Upcoming Appearances

Author Talk

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.

Author Event

Date: September 15, 2018

Place: Barnes & Noble, Augusta, ME

Time: 1:00 pm

Details: Book signing, activities, and reading

Websitehttps://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2742?view=list&month=Month&day=Day&type=AE

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

Websitehttp://nerdcampnorthernnewengland.blogspot.com/

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

Websitehttps://www.mainelibraries.org/AnnualConference2018/

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.

Author Talk

Date: September 22, 2018

Place: Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, ME

Time: 10:30 am

Details: Presentation and reading

Details to come!

Past Events

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