AUTHOR VISITS

The best part of being a children’s book author is talking to my readers about my books. I give presentations to a wide variety of groups ranging in age from 3 to 93 (yes, great-grandparents want to hear about children’s books too!). Please read about the various types of presentations I do. If you are interested in booking a presentation, please send an e-mail to pitman_g@yahoo.com




School Visits:
When I visit schools, I give up to three formal presentations per day, depending on what your needs are. In addition to that, I’m also willing to talk informally with a small group of students or teachers over lunch, visit a kindergarten class for a reading, or have a conversation with an individual class. I’m also open to other ideas, so don’t hesitate to ask me about other options.   

Preparing for the visit:
The pre-visit packet will help you get your students, teachers, and the whole school community ready for our day together. It contains:
A checklist for a successful author visit
Book ordering information
A sample press release to send to local media
A sample letter to parents to send home with students 

Download the school pre-visit packet (pdf).

Teacher’s guides will help you make links from my books and presentations to your curriculum. They provide you with a range of Common Core-aligned classroom activities to help reinforce the concepts and ideas you want your students to learn. 

Download the teacher's guides for This Day in June (pdf)
Download the teacher's guides for There Is A Cat In Our Class (pdf)
Download the teacher's guides for When You Look Out The Window (pdf)


College/University Presentations:
I interact with college students on a daily basis, and am always developing the best ways to inform, engage, and inspire them. My presentations can be tailored to a variety of different types of college and university events. I typically do keynotes, conference session presentations, and stand-alone events, although I’m happy to discuss other options. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact me at pitman_g@yahoo.com



Professional and Community Presentations:
I have given talks to a variety of professional and community groups. Some of these groups include the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); the Girl Scouts; the Sacramento LGBT Community Center; the Elk Grove Widow’s Society; the Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE); the San Joaquin Pride Center; and San Diego Pride, to name a few.  If you are interested in a community presentation, please e-mail me at pitman_g@yahoo.com



Book Signings:
Most often, I do book signings at bookstores, book fairs, and other book-related events. I also do book signings at Pride festivals and other cultural celebrations. If you are interested in booking a signing, please send an e-mail to pitman_g@yahoo.com




DATE  TIME   LOCATION  DESCRIPTION

July 24,2017
 
6-9pm 

NCCBA/SCBWI Meet and Greet
Kepler's
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Book Reading and Signing

July 26,2017

 
 
Perfectly Queer! Reading and Book Signing
Nomadic Press
2301 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

 
Book Reading and Signing
 
 August 2-3, 2017  
2017 APA Convention
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001
 
Discussion and Book Signing 

 August 3, 2017

 
11:00am 


Kid's Place
 American Psychological Association Convention
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
Book Reading and Signing
 

August 5, 2017

 

10-11am

 

"Hidden Histories" Panel
 OutWrite! LGBT Book Festival
The DC Center
2000 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
 
 Book Signing After Panel

  August 3, 2017

2pm 


 American Psychological Association Convention
Meet and Greet with Magination Press Authors
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

 


August 27, 2017


12-3pm 
2017 Local Authors Book Fair
Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

 
Book Reading and Signing 
 
September 21, 2017

11am 
Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
 
Book Reading and Signing 
 
October 20, 2017


 

Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA  94607-4892

 
Book Signing
 

October 21, 2017


 
SCBWI San Francisco North and East Bay Region
Octoberfest Fall Conference
Preservation Park
Oakland, CA 94612 

Book Signing 
 
March 2-3, 2018
 
Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival
University of Redlands
1200 East Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373

 
March 31, 2018

2-3pm

 



The New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

 

Children's Program, Reading and Book Signing

 


 
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