Upcoming Events

Barnes & Noble B-Fest
Bel Air, Maryland

September 23, 2017
4-5 pm

Author panel at B&N’s second annual teen book festival, featuring Laura, Leah Henderson (One Shadow on the Wall), and Valerie Patterson (Operation Oleander).

Event information.

Baltimore Book Festival

September 24, 2017
12-7 pm

100 Thousand Poets for Change — Daylong event
CityLit Tent

Full list of readers and performers.

3-4 pm

YA/Adult Crossover Panel
Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

Meg Eden (Post-High School Reality Quest), Tracy Gold (Hollow Tree), Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse), CP Patrick (The Truth About Awiti), Nikki Richard (Pretty Things). Moderated by Laura Shovan.

Want to know about the writing process and writing for different audiences? Join us for a group of Maryland authors in conversation about their books and experiences writing for young adults and adults.

Baltimore Book Festival website and schedule.

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
Harbor Springs, MI

September 29-October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29
Local School Visits

Saturday, September 30

1:15-4:45 Group Poetry Reading
Coldwell Banker

4:15 Panel: Loyal Friends for Tough Times
Harbor Springs United Methodist Church

What do a dog named Carl Sagan (plus a golden iPod), the universe (with the help of three brave kids), and some epic poetry (shared over the course of a single school year) have in common? They are all the loyal and unexpected friends at the heart of these novels about being different, sticking up for one’s beliefs, and finding one’s place in the world. It is no secret that life—even for a kid—can be challenging and unfair, so the writer who is able to share a story that convincingly and tenderly narrates the highs and lows of adolescence is one who is able to convey a message that makes us all feel a little bit better at the end of the day.

Presenters: Jack Cheng, Erin Entrada Kelly, and Laura Shovan

Festival website and schedule.

Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference
Hagerstown, Maryland

October 20, 2017

Back to School Stories
As the school year begins and students get to know each other, there’s one thing they all have in common: School. In some middle grade novels, school is more than a setting — it propels the story. Books by panelists Lee Gjertsen Malone (THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S), Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY), and Monica Tesler (the BOUNDERS series) provide a jumping off point for readers to discuss how school impacts their own lives.

Conference overview.

Barnes & Noble Author Signing
Ellicott City, Maryland

Saturday, October 21 – 11 AM

With Laura Shovan, Lee Gjertsen Malone, and Monica Tesler.

Event information.

DC Launch of Two Countries Anthology
The Potter’s House, Washington, DC

October 24, 2017 – 6:30-8 PM

Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown
Readers include: Alan King, Laura ShovanPatrick WashingtonRegie Cabico*, Risikat Okedeyi and Silvana Straw.

This event will be the D.C. launch of the anthology, Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press, 2017). This collection of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry contains contributions from 65 writers who were either born and/or raised in the US by one or more immigrant parent. Their work describes the many contradictions, discoveries, and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Lagaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers from throughout the US.

Event information.

Stay tuned! More events to be announced.