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Thursday, April 20, 2023
TLA (Texas Library Association) Conference
Panel: Framing America’s Difficult Conversations: The Literary Legacy of Karen Blumenthal
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Instagram Live Chat with me and Ruby Shamir
4:30pm EST, @PenguinKids
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
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
ALA Midwinter Conference
YALSA reception for 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalists
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.
BookFest, Bank Street College of Education
Panel on YA nonfiction, moderated by Steve Sheinkin
2019 Past Appearances
SCBWI New York Metro Professional Series
How to Use the Craft & Elements of Fiction to Create Engaging Nonfiction
Biographers International Conference
New York, NY
American Library Association Annual Conference
Q&A Panel: What’s New in Middle Grade
Margaret A. Edwards Brunch
Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet
ALSC Award Presentation
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Conference
Cherry Hill, NJ
School Library Journal Day of Dialogue
Torpedoed Book Tour School Visits
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
WhY(A) War: Inquiring into Adolescents in Conflict
ALAN Workshop:Surviving the Odds: Adult Situations on the Shoulders of Youth
2018 Past Appearances
Oswego Writing Institute
The Power of Writing: Exploration, Imagination and Discovery
Keynote Address & breakout sessions
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
Teaching at Highlights Foundation
Writing and Revising Narrative Nonfiction–with Barbara Kerley and Elizabeth Partridge
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.
SCBWI Golden Kite Gala, New York, NY
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 Fleming, Melissa Stewart and Alyson Beecher (WOOT!)
WRITING OUR WAY TO RESILIENCE (featuring VINCENT VAN GOGH) with Barb Rosenstock, Jennifer Buehler and Lois T. Stover.
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.
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
Teen Author Festival, New York Public Library panel.
»»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.
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
YALSA Literature Symposium
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
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