Maplewood South Orange Book Festival
Sunday, 26 September 2021
9/26/21 11:00 am - 9/26/21 4:00 pm
The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ


Due to COVID, most publishers are not booking events for their adult authors, so we decided to go all-kid’s authors for 2021. A bit different than in the past, but we are really looking forward to a different kind of festival during a very different time. The festival will also be one-day only this year, Sunday, September 26th, from 11AM-4PM at the Woodland in Maplewood, NJ. The festival is free of charge. We hope many of you will join us! All COVID precautions will be followed, and strictly enforced!


Festival authors — including Laura!

The Write Women Book Fest 2021
Saturday, 9 October 2021
10/9/21 11:30 am - 10/9/21 5:30 pm
Marietta House Museum, Glenn Dale, MD

In the wake of the 2020 pandemic, and coming away from what has been one of the worst chapters in our history as a nation, we wanted to lighten the mood a little and go with a happy theme. This year we celebrate love in its many forms: spiritual, romantic, self, parental, friendship and any other kind of love that is undefinable. We want to lift up the voices that tell the stories of love in all its pain and beauty, to celebrate reading and another great love—the love of books!

3:40- 4:40  POETRY – Patti Ross “Little Pi” Leads Poetry Reading. Readers include Laura Shovan.

Register or find out more about The Write Women Book Fest at


SCBWI Mid Atlantic Conference
Saturday, 23 October 2021
10/23/21 9:00 am - 10/23/21 5:00 pm
SCBWI Mid Atlantic Online

2021 SCBWI Mid Atlantic Virtual Fall Conference

This year we’ve expanded our program to include two full days of sessions, all of which will be recorded and available for replay, with an additional four nights of activities and intensive classes leading up to the conference weekend. We wish we could be in person, but we can’t wait to ‘see’ you this fall!

12-1pm  Breakout Sessions

Registration and information are here!

This Is What America Looks Like Poetry Reading
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
10/27/21 7:00 pm
Sandy Spring Museum and the MOCO Underground Reading Series

Please join MoCo Underground Reading Series for a special night with Caroline Bock and Jona Colson, co-editors of the 2021 anthology, This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from DC, Maryland, and Virginia from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, a 47-year-old cooperative, all-volunteer press based in the nation’s capital.

You’ll also enjoy virtual live readings of original selections from the anthology by poets Laura Shovan, Myra Sklarew, Nancy Naomi Carlson, and Robert Herschbach, and fiction writers Garinè Isassi, David Taylor, and Eva K. Sullivan. Visit for more information about Washington Writers’ Publishing House or to purchase a copy of This Is What America Looks Like and many other award-winning titles

This program is hosted by Montgomery County Underground Reading Series, which invites all writers ages 16 and up, from novices to veterans, to share their original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at a quarterly series of free, public readings.

This virtual program will be closed-captioned.

To register or for more information, click here.

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