Next Events:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6–8 p.m.
Launch Party!
The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL

Thursday, January 12, 2017
School Visit
St. Luke School
519 Ashland Ave.
River Forest, IL

Saturday, January 21, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Book Signing with Children’s Plus
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Georgia World Congress Center, Booth #2108
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA

Thursday, January 26, 2017
School visits with The Book Stall
Winnetka, IL

Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:30–7:15 p.m.
Meet the Author
Skokie Library (5215 Oakton St.)
Skokie, IL

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1–3 p.m.
Middle School Lit Fest
Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave.)
Evanston, IL

Saturday, February 4, 2017
4:30–5:30
Children’s Literary Salon with Betsy Bird
Evanston Public Library (1703 Orrington Ave.)
Evanston, IL

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Reception 2:15; show 3–5 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy & Doug Mackey)
Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Ave. S)
Tacoma, WA

Sunday, February 12, 2017
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy & Dale Basye)
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd)
Portland, OR

Friday, February 17, 2017
School visits with A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA

Friday, February 17, 2017
7–9 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy & Marcus Ewert)
Rockridge Branch, Oakland Public Library (5366 College Ave.)
Oakland, CA

Saturday, February 18, 2017
4–6 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy & Marcus Ewert)
San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.)
San Francisco, CA

Friday, February 24, 2017
School visits with Red Balloon Bookshop
St. Paul, MN

Friday, February 24, 2017
With Kelly Barnhill & James Kennedy
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Addendum Bookstore (478 Cleveland Ave. S.)
St. Paul, MN

Saturday, February 25, 2017
3–5 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy & Kelly Barnhill)
Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall)
Minneapolis, MN

Friday, March 10, 2017
School visits with Greenlight Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, March 11, 2017
3–5 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Ave at 42nd St.)
New York, NY

Sunday, March 12, 2017
2–4 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy)
Dweck Auditorium, Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza)
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, March 23, 2017
7 p.m.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Chicago Network Meeting
“How to Get Your Book Reviewed”
Everybody’s Coffee (935 W. Wilson)
Chicago, IL

Saturday, April 1, 2017
3–5 p.m.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival (w/ James Kennedy)
Vittum Theater (1012 N Noble St.)
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Master of Ceremonies: Society of Midland Authors Awards
Cliff Dwellers Club (200 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL)

Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11, 2017
Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, IL

Friday, June 23–Monday, June 26, 2017
ALA Annual Conference
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

 

 

Past Events:

Wednesday, November 30
4–5 p.m. Central
EarlyWord PYR Author Chat

Sunday, October 23
1–3 p.m.
“Tricks (and Treats) for Writing for Young Readers” (w/ Amy Cattapan, Michelle Falkoff, Kate Hannigan, Nathasha Tarpley)
Christopher Center, Room 200, Concordia University
River Forest, IL

Thursday, November 19, 2015
7–9 p.m.
“Invite Yourself to the Social Media Party”
Frankfort Public Library
21119 S. Pfeiffer Rd.
Frankfort, IL 60423

September 10–13th, 2015
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference
Westin Westminster
Westminster, CO

Friday, September 11
1–2:50 p.m.
“Invite Yourself to the Social Media Party”
Meadowbrook II

Saturday, September 12
9–9:50 a.m.
“A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?”: panel with Kay Bergstrom, Carla Gertner, Linda Joffe Hull, and Cynthia Richards
Waverly

Sunday, September 13
10–11:50 a.m.
“Inside Booklist”
Standley I

September 7, 2015
2–3 p.m.
The Frank Sennett Show
WGN Radio

June 29, 2015
American Library Association Annual Conference
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA
10:30-11:30 a.m.
“ALA Annual 2015 Mystery Authors Panel” (moderator): With Cara Black (Murder on the Champ de Mars), Allison Brennan (Compulsion), M. P. Cooley (Flame Out), John Katzenbach (The Dead Student), and Keith McCafferty (Crazy Mountain Kiss).
Room 122(N)

January 25, 2015
The Fourth Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Adventure Stage Chicago
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL

November 13–16, 2014
Bouchercon
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

October 26, 2014
Chicago Writers Conference
University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL

11–11:50 a.m.
“Ask the Publishers” (moderator): Panel with Kate DeVivo (Agate Publishing), Ian Morris (Fifth Star Press), Naomi Huffman (Curbside Splendor), and Michael Levine (Northwestern University Press).

