March 7-10, 2017 Point of View Workshops, Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Julie introduces a new set of student workshops on exploring Point of View in writing, and learning what it has to teach us about character creation, and about empathy.

March 22, 2017 Author Visit, Mansfield Public Library, 3:30 p.m.

Julie will lead a writing workshop and discuss her new Printz Honor title, The Passion of Dolssa. To register for this event, click here. For more information, visit the Mansfield Public Library’s web page.

March 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Strong Women in Young Adult Fiction Author Panel, Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA

Julie joins YA & MG authors A.J. Paquette, A. C. Gaughen, and Jane Smolik for a lively conversation about fiction for teens involving strong female protagonists. For more information, visit Barnes & Noble’s event page.

April 7, 2017 Author’s Day Visit, Barbieri Elementary School, Framingham, MA

April 8, 2017 1:30 pm Maynard Book Festival, Maynard Public Library, Maynard, MA

Julie joins a panel of writers of young adults discussing books of interest to adults as well as children.  The panel includes M.T. Anderson, winner of the National Book award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the Globe-Horn Book award, and a Printz Honor, for his books Feed, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, and  Tara Sullivan, winner of the Notable Social Studies Trade Book award, and author of Golden Boy and The Bitter side of Sweet, and Julie, whose most recent book, The Passion of Dolssa was awarded a Printz honor and nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.  The panel will be moderated by Cathryn Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. Panel starts at 1:30. Books supplied for signing by Porter Square Books

April 13, 7:00 p.m. “Virgins, Mystics, and Saints” YA Author Panel at Brookline Booksmith, Brookline MA

Julie joins YA authors and dear friends Marianna Baer and Katie Bayerl for a fascinating discussion on virgins, mystics, and saints in YA literature, and specifically in Katie’s A Psalm for Lost Girls, Julie’s The Passion of Dolssa, and Marianna’s The Inconceivable Life of Quinn. For more information and to order signed books, visit the Brookline Booksmith’s event page. “The theme of the evening is virgins and saints–from the mysterious death of a Massachusetts girl being considered for sainthood, to the (Printz Honor-winning) miracles of 13th century teenage noblewoman Dolssa, to the apparent immaculate pregnancy of an otherwise normal girl named Quinn. Come contemplate the mysteries.”

April 22, 2017 3:00 pm YA Fiction Panel, “Writing Magical Realism,” LA Times Festival of Books, USC

Julie joins a YA author panel, “Writing Magical Realism,” moderated by Jonathan Hunt and including Francis Hardinge and other authors TBA. 3:00:00 PM–4:00:00 PM in thee Norris Theater on USC’s campus. Admission is free. Signing to follow. 

May 11, 2017 Chenery Author Fair, Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

June 3, 2017 Thousand Islands Book Festival, Cape Vincent, NY

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June 16, 2017 Keynote Address, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference, Sandy, UT

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