Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, I am available for free online chats with book clubs, librarians and classes via Zoom and Skype. Please contact: Appearances@candlewick.com.
September 12, 2020, 6:30 EST
Zoom visit: Beth El Synagogue
Selichot Service, guest speaker
January 8 & 22, 2020
Behind the Book school visit
February 6, 2020
iSchool online visit: Information Books and Resources for Youth
March 24-27, 2020
Texas Library Association (TLA)
January 17, 2019, 7:30PM
Green Light Bookstore: Reading and panel discussion, Brooklyn, NY
January 23-25, 2019
ABA Winter Institute, Albuquerque, NM
January 26, 2019, 5PM
Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
February 8, 2019
St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ
February 28, 2019
CATS Fiesta, Tuscon, AZ
March 1-3, 2019
Tucson Festival Of Books, Tucson, AZ
March 19, 2019
Woman’s History Month, Interim Library, Brooklyn Heights, NY
March 23, 2019
North Texas Teen Book Fest, Irving, TX
April 8, 2019
Tacoma Park Library, Takoma Park, MD
April 23, 2019
Bank Street College, New York, NY
April 26, 2019
NYLA Youth Service Section Conference, Tarrytown, NY
May 11, 2019
PEN World Voices Festival, New York, NY
June 30, 2019
Gay Pride March, Barnes & Noble Float, New York, NY
Fifty authors of LGBTQ books march in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising
Cambridge Public Library
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults With De Novo Center for Justice and Healing and a surprise guest.
September 22, 2019
Brooklyn Book Festival
Panel: Not My Homeland- My Home
With Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee, City Councilman Carlos Menchaca.
Moderated by BLS Professor Maryellen Fullerton
November 1-3, 2019
YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium
Panel: Seating Justice Through Books
With Zetta Elliott, Deborah Wiles, and Lawrence Goldstone
November 23, 2019
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference
Panel: Bodies, Power, Prejudice: Educating Youth on Autonomy and Activism through Literature
Moderated by Rob Bittner
November 24-27, 2019
Texas Library Association conference
For Teachers and Librarians
School and library programs center on writing, research, interviews, and photography techniques. Students learn how to put a book together with dummies and layouts. Interactive programs include: how to come up with an idea, where to find people to interview, the art of a good interview, transcribing tapes and putting a story together, putting someone’s voice to paper, matching art to text, writing and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting.
Younger grades read aloud and act out parts of books together.
There are lots of “HOW TOs” that bring about lively discussions. How to determine truth from fiction? How to write about others in the first person? How to work in distant lands when you do not speak the language? How to develop ethics – in work and in life?
In the end, I hope your students come away with the idea that “hard” is interesting, “process” is fun, and “rewrites” are rewarding adventures. I’m not kidding – they really are adventures.
I’m happy to work with you to plan an author visit that fits your curricula. Together, we can inspire future Brenda Stars.
Students of all ages’ eyes become a camera lenses during photography workshops. They learn about filling space with lines and curves, colors, and textures. They combine close up, medium, and far-away images to create their own photo essay in an interactive approach to the art of photography.