news & events


July 18, Tuesday~ 6:00 p.m., Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO. Laura will be a guest author, doing a discussion and q&a about story structure as part of the Old Firehouse Books summer writers workshop. This is free and open to writers of all ages and stages who are registered for the entire summer writers workshop program. More info and registration here.

July 22, Saturday~ 8:30-4:15. Laura is presenting at the Day for Writers in Steamboat Springs, CO. She will be leading two workshops: Adventures in Writing YA Novels and Make Your World Come Alive: Enriching Setting and Character. Open to all with registration and fee. Registration begins mid-April.  More info here.

July 22, Saturday~ 5:30-6:30, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Steamboat Springs, CO. Laura will be doing a joint reading and signing with author Laura DiSilverio. Free and open to all!

July 23, Sunday~ 3:30-5:00, Steamboat Springs Library, CO. Laura will be leading a "Build a Story" writers' workshop for ages 9-14. Free, but please call the Kids Desk at the library to register or register online.


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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