1–1:50 p.m.
“Writing for the Younger Crowd” (moderator): A conversation with Panel with children’s author Allan Woodrow and YA Author Erica O’Rourke.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
9:30 a.m.–noon
“Behind the Book Reviews/Life is Tweet: Social Media Dos and Don’ts”
Off Campus Writers’ Workshop
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093

Saturday, February 1, 2014
3–5 p.m.
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Chicago Writers Conference
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL

2:15–3 p.m.
“Don’t Quit Your Day Job” (moderator): Panel with Samantha Hoffman (What More Could You Wish For), Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao), and Randy Richardson (Cheeseland).
Multipurpose room.

3:15–4 p.m.
“Meet the Agents” (moderator): Panel with Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller, Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary, and Marcy Posner of FolioLit.
Multipurpose room.

Friday, June 28, 2013
American Library Association Annual Conference
McCormick Place Exhibit Hall
Chicago, IL
1–2 p.m.
“International Crime from Independent Publishers” (moderator): With Wolf Haas (Brenner and God), Bayo Ojikutu (Free Burning), Zane Lovitt (The Midnight Promise), and Mark Billingham (The Demands).
PopTop Stage

Thursday, November 29
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Books + Beer: Holiday Shopping Night
With Jamie FrevelettiLinda Joffe Hull, and Erica O’Rourke
Hidden Shamrock
2723 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, November 28
Authors Day (with Ilene Cooper)
Infant Jesus of Prague School
Flossmoor, IL

October 7, 2012
1–6p p.m.
The Children’s Book Fair
Nichols Park (55th and Kimbark Ave)
(In case of rain: Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.)

 

October 47, 2012

Bouchercon
Cleveland Marriott Renaissance
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

Thursday, October 4, 2012
12:15–1:05 p.m.
“The Popularity of YA Books”: panel with Joelle Charbonneau, Jordan Dane, Michelle Gagnon, Bev Irwin
Grand Ballroom B

Friday, October 5
7:30–8:45 a.m.
Table host at MWA Librarian’s Breakfast with Guest of Honor Mary Higgins Clark
Cleveland Marriott at Key Center
127 Public Square

 

October 2, 2012
6–9:00 p.m.
Chicago Literati Networking Event
The Hidden Shamrock
2723 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614

June 9 & 10, 2012
Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, IL

Saturday, June 9
1–3:30 p.m.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Writing for Children TODAY” (panel with Esther Hershenhorn [M], Gina Bellasario, Natalie Ziarnik, Barbara Gregorich, Molly Backes, Cherie Colyer, and S.J. Kincaid)
Registration required
Jones College Prep/Student Learning Center
606 S State St. (Use entrance on Harrison)
Chicago, IL

Sunday, June 10
1:45–2:30 p.m.
“Elementary, My Dear Watson” (with Amy Alessio [M], Marianne Malone, Ilene Cooper, Keir Graff and David Lubar)
The Mash Stage

May 21, 2012
Portage Park Elementary
Chicago, IL

 

May 18 & 19, 2012
Young Authors Conference
Illinois State University
Bloomington/Normal, IL

April 20, 2012
World Book Night Pre-Launch
Unabridged Bookstore
3251 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL

April 19, 2012
Burley Book Bash
Burley School
Chicago, IL

Monday, April 16, 2012
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Matteson Public Library
801 S. School Ave.
Matteson, IL 60443

Thursday, March 29, 2012
St. Francis Xavier School, Wilmette, IL
St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge, IL

 

Saturday, February 18, 2012
8 a.m.—1 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshops Tenth Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast
Abbington Distinctive Banquets
3 S. 002 Illinois Rte. 53 (Rte. 53 at Butterfield Rd.)
Glen Ellyn, IL

February 6, 2012
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Villa Park Public Library
Villa Park, IL 60181

February 3–5, 2012
Love Is Murder
Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare

Thursday, December 8
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dunning Branch Library
7455 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, December 6
Emerson School
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday, December 6
7 p.m.
King’s English
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Monday, November 21
7–8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Oak Lawn Public Library
9427 S. Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Thursday, November 17
9:30 a.m.–noon
Off Campus Writers’ Workshop
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093

Monday, November 14
Dean Elementary School
Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, November 10
9:30 a.m.–noon
Off Campus Writers’ Workshop
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093

Thursday, October 27
School visits!
Avoca School, Glenview
Greely School, Winnetka
Sherwood School, Highland Park

