CANADA and CONCORD, here I come!

I’m thrilled to announce two upcoming bookstore appearances, in two of my very favorite places!

To help celebrate the launch of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, the seventh and final (sniff) book in my Mother-Daughter Book Club series, I’ll be heading first to Vancouver, British Columbia (yep, that’s right, my first appearance in CANADA!), and then on to Concord, Massachusetts, the town that started it all (the books are set in my old hometown, in case you didn’t know — talk about bringing it full circle…).

If you’re in either area, I’d love to see you! Please come join me on Monday, May 2, at 7 pm at Kidsbooks in Vancouver or Sunday, May 22nd at 3 pm at The Concord Bookshop in Concord (full details on both events here).

Warning: there may be dorky pictures of me at summer camp involved…

Mother-Daughter Book Camp

 

 

Fabulous foursome Author Panel

Calling all PDX (Portland) friends!

Tomorrow night, Tuesday July 28th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, I’ll be at the Garden Home Community Library for an author panel.

I’ll be joining Rosanne Parry, Cindy Brown, and Jerrold Packard to talk about (and answer your questions about) books, writing, and reading.

Wow! Four authors for the price of–well, absolutely free! That’s what I call a deal.

Click here for a little more information about the event, and click here to read my answers to the librarian’s questions…

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Countdown begins…

… in 48 hours, I’ll be in the Big Apple!

On Tuesday night I’ll be at Books of Wonder (6-8 pm) for a pre-Edgar Awards bash & book signing with my fellow nominees. Come join us! Click here for full details.

Then on Wednesday night, it’s time for the Edgar Awards — squeeeeeee! The event is black tie (“dress to kill,” the invitation says). I will be taking lots of pictures, as I don’t know when I’ll ever get my husband in a tuxedo again, and he looks fabulous. As for me, I have a snazzy formal dress and sparkly silver shoes to go with it. I’ve been practicing walking around in them, as heels are not something this writer wears very often and I’d hate to fall flat on my face in front of, say, Stephen King or something…

Stay tuned for a full post-event report, complete with pictures of my husband and me. Wait until you see the two of us — we look like we belong on top of a wedding cake!

 

 

 

Seattle, here I come!

News flash!

I’m dashing up to Seattle over the weekend to see friends who are in town for the American Library Association’s midwinter conference, and the good folks at EAGLE HARBOR BOOK CO. on Bainbridge Island have invited me for an impromptu Meet & Greet (and book signing) on Monday January 28th at 4 p.m.

The bookstore is just a short walk from the ferry, so hop on over and come see me!

Bainbridge ferry
bainbridge ferry 2
 (and yes, it really is this beautiful)

It’s a Babyberry Pie party!

BABYBERRY PIE

 

Attention Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area friends and fans!  If you’re looking for something fun to do with a wee one (or without), come join me this Saturday, December 15th, from noon until 2 p.m. at Steamers & Screamers (is that a great name for a family-friendly coffee shop or what?!).  I’ll be reading and signing copies of my picture book BABYBERRY PIE — the perfect holiday gift for little ones in your life.

(Please note:  Babyberry Pie is the only book that Steamers & Screamers will be offering for sale at this event.  I’m happy to sign any of my books that you bring with you, however — and there’s a Barnes & Noble just down the road, if you’re looking for my other titles and want to purchase them there and bring them over for an autograph.)

 

 

 

Travels with Heather, Part 2

Still with me?  Onward!  (Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, today’s post is guaranteed 100% potty-free…)

The last of my trio of recent trips was a local one.  Well, sort of local.  Long-distance local.  Because PIES & PREJUDICE was nominated for an Oregon Book Award this year (my friend Emily Whitman’s wonderful book WILDWING was the winner), I was invited by Literary Arts, the organization that sponsors the awards, to go on a mini-book tour.  I jumped at the chance! For one thing, it’s an honor to be asked, and for another, it’s just plain fun.

So I packed my suitcase, and off I went to a stretch of the Oregon coastline I’ve never seen before:  North Bend and Coos Bay.

I have to admit it’s cool to blow into town and see your “wanted” poster plastered everywhere. Here’s one on the window of Ciccarelli’s, the restaurant where we ate the first night.  (Yum!)  One of the best things about these tours is the chance to get to know some other Oregon writers.  I was incredibly fortunate to tag along with two delightful and incredibly talented people — George Estreich, whose book The Shape of the Eye, a moving, heartfelt memoir about raising a daughter with Down Syndrome, won the award for creative nonfiction; and Geri Doran, a poet whose lovely collection Sanderlings was a finalist in the poetry category.

