news & events
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!
July 19, 2019. Tree of Dreams Book Party at the Longmont Public Library. 2:00-3:15. 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.
May 29, 2019, Wed., 6:30. Half Moon Bay Library, CA. Author event to celebrate Tree of Dreams! Laura will talk about her new book, share photos of her research in the Amazon rain forest and chocolate factories, and then lead a fun chocolate-tasting activity! Bilingual Spanish-English event! Free and all ages welcome!
May 24, 2019, Friday, 6:00, Folio Books, San Francisco, CA. Laura will share her new novel, Tree of Dreams, with the Bookworms Book Club, talking about her fascinating research in the Amazon rain forest and chocolate factories, and leading a fun chocolate-tasting activity. Five dollars tix and reservation required (includes chocolate and pizza!) Please call the bookstore if you’d like your child to participate.
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. The day of June 4 will focus on educators and librarians. On the evening of June 4, there will be a kid-focused event open to the public. For info and registration, please visit their website.
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!
My essay, “Ghost in the Amazon,” has won Gold place in the Women’s Travel category of the Solas travel writing awards sponsored by the fabulous publisher, Travelers’ Tales!
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!
I update my blog a few times a year with photos and details of my research, writing, events, travels, creative projects, and of course... vintage trailers. Come look!