What’s New & What’s Up


What’s New

John Deere, That’s Who! Now Available At Your Local Bookstore Or Online Retailer

Henry Holt Publishing recently published John Deere, That’s Who!, illustrated by Tim Zeltner. This picture-book biography has already been named a Junior Library Guild selection and the Missourian (emissourian.com) has included it in its Summer Reading recommendations. The original manuscript won the first Frances and Kermit Rudolf nonfiction scholarship award from Hamline University. Read more >

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words Now Available At Your Local Bookstore Or Online Retailer

Millbrook Publishing, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, recently published Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. Mircea Catusanu illustrated this picture-book biography. The Scholastic Teacher's Summer Guide included this title in its recommended reading. The original manuscript won the SCBWI nonfiction work-in-progress grant. Read more >


What’s Up

Family Fun Twin Cities BookHounds Family Book Club: Double Book Fun at Wishing Tree Play Cafe

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 • 10:00 a.m.

The FFTC BookHounds Family BookClub invites you to join us for its first meeting. I'll be reading John Deere, That’s Who! and talking about Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. We are also excited that Snapology will be there to give a mini class. FREE! Go here for more information.

Noah Webster's Fighting Words: Hardwood Creek, Washington County Library

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 • 1:30-2:15 p.m.

I'll be sharing my new book, Noah Webster's Fighting Words, at my local library! Famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, Webster was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Learn about history and have fun while doing it! Includes a reading and activity. For school age children, ages 8-12. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Learn more here. Registration opens May 14.

Youth Writing Class: Postcard Flash Fiction, White Bear Center for the Arts

Monday, May 22, 2017 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Let your creativity wander to faraway places to help you write fun short-short stories. Using actual postcards from around the world for inspiration, you’ll write flash fiction that combines all the usual literature elements—setting, plot, and character—in less than 500 words. We’ll talk about what makes a story and how to give it flair without a lot of fluff. Where will your writing go? Learn more here.

Independent Bookstore Day: Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake

April 29, 2017 • 1:30 p.m.

Signing and talking about Noah Webster's Fighting Words and John Deere, That's Who!. Learn more here.

Book Launch Party New York: John Deere, That's Who!, WORD Bookstores, Brooklyn

April 23, 2017 • 11:00 a.m.

Discover fun facts about John Deere with a reading from the book and an activity. Also featuring Noah Webster's Fighting Words. Learn more here.

Book Launch Party Connecticut: Noah Webster's Fighting Words, Barnes & Noble, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

April 22, 2017 • 11:00 a.m.

How did American English become different from British English? And why? Learn the story of American patriot Noah Webster and his influence on words and writing in America with a reading from Noah Webster's Fighting Words and an activity. Learn more here.

Book Launch Party New York: Noah Webster's Fighting Words, Bank Street Book Store

April 15, 2017 • 10:30 a.m.

How did American English become different from British English? And why? Learn the story of American patriot Noah Webster and his influence on words and writing in America with a reading from Noah Webster's Fighting Words and an activity. Also featuring John Deere, That's Who!. Learn more here.

Book Launch Party: John Deere, That's Who!, Wild Rumpus

April 1, 2017 (no fooling!) • 11:00 a.m.

Discover fun facts about John Deere with a reading from the book and an activity. Learn more here.

Book Launch Party: Noah Webster's Fighting Words, Red Balloon Bookstore

April 1, 2017 (no fooling!) • 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun reading from the book (perhaps Noah himself will show up!) and an activity. Learn more here.

Hubbs Children's Literature Conference, St. Thomas University

February 18, 2017

Breakout session: "Back Matter Matters"

An outstanding day of discussions about books for children. Learn more here.

American Booksellers Association - Midwinter Institute

January 28, 2017

Meet & Treats Event Lakes & Legends Brewery

Co-sponsored by Lerner and Capstone, this is a fun event to introduce Noah Websters Fighting Words to booksellers!

Hamline University MFAC Alumni Weekend

January 6-9, 2017

Saturday breakout session: "Back Matter Matters"

Washington County Local Author Expo

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:30-12:30 for book signings; 1:00 - 2:00 for Kao Kalia Yang's talk

R. H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury

I'm joining 20 other vetted authors for a morning of book talk and book signings. Books are for sale. Sybil Smith is teaching a writing class at 11:00 (limited seating, register online) and Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer, will discuss her new book The Song Poet at 1:00. FREE! More info here.

Hamline University MFAC Alumni Weekend

July 8-10, 2016

Friday, 12:30 breakout session: "Writers In Conversation: Writing For Hire"

Children’s And Young Adult Literary Conference

May 5-7, 2016

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday afternoon breakout session: "Seriously Fun Nonfiction"

Lighten up, nonfiction writers, and let’s have some fun with the truth. Explore humor as a way to make a nonfiction manuscript engaging and memorable. We’ll take some cues from the pros and experiment with techniques for tickling funny bones. No comedy experience required, but you’re highly encouraged to wear a smile to this session on Saturday afternoon, May 7.

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The Shire Literary Center / KLBB Radio Interview

March 30, 2016

The Shire Literary Center, Stillwater, MN

Young adult writers from the Shire interviewed me at KLBB radio in Stillwater. (!!) We talked about working with publishers—and whatever writing stuff comes up. It’s part of an ongoing podcast series inspired by the program’s participants.

To learn more go to: http://theshireonline.com/news/

Register online at: https://www.loft.org/events__programs/writing_conferences/

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