Yes, I also do author visits (in person and via Skype!)
If you're interested in having me come to your school or library, please see the SCHOOL & SKYPE VISITS PAGE.
7/28/2018 WRITERS SYMPOSIUM AT TRURO PUBLIC LIBRARY (Panel/Signing)
YA and middle-grade authors (and editors!) David Levithan, Billy Merrell, Nick Eliopulos, Zack Loran Clark, Andrew Harwell, and I talked about writing, revisions, and the editorial process at the Truro Public Library in North Truro, Massachusetts.
7/11/2018 BOOK TALK AND SIGNING AT CHASE EMERSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Presentation/Signing)
It was a treat talking about my writing and revision process and reading from Always Forever Maybe and The Teacher's Pet with an all-ages audience at Chase Emerson Memorial Library in Deer Isle, Maine.
6/30/2018 TEEN BOOK BASH AT PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Panel/Signing)
I had a blast at Princeton Public Library's Teen Book Bash in Princeton, New Jersey, where I spoke about Always Forever Maybe on a panel with authors Claire Legrand, Emily X.R. Pan, Nisha Sharma, Cordelia Jensen, and Laurie Morrison, moderated by Megan McCafferty. After the panel, there was an after-hour pizza party for teens and authors, at which my team, Team Jalenj, won the book trivia contest, right before a rousing game of Sardines.
6/11/2018 ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE NYC RELEASE PARTY AT MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS (Reading/Signing)
I was blown away by all the love from all the friends who came to McNally Jackson Books in Soho to celebrate the release of my YA debut, Always Forever Maybe. I talked about the book's origins, read chapter seven, answered some fantastic audience questions, and delighted in sharing cupcakes, prosecco, and cheese with all who came (and signing books!).
6/7/2018 EPIC READS SUMMER MEET-UP TOUR AT ASTORIA BOOKSHOP (Panel/Signing)
For the last stop on the Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up Tour, authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered), and I talked with readers at Astoria Bookshop in Astoria, New York, about the best and worst parts of our writing and revision processes, how to know when a draft is done, and our funniest bad reviews.
6/6/2018 EPIC READS SUMMER MEET-UP TOUR AT B&N OXFORD VALLEY (Panel/Signing)
I had a fabulous time meeting readers at the Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up Tour stop at B&N Oxford Valley in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, and talking with authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) about dead bodies in the basement, the pros and cons of being followed around by a personal portable toilet, and the details of our writing processes.
6/5/2018 EPIC READS SUMMER MEET-UP TOUR AT EAST CITY BOOKSHOP (Presentation/Signing)
I was thrilled to launch Always Forever Maybe at at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C., on the first Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up Tour stop with authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday's Not Coming), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered). We had a terrific time meeting readers and talking about books and writing.
4/27/2018 THE TEACHER'S PET STORY TIME AT COTSEN CHILDREN'S LIBRARY (Reading)
The Teacher's Pet Tiger Tales story time at Princeton University's Cotsen Children's Library in Princeton, New Jersey, featured a reading followed by a hands-on craft project for kids.
3/8/2018 2018 AWP CONFERENCE (Panel/Q&A)
I had a great time at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs's annual conference in Tampa, where I spoke about Always Forever Maybe and more on two panels: (A)Dressing the Wound: Writing the Traumatic Event with Truth and Sensitivity with authors Bree Barton, Amy Reed, Ryan Douglass, and Terry J. Benton; and From Best Friends Forever to Toxic Bonds: Digging Deep into Complex Female Friendships in Young Adult Literature with authors Amy Reed, Marcy Beller Paul, Sarah Nicole Smetana, and Kit Frick
2/1/2018 WORLD READ ALOUD DAY (Reading/Q&A)
Arugula and I had fun spending World Read Aloud Day Skyping with students in ten classrooms from Maine to Hawaii and spots in between. (If you're interested in having me Skype with your school or library, I would be delighted to do so. Please see the School & Skype Visits page for more information, and be in touch!)
10/28/2017 BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN'S GHOULS & GOURDS FESTIVAL (Reading/Signing)
I got to debut my Mr. Stricter outfit while reading The Teacher's Pet to some creatively costumed book lovers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Ghouls & Gourds Festival in Brooklyn, New York.
9/23/2017 PRINCETON CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL (Signing)
I was delighted to spend the day signing and talking about books at the 12th annual Princeton Children's Book Festival in Princeton, New Jersey, surrounded by more than 80 other children's book creators—and lots and lots of readers!
9/22/2017 THE TEACHER'S PET LIVE READING WITH WEARETEACHERS (Reading)
I was pleased to do a special back-to-school live reading of The Teacher's Pet on the WeAreTeachers Facebook page. The video is available for viewing here.
9/16/2017 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PICTURE BOOK BONANZA AT BOOKS OF WONDER (Reading/Signing)
The Teacher's Pet illustrator Zachariah OHora and I were pleased to join authors and illustrators Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan (I'm Smart), Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald (7 Ate 9), Molly Idle (Zombelina), and Sarah Beth Durst (Roar and Sparkles Go to School) for an afternoon of stories and fun at the Back-to-School Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder in New York City.
