Bookselling This Week

wi12One of the highlights of my debut experience was being selected for the Indies Introduce program through the American Booksellers Association and attending the ABA Winter Institute in Minneapolis in January. That is, being in Minneapolis in January wasn’t the highlight. Reading to a room of booksellers definitely was!

Emily Hall, co-owner of Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO, interviewed me for a series on the Indies Introduce titles for Bookselling This Week.

Interview with my local paper

If you live in small town, you know that EVERYONE reads the local paper. The whole thing. And then everyone goes around to all the people they know who made it into the paper and say, “I saw your name in the paper.” It’s possibly the best part of small-town life. If my name is ever mentioned in conjunction with a library program, someone will tell me about it.

Here, my local paper interviews me about HOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE.


Classroom Connections Interview

Caroline Starr Rose, author of the novels in verse May B. and Blue Birds, and the just-released prose novel Jasper and the Secret of Riley’s Mine, interviewed me for her Classroom Connections series! There’s also an ARC giveaway at the end of the interview.

I love the Classroom Connections series because Caroline, a former teacher, knows what teachers are looking for in middle grade books to bring into their classrooms. Her interview with Linda Williams Jackson, author of the 2017 middle grade debut Midnight without a Moon, is a standout.

Thank you for having me, Caroline!

Kids’ Indie Next List

How to Stage a Catastrophe made the Spring/Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next list! As a librarian, I’m more familiar with library-world book honors & promotions, but I’m super happy about this & grateful to all the independent booksellers who work so hard to select upcoming books and them get them into the hands of readers!

The full Kids’ Indie Next list includes some great 2017 titles, including Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give and Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited. You can probably find a print version of the list at your local independent bookstore!