One of the pleasures of bringing out a new book is bringing it TO people! I'm looking forward to sharing some of the stories that led to THE LONG SHADOW as I meet with groups over the next few months. Here's the schedule so far, all in Vermont:
April 12, Kingdom Career Connect at Lyndon State College (only for the students whose schools are taking part)
Wed. April 25, 6:30 pm: Launch Day! Join me at the Lower Waterford Congregational Church for a book talk co-sponsored by the Davies Memorial Library and the Waterford Historical Society. Hear about the local conversations that planted the seeds for this adventure tale of three teenagers in "North Upton" (a pen name for North Danville, Vermont) in 1850, with the Civil War barely a cloud in the distance. March snowstorm? Catamount? Alice and Jerushah will have to handle those, but what can they do to support Sarah as she copes with a terrifying possibility?
Fri. April 27, noon to 5 pm: Vermont Maple Festival, St. Albans, my annual visit to this exhilarating event and welcoming community! Signed books available, and lots of conversation about writing, Vermont history, and more. http://www.vtmaplefestival.org/schedule-of-events/4388748.html
Sat. April 28, morning: Green Mountain Books & Prints, Lyndonville. Copies of all FOUR novels available! Discover the connection between THE LONG SHADOW and The Secret Room.
Wed. May 2, 7 pm, North Danville at the Brainerd Memorial Library: how North Danville's own history inspired THE LONG SHADOW, how the characters got their names, what the Sanborns have to do with it all, and what Gerry LaMothe contributed -- as well as lively stories!
Tues. May 8, 2 pm, at Danville School (grade 8 only, in the library): Eighth graders, I'm counting on you to ask the best questions! See you soon.
Wed. June 13, 7 pm, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum: What are the Big Issues of our time and our community? Can they really be tackled through historical fiction? Who was Ruth Farrow, how did she (really) live in St J, and what were the real and possible contributions to Abolition by the area's big-name thinkers and action people, like Thaddeus Stevens, Dr. Jewitt, and the Fairbanks family? Let's challenge each other.