news & events
February 7, 2019, Thursday. Laura is presenting a workshop for teachers at the CCIRA Conference, Denver, CO. Registration for conference required. 1:30-2:30, Room 228. Workshop description: Flying with Words: Creative Writing with Students—— Award-winning author and former teacher Laura Resau will share inspiring ideas to engage students in dynamic creative writing activities. Use enticing visual prompts to create fun stories with character, setting, plot, imagery, and themes.
February 8, 2019, Friday, 7 pm. Book Chat and Signing. The Tattered Cover (Aspen Grove in Littleton, Colorado.) Laura will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers on her Courting Darkness tour! Free and open to all!
Saturday, March 16, 2019. Colorado Book & Arts Festival, 12 Noon - 4pm, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities in Arvada, Colorado. Join us for this one-day literary arts festival, celebrating books, reading, writing, and arts for all ages. For children, there will be activity stations with authors, creative arts, literary arts, games and activities. For adults and teens, there will be author signings, author panels and workshops, including a special keynote address. There will be food throughout the event and plenty of books to buy at Tattered Cover's on-site pop-up bookstore! Info and tickets (very reasonable!) here.
April 13, 2019, Saturday. Colorado Teen Lit Conference,Denver. Laura will be on an author panel and lead a creative writing workshop as well. This is an amazing conference for teens, fans of YA books, teen librarians, teachers of teens… Please register on the CO Teen Lit Conference website. (There is a very reasonable registration fee.) There you can see the full line-up of authors!
April 14, 2019, Sunday, 2:00 pm. Tattered Cover (Colfax Ave. location in Denver). Laura and award-winning author Melanie Crowder will celebrate their new releases together. Laura’s new book is Tree of Dreams, and Melanie’s is Lighthouse Between the Worlds— both middle grade adventures with magic and nature! Free and open to all!
May 19, 2019, Sunday, 2 pm. Boulder Bookstore, CO. Laura and award-winning author Melanie Crowder in conversation! Laura’s new book is Tree of Dreams, and Melanie’s is Lighthouse Between the Worlds— both middle grade adventures with magic and nature! Free and open to all!
June 3 & 4, 2019. nErD Camp, Kansas. I’ll be one of the authors at this awesome, free (I think!) conference just outside of Wichita. For info and registration, please visit their website.
July 19, 2019. Tree of Dreams Book Party at the Longmont Public Library. 2:00-2:15. Short presentation, q&a, and fun activities! Free and all welcome! See library website or call for details.
July 19, 2019. Longmont Public Library. 5:30-7:30. Teen writing workshop: Chocolate Flight and Write! Registration required— please contact Teen Dep’t librarian.
I’m so excited to announce that Scholastic will be producing an audiobook of Tree of Dreams! I feel really fortunate that they’re involving me in the process… I get to give feedback about the voice actors and I’ll be recording the Author’s Note and Acknowledgments. YAY!
Colorado Public Radio's awesome reporter Grace Hood interviewed me and my writer friends Todd Mitchell (The Last Panther) and Eliot Schrefer (The Lost Rainforest) for a piece on contemporary kids' literature with environmental themes... you can listen to it here. (It's only 4 minutes long!)
My essay "Barren in the Andes"-- about my encounter with a shaman (spitting fireballs at me in Ecuador) whose healing ceremony prompted me to adopt my son from Guatemala-- was anthologized in a new book, The Soul of a Great Traveler: 10 Years of Solas Award-Winning Travel Stories. The book came out in October 2017 (and is intended for adults. ;-) Find it at your local bookstore or order here.
My next book, Tree of Dreams, will be coming out with Scholastic Press on March 26, 2019! It's set partly in a chocolate shop in a small mountain town in Colorado, and partly in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. Ages 8 to 14 (and beyond!)
When Coco fears her life in the family chocolate shop is crumbling, a dream leads her deep into the Amazon Rainforest. There she discovers how far and wide her heart can grow.
I'm also working on my first YA speculative fiction book, which I'm really excited about! All I'll say about it for now is that it involves virtual reality and is set on a mysterious island...
My friend, Gloria Garcia Diaz, and I are collaborating on a bilingual picture book-- loads of fun!
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