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5/3/18 The release party for my new book, ECOSYSTEM, takes place from 6:30-8:00 at Riverstone Books in Pittsburgh (free and open to the public).

5/4/18 I’m chairing a panel on satire in YA literature at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Children’s Literature Conference (registration required).

5/19/18 I’ll be talking at the Monessen Public Library about YA science fiction and FREEFALL (free and open to the public).

6/23/18 I’ll be signing and selling books at the Peters Township Library Read Local / Eat Local event (free and open to the public). More information coming soon!

11/3/18 I’m one of the authors appearing at the York Book Expo in York, PA (free and open to the public).


FREEFALL Launch party, September 24, 2:00-4:00 PM at Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh.





9/23/14 My launch party was held at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Pittsburgh! An awesome event, with people literally spilling out into the street, an SC9 book cake, and a couple surprise appearances from out-of-town family and friends. Thank you to everyone who was there with me in person or in spirit!

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12/31/17 An amazing First Night in Pittsburgh, where (despite frosty temperatures outside) we were nice and toasty at the panel on children’s literature!

10/21/17 “Story Slam” competition at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts conference!


10/7/17 Meeting “agency sibling” Darlene Beck Jacobson at the Collingswood Book Festival!


9/7/17 Fun times at Beaver County Bookfest!





8/10/17 I had a great time speaking to teens at the Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library in Brookville, PA.





8/4/17 I showed off my new banner (and advance copies of FREEFALL) at the Pittsburgh Confluence science fiction convention.








11/4-6/16 I spoke on a panel with five other great YA authors at the YALSA conference in Pittsburgh. And then, as if that wasn’t cool enough, I handed out copies of SCAVENGER OF SOULS to teen librarians at the YALSA Book Blitz!












6/11/16 On a YA authors panel during the first annual B-Fest, a nationwide teen event at Barnes & Noble stores!

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4/9/16 Great time at the YAPA Book Con in Camp Hill, PA!







10/27/2015 Hanging out with published and aspiring writers at a YA Authors’ panel hosted by the East Liberty branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!

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10/21/2015 Fun times at the Penguin Bookshop!

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9/12/2015 Beaver County BookFest was a blast! (And yes, I’m a Vikings fan, probably because when I was a kid they used to be called the Purple People Eaters!)

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4/12/15 What a terrific time I had hosting a workshop on creating believable monsters and aliens in YA! And to make it even better, the workshop was followed by a lecture by the awesome Kristin Cashore!

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1/31/15 I talked to teens at the Community Library of Allegheny Valley about SURVIVAL COLONY 9, which they’d read as part of their Teen Reads book group.

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Allegheny Valley Library talk 61/30/15 Full house at Hopewell Area Middle School, where all the 8th-grade students read SURVIVAL COLONY 9!

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11/8/14 I signed books at the Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Fall conference in Pittsburgh.

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11/6/14 I joined a group of Pittsburgh-area kidlit authors at the Peters Township Public Library as part of the Pennsylvania Library Association “Speak Up for Libraries” program.

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10/18/14 I spoke to teens at the new Teen Space of the East Liberty branch, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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10/11/14 I spoke about the emerging genre of “cli-fi” at the monthly meeting of Pittsburgh’s sci-fi organization, Parsec. Later that evening, I read and signed books at the Barnes and Noble in Settlers Ridge, PA.

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10/9/14 I had a total blast at New York Comic Con, where I shared the stage with James Dashner, Scott Westerfeld, and others. (The only bad part was the bus ride there!)

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9/26-9/28/14 I had a great time at Pittsburgh Comicon in Monroeville, PA from Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28.

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9/20/14 I appeared and signed books at the NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Bookseller Association) fall conference in Arlington, VA on Saturday, September 20.




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