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

  8/26/2017

12pm 

Stockton Pride 
Weber Point Events Center
221 N. Center Street
Stockton, CA 95202


 


8/27/2017


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

9/ 21/2017

 
 11am

Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
 
Book Reading and Signing 
 
 
9/29/2017

6-7:30pm 
Banned Books Week at LLACE
Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange
1414 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

 


10/9/2017

 

7pm

 

Perfectly Queer! Children's Books
Dog Eared Books-Castro
489 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA  94114

 
 
 10/20/2017

12pm
 

Storytime and Book Signing
Charlie's Corner Bookstore
4102 24th Street
San Francisco, CA  94114
 
 
 
10/20/2017


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

10/21/2017


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

Book Signing 
10/27/17  5-7pm 
FEMINISM FROM A to Z Book Release Party: A Conversation with Local Feminists

The Avid Reader
1945 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
 
 
 10/28/17

9am-2pm

 

Sacramento Storybook Festival
The Artisan Building
1901 Del Paso Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95815

 
 11/4/17  2pm
FEMINISM FROM A to Z Book Release Party
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

 
 2/1-2/4, 2018  
California School Library Association (CSLA) Conference
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Fish Camp, CA

 
 
3/2 and 3/3/2018
 
Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival
University of Redlands
1200 East Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373

 
3/31/2018

2-3pm

 

The New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

 

Children's Program, Reading and Book Signing

 
4/3-4/6/2018   
Texas Library Association Conference
Dallas, TX
Details TBA 
 


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