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2023 Events

I’ll add more when there are more to add!

2021 Events

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Instagram Live Chat with me and Ruby Shamir
4:30pm EST, @PenguinKids
Instagram Live Chat with me and Ruby Shamir

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
8pm EST
Virtual Event at Third Place Books with Chelsea Clinton, Ruby Shamir, Christine Day, and me.

2021 Past Appearances

October 19, 2021
Bringing Real Stories to Life
With Chelsea Clinton, Kekla Magoon, Rita Williams-Garcia and me. Watch the recording here:

2020 Past Appearances

January 2020
ALA Midwinter Conference
YALSA reception for 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalists

April 2020

I participated in this Streaming Schoolhouse on April 29, 2020. It was a lot of fun to do, even though it was strange to be alone in my home office just as everyone else was home in their offices or living rooms, or wherever. I was honored to present with a friend of mine, Karen Blumenthal. Sadly, Karen passed away suddenly about two weeks after our virtual event. Thank goodness we have this presentation and of course her body of work. Please take a moment to visit her site and read her terrific books. I hope you enjoy the presentation, and feel free to email me with any follow-up questions you have.

October 2020
BookFest, Bank Street College of Education
Panel on YA nonfiction, moderated by Steve Sheinkin

2019 Past Appearances

January 2019
SCBWI New York Metro Professional Series
How to Use the Craft & Elements of Fiction to Create Engaging Nonfiction

May 2019
Biographers International Conference

BookExpo America
New York, NY

June 2019
American Library Association Annual Conference
Washington, DC
Q&A Panel: What’s New in Middle Grade
Margaret A. Edwards Brunch
Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet
ALSC Award Presentation

October 2019
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Conference
Cherry Hill, NJ

School Library Journal Day of Dialogue
Keynote Speaker
Cambridge, MA

Torpedoed Book Tour School Visits
Asheville, NC
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA
Emmaus, PA
Chicago, IL

November 2019
NYC DOE Library Services Annual Fall Conference
Panel: Truth Be Told: using Biography and Nonfiction to Engage Inquiry.

It’s All True! Great Middle Grade Nonfiction Panel
With Sharon Robinson and Mike Winchell
Books of Wonder, New York, NY 10011

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and ALAN Conference
Baltimore, MD
WhY(A) War: Inquiring into Adolescents in Conflict
ALAN Workshop:Surviving the Odds: Adult Situations on the Shoulders of Youth

2018 Past Appearances

August 2018
Oswego Writing Institute
The Power of Writing: Exploration, Imagination and Discovery
Keynote Address & breakout sessions

August 2018
SCBWI 47th Annual Summer Conference
Workshop: How to Use the Craft & Elements of Fiction to Create Engaging Nonfiction
Workshop: Finding Treasures: Research Tips & Tricks for Nonfiction and Historical Fiction
Panel: The Secret of Crafting Engaging Nonfiction, with Jason Chin, Candace Fleming, Barbara Kerley and moderated by Melissa Stewart

May 2018
Teaching at Highlights Foundation
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction–with Barbara Kerley and Elizabeth Partridge

May 2018
Gaithersburg Book Festival, Ogden Nash Pavilion
“Poe and Van Gogh” – presentation with Gareth Hinds, author/illustrator of Poe: Stories & Poems
Followed by a book signing.

February 2018
SCBWI Golden Kite Gala, New York, NY

January 2018
Keynote, Texas School Administrators, Houston, Texas

2017 Past Appearances

November 16-19, 2017 
NCTE St. Louis, two panels.
THE SECRET OF CRAFTING ENGAGING NONFICTION with Candace FlemingMelissa Stewart and Alyson Beecher (WOOT!)
WRITING OUR WAY TO RESILIENCE (featuring VINCENT VAN GOGH) with Barb RosenstockJennifer Buehler and Lois T. Stover.

NCTE panel with Candace Fleming, Melissa Stewart, Alyson Beecher and myself.

NCTE 17 panel with Candace Fleming, Melissa Stewart, Alyson Beecher and myself.

October 6-7, 2017 
Boston Globe Horn Book Awards and Symposium, Boston, MA
October 14, 2017
Let’s Play Books Bookstore, 4-5:30 p.m.
Emmaus, PA

October 15, 2017
JCC Author Series, Allentown, PA. Details to come.

October 18-21, 2017
Humboldt County Author Festival, Humboldt, CA

October 26, 2017
Texas Association of School Administrators
Leading Learning 4 STEM 4 ALL: Kick-off Keynote Presentation, 10-11 a.m.
Lunch and book signing to follow
Nabisco Innovation Center
2450 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77021


July 15-17, 2017
ILA, Orlando, FL.

June 23-26, 2017: ALA, Chicago, IL
Sunday, June 25
YALSA Coffee Klatch

Signing at the Macmillan Children’s Booth #2711

Program: Booklist 50 Years of YA, Room S103
Featuring me, Deborah Heiligman, Kristin Cashore, Brandy Colbert, Daniel José Older, Neal Shusterman, Megan Whalen Turner, and Nicola Yoon. Moderator: Dan Kraus.

Signing at the Booklist Booth #3217

April 2017:
»»Children’s Book World Haverford, PA. Philadelphia launch for Vincent and Theo.
»»LAUNCH PARTY! Books of Wonder, celebrating the publication of Vincent and Theo.

March 2017:
Teen Author Festival, New York Public Library panel.

February 2017:
»»Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Creativity: Life From the Inside Out. Event will air on WHYY in March.
»»Intrepid Museum, reading The Boy Who Loved Math.

Past Appearances

Southern Festival of Books
PEN World Voices Festival
World Science Festival
Virginia Festival of the Book
Los Angeles Festival of Books
Princeton Book Festival
Empire State Book Festival
NYC Teen Author Festival
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Festival on Faith and Writing, Calvin College
Bank Street BookFest
Princeton Book Festival

National Science Teachers Association
Book Expo America
American Library Association Conference
National SCBWI Conference
Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference
New York State English Teachers Conference
SCBWI Metro New York Tuesday Professional Series
Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC
Pennsylvania School Librarians Conference
Pennsylvania SCBWI conference, 20th anniversary
Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference
NCTE/ALAN conference
YALSA Literature Symposium
IRA Conference
Association of Jewish Librarians Conference
Conference on Jewish Story
NCTE for Orbis Pictus award
New York City Schools Conference panel

Highlights Foundation: Books that Rise Above: A Children’s Books Colloquium

Boston College, Conversations with…Author/Illustrator Series
Appalachian State University, Darwin Bicentennial Series

Special Events
60th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner (finalist!)
National Geographic Galapagos Cruise (My husband, Jonathan Weiner, and I were guest lecturers on this 10-day cruise to the Galapagos.)
Eric Carle Museum
New York Public Library Literary Salon–panel on Ethics in Nonfiction
New York Hall of Science The Boy Who Loved Math