March 3, 2018 Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writer’s Conference
St. John’s School. Keynote speaker
March 15, 2018 Writer’s Night
March 29, 2018 Bates College Young Writers Program
December 2017, Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center
School presentation for CLiF grant award winners with Joseph’s Big Ride
December 11, 2017 Burke Town School
West Burke, VT, Presenting to 7th and 8 the classes
November 4, 2017 Humanities Federation
Panel presentation, Boston, MA
October 11, 2017 Portland High School
Presentation for Freshman Class who participated in an all-class read of The Good Braider
Some Recent Presentations
April 21 – 23 NESCBWI 17
Spring Conference “Expand and Diversify Your Portfolio” of the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I’m presenting a session with Susan Lynn Meyer on writing across cultural borders.
April 26 Erskine Academy
South China, Maine, Presentations for students on The Good Braider and “Children and War
“I loved the blend of factual grounding with the writing of the novel. I think that it is really important for the students to see how a story is created and that there is a real person wielding the words. Touch one mind! Touch the world!” Crystal Shamas-Douglas, Librarian
April 28 – 30 Monadnock Poet’s Retreat
July 8 Books in Boothbay Lit Festival
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
July 19, 2017 Lawrence Public Library
Summer Reading Story Program
March and April New Hampshire Humanities book discussion series – Connections with Immigrants and Refugees
Salem, NH, Exeter, NH, and Concord, NH
April 5 and 6 Elizabethtown College
Reading and meeting with Young Adult Literature Classes
April 10 Women’s Prison, Concord, NH I’ll join the women’s book discussion about The Good Braider.
April 12, ’17 Lawrence Public Library National Library Week program with Joseph’s Big Ride.
January 4 and 18, 2017 New Franklin School, Portsmouth, NH
Programs with Luis Paints the World and Joseph’s Big Ride with an amazing 21st Century After School Organization, Making Classroom and Community Connections.
January 11, 2017 Krempels Center
Porstmouth, NH on “A Writer’s Life”
January 13, 2017 Freeport Community Library, Camden, Maine
I will be part of a book discussion of The Good Braider held in conjunction with the 2017 Camden Conference. The theme of the conference is Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis
February 16, 2017 St. Paul’s School
Concord, New Hampshire.
Here’s a St. Paul’s School feature about my program.
December 9, 2016 Greater Lawrence Tech High School
With students creating a region-wide Early Literacy Project
Sept. 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Bread and Roses Festival, Lawrence, Massachusetts Luis Paints the World set in Lawrence, MA. Story program and reader’s theatre followed by signing at the Lawrence Public Library tent.
Sept. 27,11 a.m Boston Public Library . Boston Author’s Club Awards I will accept for Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a BAC Award finalist.
Community Stories: Soldiers Home and Away, Oct. & Nov.
I’m presenting in this NH Humanities series in several libraries in southern New Hampshire. New Hampshire Humanities Calendar writes:
For fourteen years, America has been mired in war, war being waged by less than one percent of the population. The relatively small number of active military service members has widened a cultural gulf between the military and civilian sectors. Enter the humanities!
Community story dates are in blue. I’ll present Luis Paints the World in several libraries. In Hampstead, on Oct. 27, I’ll present a program for adults and teens about Either the Beginning or the End of the World
Friday Oct. 7, 4 p.m. Plaistow Public Library, Family Program.
Luis Paints the World – A picture book portrait of a military family. I’ll present the story with slides and invite families to join in a reader’s theatre; then together we’ll create a mural the way Luis does in the story.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. Sandown Public Library, Luis Paints the World
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Atkinson Public Library, Luis Paints the World
Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Hampstead Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Hampstead Public Library, Teen & Adult Program “Coming Home”: Reading and Discussion of Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a New Hampshire novel about veterans and family, with the author, Terry Farish. Leslie Pasternack, director of “Make Sure It’s Me” about traumatic brain injury in the military, will lead a discussion of the novel.
Friday, November 4 at 4 p.m. Salem Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World
Wednesday November 9 at 6:30 p.m. Newton Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World
October 15, 10:30 – 1:30 MWPA Workshop, “Writing Our Cultural Mosaic” Register with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
“Immigrants bring the world to the U.S., and the stories they share illuminate the world outside the single lens of one’s own family and community. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of writing for and about young adults that bring cultures face-to-face.
Attendees will learn research methods for writing about an ethnicity not their own, as well as approaches to surmount the challenges of writing not what they know but what they seek to understand. Through writing prompts that explore ways to bring the world beyond our borders into a story, participants will discover how creating a cultural mosaic in literature adds complexity to characterization and storytelling.”
Nov. 5, Strawbery Bank Children’s Author Festival, Portsmouth, NH
Nov. 7, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts Reading and Signing with Megan Frazer Blakemore and Sashi Kaufman