HAPPENINGS

I’m happy to speak about books and writing at schools, conferences, libraries, bookstores, book festivals and fairs, book groups, and other places where people gather to talk about books. Please visit my Contact page if you’d like to talk about having me for an appearance. And scroll down for a schedule of selected past and future events.

 Vanessa and Debbie at GBF 2014         i-dissent-launch-5-credit-beth-kephart

Here is where I’ll be appearing with my books in the near future. . . .*

WHEN: February 21, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m.*
WHAT: Presentation on I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: Kensington Park Library, 4208 Knowles Avenue, Kensington, MD

WHEN: March 10, 2017
WHAT: Presentation on I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, PA

WHEN: March 21, 2017
WHAT: Skype with students of Valley View Elementary School, Oxon Hill, MD

WHEN: April 6, 2017
WHAT: Visit to Riderwood Elementary School–with Dozer the dog!
WHERE: Towson, MD

WHEN: April 9, 2017*
WHAT: Presentation on I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: Annapolis Book Festival, The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD

WHEN: May 20, 2017*
WHAT: Presentation on I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds

* asterisk indicates events open to the public

And here are some places I’ve been. . . .

WHEN: January 31, 2017
WHAT: Creative writing class presentation, Washington & Lee University
WHERE: Lexington, VA

WHEN: January 26, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
WHAT: Present I Dissent to school groups at Hooray For Books!
WHERE: Hooray For Books!, Alexandria, VA

WHEN: January 12, 2017
WHAT: Skype visit with Tallwood Elementary (Virginia Beach, VA)

WHEN: December 4, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.*
WHAT: Washington Hebrew Congregation Holiday Boutique–signing I Dissent with Supreme Court gift shop
WHERE: 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD

WHEN: November 30, 2016, 5:30-8 p.m.*
WHAT: University Club Meet the Author Night and Book Fair–signing I Dissent
WHERE: 1135 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: November 27, 2016, 12 noon*
WHAT: Barnes & Noble Black Friday Weekend–signing I Dissent
WHERE: B&N Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD

WHEN: November 17-20, 2016
WHAT: National Conference of Teachers of English
WHERE: Atlanta, GA

WHEN: November 12, 2016, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.*
WHAT: Strathmore Museum Shop Around–with Supreme Court gift shop and I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

WHEN: October 22, 2016
WHAT: Acceptance of Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award for Dozer’s Run from the Keystone State Reading Association
WHERE: KSRA Annual Conference, Seven Springs, PA

WHEN: October 21, 2016
WHAT: Maryland Association of School Librarians Annual Conference
WHERE: Hagerstown, MD

WHEN: October 6, 2016, 10:30 a.m.*
WHAT: School event for I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
WHERE: Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: October 3, 2016
WHAT: Acceptance of Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award for Dozer’s Run from the Kansas Reading Association
WHERE: KRA Annual Conference, Ottawa, KS

WHEN: September 20, 2016, 7 p.m.
WHAT: Publication date for I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark and launch party at Politics & Prose!
WHERE: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC

WHEN: June 10, 2016
WHAT: Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival
WHERE: Easton, MD

WHEN: May 18, 2016
WHAT: Family night at Ballenger Creek Elementary School–presenting Dozer’s Run
WHERE: Frederick, MD

WHEN: May 14, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
WHAT: Book signing–We Shall Overcome–for a day of book fairs sponsored by Everybody Wins! DC and Redskins Charitable Foundation to benefit the Redskins Read Program, which provides books to local schoolchildren
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, Rockville, MD

WHEN: April 12, 2016
WHAT: School workshop sponsored by An Open Book Foundation, presenting The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: Washington, D.C.

WHEN: April 6, 2016
WHAT: Community event with Turning the Page at Ketcham Elementary School
WHERE: Washington, D.C.

