Thomaston Public Library Author Visit

Author Visit with Rebecca Podos at Thomaston Public Library


  • Jan. 24: Author visit to the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, NJ with students and parents.
  • February 21: Bookclub visit, Milford, CT.
  • March 28: AWP Conference in Portland, Oregon. Participating in a panel discussion: “The Big Black Dog: Children’s Literature Takes on Mental Illness” with YA authors Ann Jacobus, Nancy Bo Flood, Brandy Colbert and Martine Leavitt.


  • March 8: The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, West Chester University Graduate Center, West Chester, PA.


  • January 9: Skype Visit with Elma, NY Library Teen Reads Book Club.
  • February 11 at 10 am to 1 pm Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Newington CT: Join me and Author Rebecca Podos for a young adult writing workshop. Bring your first chapters from a work-in-progress for critiques and group discussion.
  • February 15: Author visit at Mercy High School, Middletown, CT.
  • February 15: Skype visit with Collegeville, PA bookclub
  • February 28: Author Visit Staples High School, Westport, CT.
  • March 8 noon – 1 pm: International Bipolar Foundation Webinar on Mental Illness and YA Literature. With mental illness on the rise for adolescents, join us for a discussion on portrayals  and treatment  in YA literature and other media. YA author/librarian Amanda MacGregor, YA librarian Jaina Shaw, and child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Frank Fortunati will join me in discussing representations, stigma and the impact on seeking treatment.
  • April 21: Author visit Guilford, CT bookclub.
  • May 4: Presenting at the Connecticut Library Association Conference.
  • May 18: East Haven High School – Author visit and signing of East Haven H.S. summer reading list selection – The Weight of Zero.
  • May 24: Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs (PA) – Guest Speaker – Mental Health Awareness Program.
  • October 27: Orange, CT Network of Executive Women “Girls Night Out” scholarship featuring “Women Who Write” – a gathering of Connecticut women authors!
  • November 12: Radio Interview – Our Lives With Shannon Fisher – Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.
  • November 27 at 7:00 pm: Young Adult Author Panel at Brookline Booksmith (279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA) with Ruth Lehrer, Shannon Parker and Rebecca Podos.
  • Dec 1: Author visit to my alma mater St. Thomas Aquinas/Bishop Ahr High School in Edison, NJ.


  • January 9, 2016: ALA Midwinter Meeting  – Sweet 16s Debut Authors Meet and Greet.
  • April 23, 2016: Noah Webster Library Teen Writers Group with Carrie Firestone, Rebecca Podos and Jennifer Mason Black.
  • May 10, 2016: Connecticut Library Consortium Young Adult Librarians  Roundtable Eastern Region with Rebecca, Carrie and Jennifer.
  • May 21, 2016: Blackstone Library’s Local Author and Book Fair, Branford, CT.
  • June 11, 2016: Barnes & Noble Teen Fiction Weekend Canton, CT  and Milford with Rebecca Podos, Shannon Parker, Kate McGovern and Heidi Heilig.
  • July 14, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the Jones Library, Amherst, MA for a YA panel with Jennifer Mason-Black, Shannon Parker, Carrie Firestone and Rebecca Podos.
  • July 19, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Rebecca and I will be participating in a YA panel at the Thomaston Public Library in Thomaston, CT.
  • August 25, 2016 The  Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington, CT  YA Panel with me and Rebecca Podos
  • September 24, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:00: Baltimore Book Festival “Games with YA Authors!
  • October 11, 2016  YA Roadtrip Tour at the Baltimore County Public Library – Essex Branch for a panel discussion and signing with fellow YA debut authors: Kathy MacMillan, Tobie Easton, Melissa Gorzelanczyk and Rahul Kanakia!
  • October 12, 2016 YA Roadtrip Tour hits the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore for a  school program! Come join me and Kathy MacMillan, Tobie Easton, Melissa Gorzelanczyk, Rahul Kanakia and Lisa Maxwell!
  • October 14: The Weight of Zero book signing at the Canton Barnes and Noble
  • OCTOBER 15  THE WEIGHT OF ZERO LAUNCH PARTY at the Barnes and Noble in Milford, CT! 
  • November 2, 2016: 6:30 -7:30 I’ll be joining YA author Rebecca Podos for a panel discussion at the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, CT
  • November 5, 2016   Westport Library YA Bookfest
  • November 5 I’ll be participating in a YA Authors Panel with authors Shannon Parker, Carrie Firestone and Rebecca Podos at RJ Julia’s Booksellers
  • November 7: Delbarton School School, Morristown, NJ: Parent to Parent Lunch and Learn Event. Panel discussion with my husband, Dr. Frank Fortunati, to discuss teen depression/suicide and The Weight of Zero
  • November 12 from 3:00 – 5:00: Windsor Library in Windsor, CT will be hosting me and author Jennifer Mason-Black for a YA Panel in honor of NaNoWriMo
  • November 14: Radio interview with Beth O’Malley, LCSW on her show “Be Well With Beth”
  • November 16: Tassey Walden Writing Contest Informational Workshop at the Scranton Library, Madison, CT
  • November 17: Radio interview 

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