9/16/2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S DAY (Reading/Signing)
I had a lot of fun reading The Teacher's Pet and inventing silly new characters with the kids in the audience at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day in Brooklyn, New York.
9/10/2017 THE TEACHER'S PET STORY TIME AT COMMUNITY BOOKSTORE (Reading/Signing)
I was thrilled to read The Teacher's Pet to friends big and small at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which was my beloved neighborhood book shop for more than thirteen years.
9/2/2017 DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL (Panel/Signing)
I had a great time talking about picture books and pets with Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell, and moderator Laurel Snyder on the Go for the Goldfish panel at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia. I also got to moderate three terrific panels featuring Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham, Victoria Jamieson, Gwenda Bond, Christopher Rowe, Deron Hicks, Kate Milford, Peter H. Reynolds, and Judy Schachner.
7/29/2017 THE TEACHER'S PET STORY TIME AT THE BLUE HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Reading/Signing)
Mr. Stricter, Bruno, and I visited the Blue Hill Public Library in Blue Hill, Maine for a morning of stories, drawings, and pets. At the end of The Teacher's Pet story time, we got to release the library's just-hatched butterflies into the wild! (Don't worry, Mr. Stricter wasn't allowed to keep one.)
7/22/2017 THE TEACHER'S PET STORY TIME AT THE STONINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Reading/Signing)
I had the best time making hippo faces, drawing class pets, eating cupcakes and watermelon, and reading The Teacher's Pet with friends old and new at the Stonington Public Library in Stonington, Maine (which supplied me with many wonderful books when I was a kid!).
7/11/2017 NERDCAMP JUNIOR (Workshop)
I had a great time sharing the secrets of my writing process and making up new stories together with the creative young readers and writers at Nerd Camp Jr. in Parma, Michigan.
7/10/2017 NERDCAMP MICHIGAN (Conference/Talk)
I was thrilled to join the fun at nErDcampMI, an education conference—and (un)conference—with a focus on literacy and learning in Parma, Michigan. As one of more than 50 authors and illustrators on the Nerd Camp faculty, I co-led a session with Erin Soderberg Downing (author of Moon Shadow, the Puppy Pirates series, and more) on "Building and Creating Stories Together: Applying Lessons from the Author-Editor Relationship to the Classroom."
5/20/2017 NERDCAMP NEW JERSEY (Panel/Workshop/Signing)
I was pleased to join my fellow book nerds at nErD Camp NJ, a literacy-focused EdCamp "un-conference" and free event for educators, authors, and illustrators, held in Chatham, New Jersey. I spoke on two panels, "Helping Students Develop Great Characters in Fiction" and "Building Empathy and Deepening Relationships with Students through Literature," and co-led a workshop with authors Lauren Magaziner and Rebecca Behrens on "Ideas and Inspiration: Tricks and Tips to Get Students Writing."
2/16/2017 WORLD READ ALOUD DAY (Reading/Q&A)
Anna, Banana, (and Arugula!) and I were pleased to spend World Read Aloud Day Skyping with students in classrooms from New Jersey to Hawaii, and spots in between. (If you're interested in having me Skype with your school or library, I would be delighted to do so. Please visit the School Visits page for more information, and be in touch!)
9/24/2016 PRINCETON CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL (Signing)
I was delighted to join more than 80 other children's book authors and illustrators—and lots and lots of readers!—at the 11th annual Princeton Children's Book Festival in Princeton, New Jersey.
9/4/2016 DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL (Panel/Signing)
Anna, Banana, and I loved returning to the AJC Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia, where I spoke on the panel Squad Goals: Friendship! with authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson, moderated by Elizabeth Lenhard. I also moderated the BeTWEEN panel, featuring authors Jason Reynolds, Kate Milford, and Terra Elan McVoy.
8/13/2016 ANNA, BANANA STORY TIME AT THE PERIWINKLE (Reading/Signing)
I had a great time reading and coloring with friends old and new at the Periwinkle gift shop in Deer Isle, Maine.
7/14/2016 MOUNT VERNON PARK ASSOCIATION AUTHOR EVENT (Reading/Signing)
Anna, Banana, and I enjoyed a fun afternoon of meeting young readers (and swimming!) at the Mount Vernon Park Association in Alexandria, Virginia.
4/9/2016 CAPE AUTHORFEST 2016 (Signing)
Anna, Banana, and I were pleased to join the many authors, illustrators, and book-lovers at Cape AuthorFest 2016, a book fair and celebration of literacy in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
4/7/2016 THOMAS MEMORIAL LIBRARY EVENT (Reading/Workshop)
I spent a fun afternoon at Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, talking with young readers about books and writing, and making up new stories together.