Our fearless guide for the tour was Susan Denning from Literary Arts.  She’s a peach.

And she was a willing partner-in-crime, too, when I suggested we skive off and do a little sight-seeing.  We made a beeline for the ocean, of course, and landed in a great spot called Shore Acres State Park.  Can you believe this view?

There used to be a fancy mansion perched on this cliff, the home of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis Simpson, but it’s long gone.   Too bad.  Like Emma Hawthorne, I’m a sucker for old houses, and I would love to have seen it…

All that remains are pictures, alas.  Oh, and the estate’s formal gardens.  Which brought Susan and me to our first dilemma of the morning — which to visit first, the gardens or the beach?

We opted for the gardens.  All I can say is, wow!

I want a fountain like this one in my garden:

And rhododendrons like these:

And a Japanese pond like this one, please:

That’s not too much to ask, is it?

There was a greenhouse, too, where we admired a variety of beautiful flowers …

… and gawked at a VERY odd plant that looked like a pussywillow wearing a feather boa:

Does anyone know what this is?  I’m clueless.

When we were done touring the garden, it was time to hit Simpson’s Beach.  Oh joy!  We were the only ones there!

Is this gorgeous or what?!

Such a stunning setting definitely called for kicking back, relaxing, and soaking up a few of those rare Oregon rays …


It’s times like this that I’m convinced I have the best job in the world.

I could have lingered in this beautiful spot all day, but there were workshops and readings and school visits ahead, so Susan and I reluctantly pried ourselves away and headed back to civilization. I taught a writing workshop that afternoon, followed by a group signing at the lovely North Bend Public Library, then the following day I visited a couple of schools, including North Bend Middle School, where I hobnobbed with the fabulous librarians from there and from North Bay Elementary School:

Oops, there’s that purple shirt again!  Where’s Megan when I need her?  I really have to go shopping…

The students gave me a fantastic welcome, as you can see.

They’d all read my SPY MICE books, and I had a blast talking to them about my path to becoming an author, and about books and writing.  And then we brainstormed some fractured fairy tales together, which was great fun.

The kids also made some beautiful notes and letters and artwork for me, too, which totally bowled me over:

You can’t tell from the picture, but this one below is 3-D!  Glory’s (the mouse’s) nose and ears have a sort of sandy texture added to them.  Really cute!

An entire class collaborated on that one, and on this amazing collage below.  I’m planning on getting it framed to hang on my office wall:

See why I’m convinced I have the best job in the world?

Flap Flap

Come celebrate Spring with Portland’s children’s literature community!  Next Saturday afternoon (April 2nd) from 2-4 p.m., I’ll be joining 14 local authors and illustrators as we celebrate our newest books.  Refreshments will be served, along with a big dose of fun.

Multnomah Art Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR  97219

Here’s the list of attendees:  Heather Vogel Frederick, David Michael Slater, Dawn Babb Prochovnic, Emily Whitman, Maggie Rudy, Ruth Musgrave, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Rosanne Parry, Barbara Kerley, Kaaren Pixton, Elizabeth Rusch, trudy Ludwig, Susan Blackaby, Carolyn Conahan

(click on the image below to enlarge it)

 

Book signing this Saturday!

Calling all Portland-area friends!  You’re invited to “Elevenses with the Authors” this Saturday, January 22nd, at 11 a.m. at A Children’s Place Bookstore.

I’ll be joining my good friend Susan Blackaby as we celebrate National Pie Day (well, almost — it’s actually Sunday) and Groundhog Day (a wee bit early).  We’ll both be signing copies of our new picture books, Suz’s wonderful BROWNIE GROUNDHOG AND THE FEBRUARY FOX and my BABYBERRY PIE.

Please join us afterwards as we head down the street for treats cooked up specially by the bakery wizards at Eclectic Kitchen — yum!

Saturday, January 22nd

A Children’s Place
4807 NE Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-8294
11:00 a.m.

Calling all Bay Area fans!

California, here I come!

For those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll be appearing at the Castro Valley Library on Tuesday, November 16th from 6:30-7:30.  This event is a writing workshop geared for 4th-8th graders (with wiggle room in the age range), and the library is asking participants to pre-register, so give them a call at 510-667-7900.  A book signing will follow.

The Castro Valley Library is at 3600 Norbridge Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546.  Hope to see you there!