By day, I teach Psychology and Women/Gender Studies at Sacramento City College. By night, I write children’s books and engage in other forms of subversive creativity. My debut picture book, This Day in June, won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award, was a Rainbow List Top Ten pick, and won the IRA’s 2014 Notable Books for a Global Society Award. How’s that for my first shot at writing children’s books! My books, teaching, and general commentary have been featured in publications ranging from School Library Journal to The Advocate. I’ve also been interviewed on National Public Radio, the BBC News, “Good Day Sacramento,” and various podcasts.
That’s the professional stuff. Now, a little about me! I grew up in suburban New Jersey, on the sidelines of Ed Koch and Donald Trump, ACT-UP and Andy Warhol. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1990s and collided right into third-wave feminism and sex-positivity, the Dyke March and the Lesbian Avengers. By 2001, I had landed in Sacramento with a new relationship, a doctoral degree, a full-time job, and a mortgage, wondering, “How did I get here?” (cue David Byrne singing “Once in a Lifetime.”) Even today, I’m not sure I know the answer to that. But I do know this: it was here in Sacramento that a creative little hummingbird found me and led me to the magical world of writing for children. The best part about that? I get to share the things I love with children and teens, like LGBT history and culture, feminism, and women’s history, while also providing them with a joyful vision of what our collective futures could be.
Gayle E. Pitman, author
The best part of being a children’s book author is talking to my readers about my books. I give presentations to a wide varietyof 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.