1/30/2016 ANNA, BANANA AND LOUISE TRAPEZE CIRCUS-PARADE STORYTIME EXTRAVAGANZA (Reading/Party)
Author Micol Ostow and I paired up for a double-the-fun celebration of our new releases, Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade and Louise Trapeze Did NOT Lose the Juggling Chickens, at McNally Jackson Books in New York City. Crafts! Cookies! Books! Fun!
1/15/2016 NERDY AUTHOR NIGHT (Signing)
I had a great time meeting educators, fellow authors, and lots of kid readers at nErDcamp Northern New England's fabulous Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators in Falmouth, Maine.
11/7/2015 NERDCAMP LONG ISLAND (Panel/Signing)
I joined my fellow book nerds at the first annual nErD Camp Long Island, a literacy "un-conference" held in Roslyn Heights, New York, where, in addition to attending several terrific sessions, I spoke on a panel about breaking into publishing and co-led a session on revision tips and techniques with author Corey Ann Haydu.
10/17/2015 RUTGERS ONE-ON-ONE PLUS CONFERENCE (Conference/Talk)
I served as an author mentor at the Rutgers One-on-One Plus writers' conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature, and got to spend the day talking about writing and publishing.
9/19/2015 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL (Panel/Signing)
I was delighted to be part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day in Brooklyn, New York, where I moderated the What a Character! panel featuring authors Abby Hanlon (Dory Fantasmagory), Lenore Look (Alvin Ho and Ruby Lu), and Jon Scieszka (Frank Einstein).
9/5/2015 DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL (Panel/Signing)
Anna, Banana, and I had a terrific time at the 10th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia, where I was on the Best Friends Forever panel with authors Terra Elan McVoy (Drive Me Crazy) and Abby Hanlon (Dory Fantastmagory), moderated by Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire).
8/15/2015 STONINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT (Reading/Workshop)
I read from Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split, talked about my path to becoming an author, and led kids (and adults!) in a storytelling game at the Stonington Public Library in Stonington, Maine.
5/9/2015 ANNA, BANANA RELEASE PARTY AT BOOKCOURT (Reading/Party)
Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split got a hometown celebration with a reading and party at BookCourt in Brooklyn, New York.
5/3/2014 ANNA, BANANA RELEASE PARTY AT HOORAY FOR BOOKS! (Reading/Party)
I celebrated the release of Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split with a reading and party at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Virginia.
5/1/2015 BEST FRIENDS BOOK PARTY AT LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES (Reading/Party)
Author Terra Elan McVoy and I celebrated the release of our two friendship-themed books for young readers, Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split and Drive Me Crazy, with a reading and party at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia.
4/25/2015 NEWBURYPORT LITERARY FESTIVAL (Reading/Workshop)
I read from Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split, talked about my path to becoming an author, and led kids in a writing and storytelling game at the 10th annual Newburyport Literary Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
4/17/2015 WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY ANNUAL SPRING WRITER'S CONFERENCE (Conference/Talk)
I led a workshop on manuscript revision strategies and techniques at the Annual Spring Writer's Conference hosted by the Department of English at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.
10/18/2014 RUTGERS ONE-ON-ONE PLUS CONFERENCE (Conference/Talk)
I was a mentor at the 45th Rutgers One-on-One Plus writers' conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey, sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature.
9/16/2014 YPG BROWN BAG LUNCH PANEL (Conference/Talk)
I was a panelist at the Young to Publishing Group's September Brown Bag Lunch event in New York City, discussing my experiences working with teenage authors.
3/12/2014 THE STORY COLLIDER: MENTAL HEALTH (Storytelling)
The Story Collider joined with Be Brainy NYC and the Dana Foundation's Brain Awareness Week for an evening of stories about people's minds. I told a true story about playground games, Post-its, and what I learned while editing Corey Ann Haydu's OCD Love Story. At Littlefield Performance + Art Space in Brooklyn, New York.
2/22/2014 SCBWI WINTER CONFERENCE (Conference/Talk)
I gave two talks at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' fifteenth annual Winter Conference in New York City. The topic of both talks was Seven Essentials of Writing Contemporary Realistic Fiction.
2/15/2014 THE GNAT X: X (Storytelling)
I told a true story about kisses, variables, and control, live onstage at The Gnat, a storytelling event in New York City. The theme of the night was X.
4/13/2013 THE GNAT VII: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL (Storytelling)
I told a true story about some unexpected obstacles on the path to love, live onstage at The Gnat, a storytelling event in New York City. The theme of the night was Hope Springs Eternal.
2/22/2013 THE STORY COLLIDER: BEHIND THE SCENES (Storytelling)
I told a true story about fake science, popularity, and hair, live onstage at a Story Collider event at Union Hall in Brooklyn, New York. The theme of the night was Behind the Scenes. Click here to listen to my story, Confessions of a Fourth Grade Science Fraud.
10/6/2012 THE GNAT V: UNDERGROUND (Storytelling)
I revealed the secrets of The Do Bad Things Club at The Gnat, a storytelling event in New York City. The theme of the night was Underground. Click here to listen to the tale.