Photo by Joe Alvarez for Russell Gearhart Photography Author Kristen Kittscher's book launch for her middle-grade novel The Tiara on the Terrace, at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA on Jan. 3, 2016.

Joe Alvarez for Russell Gearhart Photography – Tiara on the Terrace Book Launch 1/3/16

April 10, 10:30 a.m.  Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC, Los Angeles, CA
“Adventure with a Smirk” with Pseudonymous Bosch, Eddie Pittman, and Stuart Gibbs

April 16, 4:30 p.m., R.J. Julia, Madison, CT (w/ Ammi-Joan Paquette, and Corey Ann Haydu)

April 18, 7:00 p.m.,  McNally JacksonNew York, NY – (w/Alison Cherry, Lauren Magaziner, Michelle Schusterman)

April 23, 1:00 p.m., Children’s Book Writers – Los Angeles Workshop: “Beyond the Book Deal: Charting the Path Ahead.” – El Segundo Library, El Segundo, CA

April 24, 1:00 p.m., Books of Wonder, “Great Middle Grade Reads” Panel w/ Natalie Standiford, Peter Brown, Alison Cherry, and Tommy Greenwald.

July 11 – 12, Nerd Camp / Nerd Camp Jr., Western High School, Parma, Michigan

Just Missed Events

February 15, 2:00 p.m. “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Green Bean Books, Portland, OR

February 23, 7:00 p.m.  Queen Anne Book Co, Seattle, WA (w/ Kirby Larson & Linda Johns)

February 25 – 29, Left Coast Crime Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Madcap Mysteries” Panel moderated by Diane Vallere on Saturday, 2/27 from 3-4 in Ellis West

March 5, 2:00 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
(This Kids’ Book Club event will be open to the public!)

March 14, 4:00 p.m., Copperfield’s BooksPetaluma, CA

December 29 – December 31, Live on Green Rose Parade Festival, Pasadena, CA
Excited to celebrate The Tiara on the Terrace‘s inspiration with my audiobook narrator, actor Amanda Philipson, who’ll join me for 5 special performances and presentations in the Spirit Theater, following by book signings at the Once Upon A Time Bookstore pop-up shop. You can even take some spy pictures in Russell Gearhart‘s awesome photo booth! Check the schedule for times and details.

A little preview of Amanda’s performance below!

January 3, 2016, 4 p.m. THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE LAUNCH PARTY!! 
The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Invite72dpiCome celebrate the launch of The Tiara on the Terrace with me! We’ll enjoy root beer floats provided by famous Mother Moo Creamery, spy games, prizes, faux float decorating for kids, as well as other refreshments and photo booth fun from Russell Gearhart. Books will be sold by Once Upon A Time Bookstore on site. Stop by and see the Tournament of Roses parade floats on display just before and make an afternoon of it!

January 7, 7 p.m. Launch “Afterparty” at Warwicks, La Jolla, CA
The party continues! My mom wouldn’t forgive me if we didn’t celebrate the launch with her, after all:-)

January 13, 6 p.m. “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Pegasus BooksBerkeley, CA
I’ll be joining middle grade authors Anne Nesbet (CABINET OF EARTHS, THE WRINKLED CROWN) and Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (THE GUARDIAN HERD series) in the Bay Area for school visits and fun events.

January 14, 6 p.m., “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Books Inc. – Laurel VillageSan Francisco, CA

January 15, 6 p.m., “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

January 17, 4 p.m. “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Chevalier’s Books, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Anne Nesbet)

January 19, Time TBD, Joseph Beth Booksellers (Madison Rd), Cincinnati, OH

January 21, 6:00 p.m., East Coast Launch Party, The Mysterious Bookshop, New York, NY


November 21, 2015 – National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention
(NCTE), Minneapolis, MN

Panel at 1:15 – 2:30: “Bridging the Gender Divide: Humor and The Art of Engaging All Readers” w/ Jenni Holm, Caroline Carlson, Heidi Schulz, Kim Baker.

November 22, 2015, 2 p.m. – LoftPromoSecond Story Reading Series, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Honored to be joining author Varian Johnson (GREAT GREENE HEIST) to spotlight mysteries for young readers as part of Second Story’s annual reading series. SPY-themed food at the reception afterwards!


November 6, 2015, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., California Library Association – California Young Reader Medal Tea & Author Signing – Civic Center, Pasadena

LaunchWestkids copyOctober 24, 2015, 6 p.m. — Southern California Independent Bookstore Association Trade Show, Author Reception/Signing, North Hollywood, CA

October 29, 2015, 2 p.m. — Chandler School Book Fair, Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

October 14, 2015 – Educator Reception, Barnes & Noble, Torrance, CA

September 11, 2015 SCBWI-LA – Working Writers’ Retreat – “First Pages” Panel

I’ll be on the faculty of this fantastic weekend of critiquing and camaraderie in Encino. Editors and agents from Roaring Brook, HarperCollins, and Andrea Brown Literary Agency will be joining.

August 13, 2015, 7pm – Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Mystery authors Jenny Milchman, Naomi Hirahara, Steph Cha and I will be celebrating Jenny’s newest release with a roundtable discussion on writing crime fiction.

July 6 & 7, 2015  (all day) –  Nerd Camp / Nerd Camp Junior, Parma, Michigan

Teacher extraordinare Colby Sharp has organized two full days of writing and reading fun for teachers and kids! Spots may be full, but if not, come along for a chance to meet a star line-up of authors and illustrators, including Jenni Holm, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Lauren Castillo, and more. 

July 9, 2015, 7 p.m., Anderson’s Bookstore, Naperville, IL ( w/ Tricia Springstubb, Kate Hannigan, and Tracy Holczer)

Join three authors for a kids’ game show as Anderson’s kicks off its annual summer sidewalk sale.

July 10, 2015 – 7 p.m., Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, IL (w/ Kate Hannigan)

I’ll be chatting mystery writing for kids with Kate Hannigan, author of The Detective’s Assistant and Cupcake Cousins.

July 11, 2015 – 12:00 p.m. – 57th Street BooBNWigPosterForEventsPage? copyks – Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

Join me, Lori Rader-Day, Kate Hannigan, and Suzanne Calkins to celebrate Women (and Girls) of Mystery by talking female sleuths in children’s & adult fiction.



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