WHEN: February 3, 2016
WHAT: School visit with Dozer’s Run and Dozer the dog!
WHERE: Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Day School, Edgewater, MD

WHEN: January 22, 2016
WHAT: Skype visit with Tallwood Elementary (Virginia Beach, VA) 5th graders–talking about We Shall Overcome and Dozer’s Run 

WHEN: January 9, 2016, 6 p.m.
WHAT: Reading for the new issue of District Lines–I’ll be reading a poem!
WHERE: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: December 14, 2015
WHAT: Workshop with Teen Writers’ Club, a project of Maryland Writers’ Association
WHERE: Montgomery County Public Library, Germantown, MD

WHEN: October 17, 2015
WHAT: “A Day of Writing With Authors”–workshops for grades 6-9, sponsored by Montgomery College
WHERE: Campus of Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

WHEN: October 1, 2015
WHAT: School and community visits
WHERE: Mount St. Mary’s University and Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg, MD

WHEN: September 5, 2015, 1 p.m.
WHAT:
Picture book reading at Washington Post exhibit at National Book Festival
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: June 22, 2015
WHAT: Panel presentation at Association of Jewish Libraries Jubilee Conference, with authors Jacqueline Jules, Erica Perl, and Madelyn Rosenberg
WHERE: Silver Spring, MD

WHEN: April 25, 2015
WHAT: Annapolis Book Festival–presenting Dozer’s Run
WHERE: The Key School, Annapolis, MD

WHEN: April 16, 2015
WHAT: School assemblies with Dozer and Dozer’s Run
WHERE: Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Towson, MD

WHEN: April 15, 2015
WHAT: Featured session and Young Authors Celebration at the Annual Conference of the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council (SoMIRAC)
WHERE: Hunt Valley, MD

WHEN: March 11, 2015
WHAT: Presenting Dozer’s Run to elementary school students at the Young Readers Center of the Library of Congress
WHERE: Washington, D.C

WHEN: March 2, 2015
WHAT: It’s Read Across America Day! I’m reading my books at Bright Beginnings
WHERE: Washington, D.C.

WHEN: February 27, 2015
WHAT: Benchmark School–Presenting Dozer’s Run
WHERE: Media, PA

WHEN: December 3, 2014
WHAT: 25th Annual Meet the Authors Night & Book Fair of the University Club of Washington, D.C.
WHERE: 1135 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC

WHEN: November 22, 2014, 10 a.m.
WHAT: NCTE Annual Convention, book signing for We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
WHERE: Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD–the Disney-Hyperion booth

WHEN: November 16, 2014, noon to 5 p.m.
WHAT: Pets on Wheels Holiday Craft Fair, featuring Dozer the dog and Dozer’s Run
WHERE: Tall Cedar Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville, MD 21234

WHEN: November 15, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m.
WHAT: Presenting and signing We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, Dozer’s Run, and poetry at For Love of Children (FLOC) Annual Book Festival
WHERE: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 701 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068

WHEN: November 11 & 12, 2014
WHAT: Presentations to school children at the Lessans Annual Book Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington–with Vanessa Brantley-Newton, illustrator of We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
WHERE: JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD

WHEN: November 11, 2014
WHAT: Presentation at Holton-Arms School with Vanessa Brantley-Newton, illustrator of We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
WHERE: Bethesda, MD

WHEN: August 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHAT: Dozer’s Run book signing–with Dozer the dog himself!
WHERE: Kids’ Ketch, Lewes, Delaware

WHEN: June 24, 2014
WHAT: Dozer’s Run visit with patients, family, and friends at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
WHERE: Baltimore, MD

WHEN: May 17, 2014
WHAT: Gaithersburg Book Festival, presenting We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song with Vanessa Brantley-Newton
WHERE: Gaithersburg, MD

WHEN: May 15, 2014
WHAT: Teen Writing Club
WHERE: Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
MORE: Writing workshop; talking about Imperfect Spiral and The Year of Goodbyes; sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Maryland Writers Association

