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News & Events

  • Booklist says that the Hot List “captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities.”
  • April 2 Panel Speaker at SCBWI Sprint Spirit conference in Rocklin, CA
  • April 10, 2-4 p.m. Launch party at Copperfields Books
  • May 11 SCBWI S.F. North presents my talk:
    “Ten techniques to transfer your life experiences into powerful stories for kids?"
    7-9 p.m. Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, Santa Rosa, CA
  • May 11 4-5 p.m. "how to write funny books" workshop at Hercules Public Library
  • July 16 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Sebastopol Book Bibliophoria festival featured speaker

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