Saturday, October 22
4—6 p.m.
Launch party! Free cookies and hot chocolate for kids (cash bar for grownups)
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-293-2665

Tuesday, October 18
School visits!
Glen Grove School, Glenview, IL
Red Oak School, Highland Park, IL

Tuesday, October 18
4 p.m.
Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL

Friday, Oct. 7

Cold Springs School, Missoula, MT
Rattlesnake School, Missoula, MT

Thursday, Oct. 6

Lowell School, Missoula, MT
Hawthorne School, Missoula, MT
Paxson Elementary, Missoula, MT

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8
Montana Festival of the Book
Holiday Inn,
Missoula Public Library,
Missoula, MT 59802

Friday, October 7
1 p.m.
“The Online Salon” (panel with David Abrams [M], Jenny Shank, and Craig Lancaster)
Missoula Public Library meeting room

Saturday, October 8
9:30 a.m.
“How Old Are You Anyway?” (panel with Janet Fox, Dana McMurray [M], Dorothy Patent, and Will Weaver)
Ballroom D, Holiday Inn

11 a.m.
“The Wild, Wild West of Independent Publishing” (panel with David Ash, Dave Batchelder [M], Kathy Dunnehoff, and Craig Lancaster)
Missoula Public Library meeting room

September 15–17
Bouchercon
Renaissance St. Louis Grand
800 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Thursday, September 15
2:30–3:30 p.m.
“It Goes with the Job: Write What You Know”: panel with Lou Berney, Gale Borger, Gianrico Carofiglio, Rick Mofina, Clare O’Donohue
Majestic A,B,C

Saturday, September 17
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
“I Will Rise Up: Overcoming Extraordinary Circumstances”: panel with William Kent Krueger (M), Keir Graff, Dana Haynes, Patrick Lee, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, C.J. West
Landmark 5,6,7

Saturday, September 17
4 p.m. Severn House author signing
Mystery Mike’s

Friday, August 26th, 2011
1 p.m.
A sneak preview of The Other Felix!
Kooky Kidstuff
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Sunday, July 24, 2011
7 p.m.
Books ‘n’ Booze
Zenden
139 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Friday, July 8, 2011
7 p.m.
Centuries & Sleuths
With Bill Rapp and Allan Ansorge
7419 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130

Sunday, June 5, 2011
11 a.m.
“Thrill of a Day”: Panel with Andrew Gross and Kevin Guilfoile, moderated by Jamie Freveletti
Printers Row Lit Fest
Park/Fountain Room, University Center
525 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Friday, June 3, 2011
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Authors of Printers Row Lit Fest Luncheon
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604

Thursday, May 12, 2011
7-8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Schaumburg Township District Library
130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
6-7:30 p.m.
In Conversation: Keir Graff & Bryan Gruley
Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610

Thursday, March 31
7–8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Pinney Branch Library
204 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI 53716

Thursday, March 31
5–6:30 p.m.
Booked for Murder
2701 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705

Wednesday, March 30
7–8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Alicia Ashman Branch Library
733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
7-8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Frankfort Public Library
21119 Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort, IL  60423

February 4–6, 2011
Love Is Murder
Chicago, IL

Friday, December 3, 2010
6–9 p.m.
Young Chicago Authors Holiday Book Bash
Egan Center at De Paul
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
5–7:30 p.m.
Meet and greet with Laura Caldwell, Gillian Flynn, Jamie Freveletti, Richard Fox, and Marcus Sakey
The Newberry Library  Bookstore
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 16, 2010
2-4 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Oakland Public Library
125 14th St., Oakland CA

October 14–17
Bouchercon
San Francisco, CA

Friday, October 8
7-8 p.m.
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL

Wednesday, September 29
7-8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Sulzer Auditorium
Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

Friday, September 24
7-8:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut
Western Springs, IL 60558

Wednesday, September 22
noon-1:30 p.m.
“How I Kept My Day Job and Became a Published Author—and You Can, Too”
Chicago Authors Room
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Wednesday, September 15
7 p.m.
Local Author Night
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-293-2665

Thursday, September 9
8:30-9 p.m. Central (7:30-8 p.m. Mountain)
The Write Question
KUFM Missoula (89.1 FM)

Thursday, September 9
5:30-7:30 p.m.
After-Words
23 E. Illinois
Chicago, IL 60611
312-464-1110

Sunday, September 5
6:30-7 a.m.
Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan
WGN Radio (720 AM)

Tuesday, August 10
7 p.m.
Fact & Fiction
220 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802