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

August 25, 2017, Young Writers’ Workshop, Pasadena Library, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

July 7, 2017, Summer Writing Camp, South Pasadena Library, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

June 10, 2017, California Crime Writers’ Conference,  Culver City, CA
“Writing Mysteries for Young Readers” panel, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

March 22, 2017, Pen Center USA‘s “YA Resists” at Skylight Books, 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles, CA
Join me and 11 other authors of books for teens and young readers as we read selections from books that highlight activism and resistance. I’ll be reading from one of my favorites, Rita Williams-Garcia’s ONE CRAZY SUMMER.

January 23 – 27, 2017, Santa Barbara County Education Office Author Go Round (weeklong, for grades 5 – 8)

[Note: School visits currently booked through winter 2017, though feel free to inquire here in case of openings. Virtual classroom visits also available.]

Just Missed Events

November 4 – 5, 2016, California Reading Association 49th Annual Institute, Visalia, CA

October 1, 2016  Santa Barbara County 61st Annual Breakfast with the Authors, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA

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

August 27, Barnes & Noble – The Grove, “Summer Reading Triathlon” awards celebration, 11 a.m.

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

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

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

April 15, 12:00 p.m.Association of Independent School Librarians (AILS) annual meeting, Viewpoint School, Calabassas, CA

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

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

March 5, 2:00 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
Honored THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE is a Kids’ Club Read Pick for March!

February 25 – 29, Left Coast Crime Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Madcap Mysteries” Panel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 13, 6 p.m. “Royally Fun Reads” Tour, Pegasus BooksBerkeley, CA

January 7, 7 p.m., Warwick’s Bookstore, La Jolla, CA, 7 p.m.

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!

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!


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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