

World Read Aloud Day 2018: It was so much fun to present to schools during World Read Aloud Day (and a few days beyond) this year. I talked with Lindale Middle School in Maryland, Baker Middle School in Michigan, Richmond Hill Elementary School in Georgia, and Wayne Cox Elementary in Texas. Thank you so much to each of those schools. Your 7th and 3rd grade classes and the whole 5th grade I presented to were fantastic. I loved hearing about the books that students are reading, and their great questions.

Author Talk: I was thrilled to have been invited back to Memorial Middle School in South Portland, Maine, on December 6, 2017, to chat with this year’s 6th graders about what it’s like to be an author. This event included a giveaway of The Mad Wolf’s Daughter ARC to one student in each of the five classes I presented to.

Author Talk: December 7, 2016, Memorial Middle School, South Portland, Maine