What’s New & What’s Up


What’s New

John Deere, That’s Who! Publication Date Announced

Henry Holt Publishing recently announced that John Deere, That’s Who! will be on sale March 28, 2017. Tim Zeltner illustrated this picture-book biography. This manuscript won the first Frances and Kermit Rudolf nonfiction scholarship award from Hamline University. Read More

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words Publication Date Announced

Millbrook Publishing, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, recently announced that Noah Webster’s Fighting Words will be released in April 1, 2017. Mircea Catusanu illustrated this picture-book biography.


What’s Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hubbs Children's Literature Conference, St. Thomas University

Breakout sessions: Back Matter Matters

February 18, 2017

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

American Booksellers Association - Midwinter Institute

Meet & Treats Event Lakes & Legends Brewery

January 28, 2017

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

Back Matter Matters

Hamline MFAC Alumni Weekend

January 6-9, 2017

The January Residency includes Alumni Weekend. I'll be speaking with Ann Matzke on back matter in nonfiction and fiction books at a session on Saturday.

Washington County Local Author Expo

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

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

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.

Writers In Conversation: Writing For Hire

Hamline MFAC Alumni Weekend

July 8-10 2016

The July Residency includes Alumni Weekend, July 8-10. I'll be speaking on Writing For Hire at a session on Friday at 12:30.

Presenting: Seriously Fun Nonfiction – Breakout Session

Children’s And Young Adult Literary Conference

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

May 5-7, 2016

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

The Shire Literary Center, Stillwater, MN

March 30, 2016

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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