Events & Appearances


September 17 : Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Trade Show

September 30-October 1, 2016: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book – Harbor Springs, MI 

October 2: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Show 

October 7: Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show

November 18-21: NCTE/ALAN – Atlanta, GA 

April 2017 – GEM & DIXIE publication & tour TBA

Previously …

ROOMIES Events with Tara Altebrando:

January 12, 2014 – McNally Jackson – NYC – 6 p.m. with Tara Altebrando

January 15, 2014 – The King’s English – SLC – 7 p.m. with Tara Altebrando

January 16, 2014 – Provo City Library – Provo, UT – 7 p.m. with Tara Altebrando

February 4, 2014 – Books Inc, Opera Plaza – San Francisco – 7 p.m. with Tara Altebrando for ROOMIES

February 5, 2014 – Copperfield’s Books – Santa Rosa – 4 p.m. (pizza party!) with Tara Altebrando for ROOMIES

February 26 – March 1, 2014 – AWP – Seattle: Thursday, Feb 27 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Commercial Literary Fiction (Not an Oxymoron): The Place of Craft in Writing and Teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature – panel with Nova Ren Suma, Micol Ostow, Laurel Synder, Stephanie Kuehnert

March 20 – University of Utah YA Lit Class – 12:25 p.m. – discussing THE LUCY VARIATIONS

March 27 & April 3 – YA Boot Camp – The King’s English  This four-session workshop examines Young Adult writing and publishing today with a focus on writing diverse characters, contemporary YA, and fantasy. Join us for two hours on Thursday nights beginning February 27, 2014 (Matt de la Pena and Martha Mihalick will be there 2/27 and 3/6 respectively). Three successful YA authors and one senior editor discuss the craft and business of writing today. Students are encouraged to submit up to five pages for critique. Ask the King’s English about available scholarships.

April 11 – Utah/Idaho SCBWI Monthly Meeting –  Sorenson Unity Center (1383 S. 900 W. – Salt Lake City, Utah 84114) – 7 p.m.

May 9 – with Morgan Matson and Jenny Han –  The King’s English, Salt Lake City – 7 p.m.

November 8-9 2014: YALLFest – Charlston, SC – Keynote Conversation with James Dashner

November 14-16 2014: YALSA’s YA Literature Symposium – Austin, TX – Hyatt Regency Austin

Nov 15 8:30 a.m. Texas I Ballroom 2nd Floor : YA Realness: what makes ‘contemporary realism’ feel true to readers? Panel with Sara Ryan, Matt de la Peña, Lauren Myracle, Jo Knowles, Coe Booth:  Award-winning authors known for their contemporary realistic YA fiction discuss their approaches to writing authentic stories, including the role of characters’ race, culture, gender, sexuality, and economic status, and consider the question of whether realistic YA always invites controversy and censorship by including truths that make readers uncomfortable.

Nov 15 5:30-7 p.m. Book Blitz! Zilker I & II, 1st Floor:  What’s more fun than the opportunity to meet and interact with dozens of YA authors?  We can’t think of anything?  At this event, each attendee will receive 3-5 free books, generously donated by the publishers, which can be signed by the authors.  Light refreshments. Cash bar.

December 15 – 29 – The MacDowell Colony – Peterborough, NH

March 7, 2015 – North Texas Teen Book Festival – Dallas, TX
Details to come.

July 16-17, 2015 – BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers – Provo, UT

November 21, 2015 (Saturday) – National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, Minneapolis
11 a.m.: Reaching Hard-to-Reach students panel with Kevin Emerson, Soman Chainani, Jennifer Nielsen, and Jason Reynolds

November 22, 2 p.m. (Sunday): St. Paul Public Library, Highland Park Branch, 1974 Ford Pkwy. Conversation with Bryan Bliss, Jason Reynolds, Geoff Herbach, and Jesse Andrews. Sponsored by Addendum Books

March 22: Weller Book Works – 7 p.m. A Catholic, a Mormon, and a Presbyterian Walk into a Book Store…
Join me, Jonathan Ryan, and Jessica Day George for a discussion about one of my favorite topics: the intersection of art and faith and the imagination, and why good stories matter for us as a culture–maybe now more than ever. Free parking at Trolley Square.

April 14-16: Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI  (exact details subject to change so double check your final schedule)

Thurs 1:45 p.m.: Writing Through the Ages, panel with Luci Shaw, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Jeanne Murray Walker – This panel features four writers of faith in each decade of life—from the 40’s through the 80’s—reflecting on the various seasons in their careers and also looking ahead. Themes include following one’s dreams, loneliness and persistence, the struggle to carve out room to write amidst family and job pressures, and the spiritual depth that can arise from waiting.  Commons Annex, Lecture Hall

Sat 8:30 a.m. (RISE AND SHINE!☀️) Everyday Dystopias: YA Realism and the Meaning in the Ordinary – panel with Bryan Bliss & Kate Bassett – While popular trends in young adult fiction emphasize epic tales of survival, for most teens the true hero’s journey is just getting through the day. We’ll look at realism in young adult fiction and how it portrays the faithful, the searching, and the ways young characters are lost and found in our own familiar world. Covenant Fine Arts Center, Room 115

April 30-May 1 – YALLWEST – Santa Monica, CA

Sat 4 p.m.: LOVE IN THE TIME OF RIGHT NOW – Gallery – Modern love: The angst, the joys, the Netflix and chill. Moderated by Siobhan Vivian, with Adi Alsaid, Jennifer Armentrout, Jessi Kirby, and yours truly

Sun 1 p.m.: CREATIVE LIFE & WRITING ADVICE (YA) – Tent – The creative life ain’t easy! Writers share tips and tricks to keep going. Moderated by me, with Jennifer Bosworth, Debra Driza, Michelle Gagnon, Tamara Ireland Stone

Signing:  Saturday at 3 and Sunday at noon

July 11-17 – California State University Summer Arts – Monterey, CA