News & Other Musings

Ninjas!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Ninjas!

I’m feeling a little braggy today about my friend Sarah L. Thomson’s  recently-published book, Deadly Flowers. It’s not just because she dedicated it to me and to our fellow writing group member, Anne Sibley O’Brien. It’s because it’s a really spectacular middle grade novel. I remember one time not too long ago, the three of us were having a conversation about middle grade books–I think maybe we were talking about what publishers are looking for. I can’t remember exactly. But I...

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The Old Bait and Switchel

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Due to an unexpected scheduling change, we’re having to cancel this afternoon’s Family Fun event at Vena’s. We’ll be rescheduling, so stay tuned!

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Switch it Up!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Join me for a fun, fizzy family event at the fabulous Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine! I’ll be reading aloud from Azalea, Unschooled and we’ll be mixing kid-friendly drinks with help from the terrific Vena’s staff. For tickets, visit Vena’s events page or call (207) 747-4901. Hope to see you...

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Reading at Sherman’s Books in Portland, Maine

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events | 0 comments

Reading at Sherman’s Books in Portland, Maine

Join me for an informal event on Saturday June 25th from 1-3 at Sherman’s Books at 45 Exchange Street in Portland, Maine. The event is co-sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE. I’ll do a short reading from Azalea, Unschooled and then I’ll be hanging around to sign books and talk. Refreshments will be served and children are welcome! Even if you have already bought enough copies of the book to last you a lifetime, drop by just to say hi and enjoy a terrific local bookstore (not to mention the great ice cream...

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Four Stars from HomeschoolLiterature.com

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Reviews | 0 comments

Four Stars from HomeschoolLiterature.com

HomeschoolLiterature.com says of Azalea, Unschooled, “What a unique book…from the very beginning it caught my attention and kept it…it’s a funny and rather sweet story.” Read the full review here! And see YouTube version...

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Azalea: Maine Literary Award Finalist

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Awards, Azalea, Unschooled | 0 comments

Azalea: Maine Literary Award Finalist

I am proud to announce that Azalea, Unschooled has been named a finalist in the 2016 Maine Literary Awards, in the category of Book Award for Young People’s Literature, by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. I’m in good company, with several other Islandport Press writers up for book awards. Good luck to all…it’s an honor to be part of the Maine writing...

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Happy Anniversary, Azalea!

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled | 2 comments

Happy Anniversary, Azalea!

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the release of Azalea, Unschooled, we pull this rare original from the dusty archives of the...

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AuthorFest 2016

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Azalea, Unschooled, Events | 0 comments

AuthorFest 2016

What a terrific event AuthorFest 2016 was! Thanks to everyone who came by–and there were a lot of you! It was great to see so many fellow children’s book authors, some from right here in Portland and others from farther afield. I finally got to meet local (to Portland) author Gail Donovan, whose books and launch events my daughter and I have been enjoying for years. After the event, the authors were invited to a luncheon. I had a veggie burger, but those who chose to partake donned bibs and cracked open lobsters. Why is it...

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Azalea in Italy

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Events | 1 comment

Azalea in Italy

The New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, of which I am a proud member, is currently attending the 2016 Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. They have a table featuring some of their members’ books, including Azalea, Unschooled. Thanks to the New England team for all of their hard work! (I think you all deserve a gelato…or...

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It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Events | 2 comments

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s…

Caped AuthorFest!! Wait, no. It’s not, really. It’s Cape AuthorFest, as in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Come meet over 70 authors and illustrators from New England and beyond! AuthorFest will run from 10-2 on Saturday, April 9th in the Cape Elizabeth High School gymnasium at 345 Ocean House Road. 10-11 am will be open only to librarians and educators. There will be book sales, signings, and special events. For more information, check out the Cape AuthorFest...

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