news & events


September 7, 2017, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm, The Tattered Cover on Colfax Ave, Denver. Educators' Night-- Free and open to K-12 teachers. I'll be one of several authors talking with teachers about my books and classroom resources and visits. Should be a fun night!

September 16, 2017, Saturday early evening (exact time TBD), Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House on Willow St., Fort Collins. Join middle grade authors Laura Resau, Todd Mitchell, and Melanie Crowder for short readings, q&a, crafts, games, and fun! This will be outside on the beautiful patio, weather permitting (if not, it will be inside.) Drinks available for purchase in the cafe and food at a food truck. Free and open to all ages!

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October 1, 2017, Sunday, 5:00-7:00, Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House on Willow St., Fort Collins. Old Town Writers' Group annual event with writers Laura Resau, Laura Pritchett, Karye Cattrell, and special guest singer-songwriter Saja Butler. This year's theme is MORTIFICATION! We'll be revealing some embarrassing stuff (writings/performances/song) from our distant past and linking it to recent creations.  Readings and songs, hors d'oeuvres, book-signing, chatting. Free and open to teens and adults!


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-- will be anthologized in a new book, The Soul of a Great Traveler: 10 Years of Solas Award-Winning Travel Stories. The book comes out in September 2017 (and is intended for adults. ;-) Available for pre-order here.  I can't wait!

And for all you wonderful Swedes out there, another travel essay of mine, "My Ex-Novio's Mother"-- set in Oaxaca, Mexico-- will be published in a Swedish travel anthology called Granslos 2. (I had another essay in Granslos Volume 1). So fun to see my work translated... now I just have to learn Swedish.

I'm thrilled to announce that two of my books-- The Lightning Queen and The Indigo Notebook have been chosen for Oregon's Battle of the Books! The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.  Thank you, Oregon!

My next book will be coming out with Scholastic Press in Fall, 2018! It's set partly in a chocolate shop in a small mountain town in Colorado, and partly in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. More details coming soon...

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-- still at the beginning stages, but loads of fun.

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