events

San Diego Festival of Books

I will be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 25. Come out and see a bunch of great local authors and writers! Check out the links below for tickets and schedules.

San Diego Festival of Books

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Venues Liberty Station, 2620 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The Many Worlds of Middle Grade

11:25 AM  in Meeting Room 2

A discussion about magic and wonder in middle grade books with John August, Margaret Dilloway, and Kali Wallace, moderated by Sally Pla. The discussion will last 45 minutes, and the authors will be going directly to the signing area for book sales and signatures afterward.

The San Diego Festival of Book is open to everyone. Tickets are $3 for each panel and can be purchased online.

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City of Islands is out in the world today! This is my third novel, and first for children, and I am so happy to finally be able to share it with you. It's a fantastical adventure of magic, mystery, and sea monsters, and I hope you--and all the younger readers in your life--enjoy it.

You can buy City of Islands anywhere books are sold, including the following outlets:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell's

If you're in the San Diego area, I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy on August 4 at 2 p.m. to talk children's books and fantasy. I would love to see you there! 

I will also most likely be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on August 25, but the details of that event have yet to be determined. I'll be sure to post the time and location as soon as I know.

City of Islands has been a long time in the making, from my first stab at it during NaNoWriMo in 2010, and through many rewrites and revisions over the years that followed. I am proud of the book it is now, and I am so very thankful for everybody who has offered help and support along the way. 

NEA Big Read Panel at Mysterious Galaxy

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Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM, I'll be participating in a panel at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego with fellow authors S.B. Divya and Kirsten Imani Kasai. We'll be talking about Kelly Link's wonderful short story collecting Pretty Monsters as part of the NEA Big Read program. The event is free and open to everyone!

NEA Big Read Panel on Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters

Mysterious Galaxy is located at 5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111

 

The Memory Trees

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The Memory Trees is now officially released into the wild! You can buy it wherever books are sold (links here). It's available as a hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. 

I will be making a few appearances at bookstores in San Diego and the Boston area during October, in the company of the fantastic authors Adriana Mather and Shannon M. Parker. You can find a complete list of appearances on my Events page.

To kick off this mini tour, the launch party will be this Saturday, October 14, at 4 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. Come on by for book talk and baked goods!

If you can't make it to one of the events but still want me to sign your book from afar, simply send proof of purchase and your address to thememorytrees@gmail.com, and I will send you a signed, personalized bookplate and some bookmarks in thanks.

If you are a school librarian or teacher, or you have a book club (of any age!) reading The Memory Trees, feel free to contact me if you are interested in a visit or Skype chat, or even if you just want a bunch of bookplates or bookmarks to hand out to students or book club members.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed, and posted about The Memory Trees in the days leading up to the release. This book was a tough one to finish, and I am forever grateful to everyone who offered their support during the whole long process from writing to publication.

The Memory Trees at Mysterious Galaxy

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You can now preorder a signed, personalized hardcover copy of The Memory Trees from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego!

The first 30 preorders from Mysterious Galaxy will come with an exclusive, handmade charm bookmark to go with your copy of the book. I'm making the bookmarks myself, using charms of particular items of importance to the story. 

Order by October 6 to receive a handmade bookmark and personalized copy of the book. You can specify how you want it signed in the comments section at checkout.

If you're local to San Diego or southern California, stop by Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday, October 14 at 4 p.m. for the official launch of The Memory Trees. (Locals are welcome to preorder as well--you can always pick up your copy in the store.)

Mysterious Galaxy is an independent bookstore that focuses on fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery books for all ages. They are wonderfully supportive of authors both near and far, and I am delighted to be working with them to launch The Memory Trees and provide this exclusive preorder promotion.

San Diego Writers, Ink Fall Conference

I am happy to be participating in the San Diego Writers, Ink Fall For Writing Conference this September! I will be doing a panel on children's literature with Marcie Colleen and Margaret Dilloway on Sunday, September 10 at 11 a.m. Check out their website for registration and event information.

San Diego Writers, Ink Fall For Writing Conference

September 8 - September 10, 2017

Arts District, Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16

San Diego, CA 92106

WorldCon writing & submitting panel

My second panel is now on the draft schedule for WorldCon 75, and this one is about when it's time to stop fussing over your stories and get them out into the world. And, honestly, don't come to this one to hear me talk--come to this one to hear the wisdom of the other amazing panelists!

Thursday, August 10 at 12:00

Messukeskus 101d

Just Send It!: When to Stop Rewriting and Just Get Your Work Out There

Ken LiuKali WallaceEllen DatlowKatri Alatalo

The plot works, the character interactions and dialogue flow well but, there's just "one or two more things" you need to fix. This way lies madness. Edits and rewrites are part of the writing process but at some point you need to stop polishing your work and submit it. Our panelists offer advice on figuring out where that point is and getting enough confidence in your work to submit it.

WorldCon YA panel

The preliminary WorldCon 75 schedule is online, so I can announce my participation in the following panel! (As always, details may change.) I am very excited for this chance to talk about representation and diversity of stories in young adult literature. If you're going to be at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki in a few weeks, stop by to join the conversation!

Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 in Messukeskus 203a

ASEXUALITY IN YA

Marguerite KennerLaura LamPeadar Ó GuilínKali Wallace

Are asexual characters well - or at all - represented in YA fiction? Is romance such an integral component of Young Adult fiction that it simply cannot be left out at all?

The Foundry: A Literary Reading Series

On Saturday, June 10, I will be reading at The Foundry #5, a literary reading event hosted by San Diego's So Say We All, a literary and performing arts organization. The Foundry is once again taking over the Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa, CA. The readings will begin at 7 p.m. I'll be there along with writers Matt Young, Hari Alluri, Elizabeth Marro, and Steph Cha.

Please join us for an evening of literature and food and drinks! Everybody is welcome.

The Foundry #5 - Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Public Square Coffee House

8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

March 11 at Mysterious Galaxy

Join me and fellow YA authors Elizabeth Briggs and Emily Skrutskie this Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego! It's part of Elizabeth's tour to launch her novel FUTURE THREAT, and we'll be talking about speculative fiction world-building in a changing world, writing kickass female characters, and the ups and downs of being an author. 

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m.

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111