WHEN: April 7, 2014
WHAT: Visit and read with classes at St. Elizabeth Catholic School
WHERE: Rockville, MD

WHEN: April 5, 2014
WHAT: Annapolis Book Festival, presenting We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, 11 a.m.
WHERE: The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403

WHEN: March 29, 2014
WHAT: Manuscript critiquer at MD/DE/WV SCBWI Spring Conference
WHERE: Frederick, MD

WHEN: March 19-22, 2014
WHAT: Virginia Festival of the Book
WHERE: Charlottesville, VA
MORE: Visits to elementary and middle schools with We Shall Overcome, The Year of Goodbyes, and Imperfect Spiral; panel on “Writing About People and Events in Children’s Books,” with Deborah Heiligman, Marc Tyler Nobleman, and Barb Rosenstock

WHEN: February 27, 2014
WHAT: Visit to Savoy Elementary School with An Open Book Foundation, presenting We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
WHERE: Washington, DC

WHEN: February 9, 2014, 2 p.m.
WHAT: Book Look Program, ArtSpace Herndon
WHERE: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA

WHEN: January 27, 2014
WHAT: Skype visit with third and fourth graders at Palliser Heights School in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan–it’s Family Literacy Day in Canada!

WHEN: October 12, 2013
WHAT: Celebrating 120 years of Noyes Library for Young Children
WHERE: Kensington, MD

WHEN: October 2, 2013
WHAT: Independent Catholic Library Association meeting
WHERE: Holy Redeemer School, Kensington, MD
MORE: Presentation on engaging readers with nonfiction and poetry

WHEN: July 27, 2013, 3:30-5 p.m.
WHAT: A YA panel presentation/book signing with author Beth Kephart
WHERE:
Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

WHEN: July 18, 2013, 7 p.m.
WHAT: Launch of Imperfect Spiral.  In other words, the first event for my new book!
W
HERE: This is a Politics and Prose Bookstore event at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

WHEN: June 12, 2013, 6 p.m.
WHAT: Writers’ Night, with Cynthia Cotten, Mary Quattlebaum, Jacqueline Jules–and me
WHERE: Nottingham Elementary School, Arlington, VA

WHEN: April 27, 2013, 1-4:30 p.m.
WHAT: Sandy Spring Friends School Local Authors Fair
WHERE: Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD

WHEN: March 2, 2013
WHAT: 
16th Annual Authors’ Luncheon to benefit St. Martin’s Ministries
WHERE:
Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Kent Island, MD
MORE:
Presentation on The Year of Goodbyes

WHEN: January 2013
WHAT:
The Year of Goodbyes is the 2013 selection for the “All Spencer Reads” reading program
WHERE: Spencer, IA
MORE: Culminating activity—Skype visit, Monday, January 28, 7 p.m., Spencer Public Library

WHEN: January 2013
WHAT: Skype visits with classes at Reinhardt Elementary, Rockwall, TX: The Process of Writing and Connecting Writing to the World (Outside of School)

WHEN: January 9, 2013
WHAT: Skype visit with fourth graders at Mitchellville Elementary, Mitchellville, IA: Poetry and Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight

WHEN: October 27, 2012, 9 a.m.-Noon
WHAT: Presentation and workshop for Montgomery County  Council International Reading Association Breakfast Meeting
WHERE:  Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, Kensington, MD

WHEN: November 5, 2012
WHAT: Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools Annual Conference, featured speaker
WHERE: Baltimore Convention Center

WHEN: May 17-18, 2012
WHAT: Residency on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD

WHEN: April 22, 2012, 2 p.m.
WHAT: Presentation on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westminster, MD
MORE: This event is part of St. Mary’s commemoration of the congregation’s 250th anniversary

