News & Events

Check here for a list of upcoming events and interviews. If you’re interested in hosting an event or conducting an interview, please get in touch via the “Contact Me” page. Cilla and I love meeting new readers!

Upcoming Events

Grace Lin’s Mulan: Before the Sword Book Launch!

Sunday, February 9, 3pm

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
CambridgeMA 02140

Grace Lin will be celebrating the launch of her latest middle grade novel, Mulan: Before the Sword, and I’m delighted to say I’ll be there in conversation with her!  Come and celebrate with us!!  A link to the site can be found above, and a description of the incredible book is below!!

From Newbery-winner Grace Lin comes a Mulan prequel novel full of adventure and wonder. When Hua Mulan’s beloved little sister is bitten by a poisonous spider, Mulan embarks on a quest filled with incredible encounters and obstacles in order to save her.

This original middle grade tale filled with adventure and wonder is set just before the events that transpire in the upcoming Walt Disney Studios live action film. The legend of Mulan is beloved by fans all over the world and Mulan: Before the Sword is sure to inspire a new generation. Grace Lin is not only a brilliant author, she’s also a talented illustrator who painted the stunning cover!

Saturday Morning Storytime at the Silver Unicorn!

Saturday, November 30, 11-1

12 Spruce St, Acton, MA 01720

Come and join me at one of my favorite local independent bookstores for a storytime! I’ll be reading from my new picturebook,  Piece by Piece.  This will be the perfect way to spend Saturday morning, especially after the big Thanksgiving feast! And, if you’ve still got family in town, this might be the perfect inspiration for visiting the Museum!


CAS Authorfest: Author & Illustrator Book Signing Event

Wednesday, November 6, 3:14-5:30

Zervas School, 20 Beethoven Ave, Waban MA

Come and meet a huge range of AMAZING authors and illustrators at Zervas Elementary, for a signing following Newton’s Creative Arts and Sciences Authorfest!

5th Annual nErDCampLI!

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8-2:00, book signing (open to all!) from 2-3:30!

Boyd Intermediate School, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Huntington, NY 11743


MG Panel at Eight Cousins Books with Rajani LaRocca and Jennifer Blecher!

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 4 pm

Eight Cousins Books

198 Main Street

Falmouth, MA 02540

Middle Grade Author Event: Midsummer Mayhem with Rajani LaRocca & Jarrett Lerner!

Sunday June 23, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00 pm

Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton MA

Three authors in the store at once? What a midsummer treat!

We will welcome back Susan Tan, author of the popular Cilla Lee-Jenkins series! Susan was the 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow at the Writer’s Room in Boston and recently released Cilla Lee-Jenkins The Epic Story in March.

Two fantastic middle-grade authors will join Susan for this event, Jarrett Lerner and Rajani LaRocca.  Jarrett, who lives in Medford, is the author of 2018 Global Read Aloud finalist EngiNerds and its sequel, Revenge of the EngiNerds. Rajani is the author of debut novel Midsummer’s Mayhemwhich recently received a Kirkus Starred Review!

We look forward to a fun, joyful, and lively event with these three authors!


Gaithersburg Book Festival

Saturday May 18, 2019

Gaithersburg, VA


Join me in the Jim Henson Pavilion with the incredible Ellen Oh for a discussion of books, writing, embarrassing childhood stories, and more!

Book Launch for Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story!

You’re invited! Come and join me for a reading, signing, raffle, and more! There will be a new cardboard cutout Cilla, tons of Cilla pins, and of course, LOTS of dessert.  All are welcome!!

Sunday, March 24, 3pm

Porter Square Books

25 White Street, Cambridge MA

Smack Dab in the Middle: Middle Grade Author Author Festival

Saturday March 23, 1-4PM

Dedham Public Library

43 Church St, Dedham MA

Free Writing Workshops for kids ages 10-14 from 12-12:45.  If you want to attend a writing workshop you can sign up here!  This event is free and open to all!


Reading Pays — Pass it On!

Thursday November 15, 6:30-7:30

St. Louis Public Library-Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave, St. Louis 63109

Kids grades 3-5

Join me for an evening of Cilla stories!  I’ll be talking about how I wrote Cilla, and how Cilla draws on events from my life (many of which took place in Missouri!).  And you can pick up a free copy of Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire at any SLPL location while supplies last!


MG Author Panel at Wellesley Books

Saturday October 28, 4 pm

Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482


Meet and Greet at the Ames Free Library

Saturday October 27, 11 AM

Please join me for a Meet and Greet, where I’ll be answering questions about writing, stories, traditions, and anything and everything children’s literature related!

Ames Free Library, 53 Main Street, North Easton MA 02356

More Information Here!


*DATE CHANGE*  Book Launch for Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is A Classic

Sunday March 25, Noon
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge MA

Please join me to celebrate the launch of the second book in the Cilla series! There will be cookies, cake, raffle prizes, and a few other surprises. All are welcome!

More Information can be found here at the Porter Square Books website.

Susan Tan Presents: Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is A Classic

Sunday April 8, 3-4PM
The Concord Bookshop, 65 Main Street, Concord MA

Newtonville Books: Crafts and Readings from Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is A Classic

Saturday May 5, 11:30 AM
Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton MA


Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is A Classic at Belmont Books

Sunday May 20, 1PM
79 Leonard St, Belmont MA



  • Interview in Sampan, New England’s only bi-lingual English-Chinese Newspaper (8/18/17)
  • Interview in The Concord Journal (7/17/17)

Cilla on the go!

A cardboard cutout of Cilla comes with me to all my events. Here are some photos of our traveling adventures. Maybe we’ll see you in your town or local bookshop sometime soon!