Latina writer of books for kids of all ages.

2017 appearances


January 24,  2017, Evening Skype with University of South Florida 7 – 8 PM

January 28, Young Readers Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 9 AM – 4 PM. Grand opening of Saturday hours.


February 9, 2017, private book club, Richmond, VA


MARCH 2, 2017 “Talking Images: A Conversation with Latina Writers Meg Medina and Lila Quintero Weaver.” University of Richmond, International Center Commons, Richmond, VA,  4:00 PM

March 4, 2017, Innovative School Counseling Summit – Orlando “Girls and Bullying,” Keynote and break out session, Caribe Royale Hotel, Orlando, FL.

March 21, 2017, School visit, Rivers Edge ES, Richmond, VA

March 25, 2017, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA. Teen/Youth panels.


April 6, 2017, Village Green School, Providence, RI

trauma-and-resilience-save-the-date-3April 7, 2017, 1 – 2:30 PM, Young Readers Center, Library of Congress. Books Save Lives: A Symposium on Trauma and Resilience in Young People’s Literature. Library of Congress, Mumford Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC. Moderated by Dr. Joan Kaywell. Authors:  Laurie Halse Anderson, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Barry Lyga, Kekla Magoon, and Meg Medina.

April 19, 2017, 7 – 9 PM Grammartopia Book Launch for Kris Spisak,

April 21, 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony, Los Angeles, CA

April 22, 2017, Criminal Minds YA, with Lamar Giles and Anne Blankman (as part of RVA LitCrawl) HI Richmond Hostel, 7 N 2nd Street, Richmond, VA 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

April 26, 2017, School visit to South County Middle School, Lorton, VA

April 28, 2017, J. L. Francis Elementary School, Richmond, VA


May 6, 2017  Twin Cities Teen Lit Con, Sibley High School, Minneapolis  Minneapolis MN

May 20, 2017, Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg, MD, 10 am – 6 PM


June 21, 2017 Girls of Summer, Richmond Public Library, Main branch, 7 -9 PM. Special Guest author:  Rita Williams Garcia


July 9 – 14, 2017, Highlights Foundation Summer Camp, Honesdale, PA.

July 19, 2017, The Curious Iguana Bookstore, 4 – 5 PM, youth writing workshop

July 19, 2017, 7 PM, Frederick Public Library, with Ellen Oh, Flying Lessons and Other Stories


August 14 – 15, 2017, SUNY, Oswego, New York OWI 2017 final flyer


September 2, 2017 National Book Festival, with Ellen Oh, Tim Tingle, and Kwame Alexander, Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Signing 12:30 – 1:30 Hall C. Panel 2:50 – 3:35 PM Children’s Green Stage Hall A.

September 11, 2017, school visit, Brentwood High School, Los Angeles, California

September 12, 2017, 7 pm, bookstore presentation and signing, Vroman’s Bookstore, Los Angeles, California, with Lilliam Rivera. Event link here:

September 17, 2017, 12 PM, Brooklyn Book Festival, Telling Her Own Story. Girls are center stage on this panel with Tracey Baptiste, Dhonielle Clayton, Meg Medina, and Renée Watson as they discuss how their writing explores the complexities of girlhood and why it’s important for them to create bold, brave girls who, against many obstacles, find their way, speak their truth. Moderated by Moderator: Dhoneille Clayton

September 23, 2017, Arizona Council of Teachers of English conference, Phoenix, AZ

October 6, 2017, Riverside High School, Leesburg, VA

October 13 – 15, 2017 James River Writers Conference master class, Friday on writing characters; panels on Saturday.

October 19 -20, 2017, Virginia Children’s Book Festival, Longwood University, Farmville, VA


November 2 – 4, 2017, VAASL conference, Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA Saturday morning breakfast panel (Lamar Giles, Ruta Sepetys, Wendy Shang, Madelyn Rosenberg) and break out session

November 11, 2017, 4 – 4:40 PM, Tesseract, fundraising event for Richmond Young Writers, 2707 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA

November 15, 2017, National Book Awards presentation, Cipriani, 55 Wall Street, New York, NY


Friday 11/17:

11 – 12:15, Voice and Choice in the HS Classroom, with Cyndy Etler and Ellen Hopkins

Signing Candlewick booth 700, 12:30 – 1:30

2 – 3 PM The Revolution of Latinx Lit and its role in the ELA classroom, with Matt de la Peña, Steven Arenas, Dr. Marilisa Jimenez, Dr. Tracey Flores.

Saturday, 11/18:

12- 1:15 NCTE Middle Level Section Student Round Table session

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Middle Mosaic panel with Shanetia Clark, Jason Griffith, Soman Chainani, Ellen Oh, and Matt de la Peña

7 PM – 8 PM***Latinx in Publishing Meet-and-Greet*** Mango Restaurant, 101 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (walking distance from the convention center,)  Take a break from the conference. Enjoy Peruvian-inspired appetizers and meet your favorite Latino authors, publishing professionals, and academics from the NCTE Latino Caucus. Cash bar.

Sunday, 11/19:9:

9 AM – 9:45 AM signing at Random house booth #626 (Flying Lessons & Other Stories)

1 PM Stars of YA, at the St. Louis Public library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131, organized by The Novel Neighbor. I’ll appear with Laini Taylor, Holly Black, Neal Shusterman, Brendan Kiely, and Angi Thomas. Book signing follows.

4:30 pm, ALAN author meet-and-greet event

Monday, 11/20

St. Louis MO Public library hosts me at Soldan International High School and Grand Center Arts Academy.

Evening library event (free and open to the public) 7 – 8 PM. Book signing to follow

Tuesday, 11/21, ALAN conference, morning Keynote speaker, YA Lit and Defending the Immigrant Voice




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