WHEN: April 21, 2012
WHAT: Annapolis Book Festival
WHERE: The Key School, Annapolis, MD
MORE: Presention on The Year of Goodbyes as part of a panel entitled “Young Adult Books: Keeping It Real,” with authors Kathryn Erskine and Valerie Ormond

WHEN: March 30, 2012
WHAT: Presentations on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: Garrison Forest School, Owings Mills, MD

WHEN: March 14, 2012
WHAT: Presentation on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC
MORE: Co-sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s “Authors Out Loud” program and the JCC’s Leo and Anna Smilow Center for Jewish Living and Learning

WHEN: November 16-19, 2011
WHAT: Miami Book Fair International
WHERE: Miami, FL

WHEN:  October 22, 2011, 2 p.m.
WHAT: Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: Eldersburg Library (Carroll County), 6400 Hemlock Avenue, Eldersburg, MD

WHEN:  October 19, 2011
WHAT: Brandeis National Committee Annual Book and Author Luncheon
WHERE: Bethesda (Pooks Hill) Marriott, Bethesda, MD

WHEN:  September 21, 2011, 2 p.m.
WHAT: Fall for the Book Festival
WHERE: Reston Community Center at Lake Anne

WHEN:  June 15, 2011
WHAT:  Guest speaker on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD

WHEN:  May 21, 2011
WHAT:  Presentation on The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Gaithersburg (MD) Book Festival

WHEN:  May 3-4, 2011
WHAT:  Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  B’nai Shalom of Olney (MD) School

WHEN:  April 13, 2011
WHAT:  Discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Sharpsburg Public Library, 106 East Main Street, Sharpsburg, MD

WHEN:  April 10, 2011
WHAT:  Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA

WHEN:  March 19, 2011
WHAT:  Virginia Festival of the Book, panel participant:  “Making History Come Alive for Kids”
WHERE:  Charlottesville, VA, Omni Hotel

WHEN:  March 17, 2011
WHAT:  Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Children’s Book Guild, Washington, D.C.

WHEN:  March 2, 2011
WHAT:  Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE:  Na’Amat USA/Rachel Ben Zvi Club, Silver Spring, MD

WHEN:  February 28, 2011
WHAT:  Sales/signing The Year of Goodbyes and Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight
WHERE:  B’nai Shalom of Olney (MD) “Shem’a University”

WHEN:  February 23, 2011
WHAT:  Sales/signing The Year of Goodbyes and Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight
WHERE:  Adas Israel Gan HaYeled Artisan and Book Fair, Washington, D.C.

WHEN:  December 12, 2010
WHAT:  Presentation and discussion of The Year of Goodbyes with the “Author Book Club,” sponsored by the MD/DE/WV Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Frederick County Public Library
WHERE:  Urbana Regional Library, Frederick, MD

WHEN:  December 2, 2010
WHAT:  Fun with Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems
WHERE:  Jewish Life Festival of Books & Culture, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

WHEN:  December 1, 2010
WHAT:  Signing Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems and The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: The University Club’s 21st Annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night, Washington, DC

WHEN:  November 19, 2010
WHAT:  Fun with Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems AND “Friendship, Family & Farewells”:  A presentation on The Year of Goodbyes 
WHERE:  Jewish Book Festival of Simon Family Jewish Community Center of the Tidewater Jewish Community (Virginia Beach)

WHEN:  November 14, 2010
WHAT:  “Poets, Pastries & Popcorn” –  Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems
WHERE:  5th Annual Book Festival of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

WHEN:  November 11, 2010
WHAT:  Fun with Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and presentation on The Year of Goodbyes
WHAT:  2nd Annual Book Festival of the Jewish Community Center of the Virginia Peninsula (Newport News)

WHEN:  November 9, 2010
WHAT:  Signing Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poemsand The Year of Goodbyes
WHERE: The National Press Club’s 33rd Annual Book Fair & Authors’ Night

WHEN:  November 7, 2010
WHAT:  Fun with Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems
WHERE:  41st Annual Book Festival of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington


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