#MyrtleMondays: Fall Virtual Events Schedule

This strange new virtual world we’ve been thrust into actually means we have all sorts of new opportunities springing up! This fall, I am excited to be able to add more events than ever before to my schedule. In addition to virtual school visits, I have a wonderful virtual bookstore tour shaping up, with more appearances added all the time. Tune in to see any (or all!) of these upcoming events featuring the Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries:

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

Friday, October 2              12:30 pm CT

Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

Tuesday, October 6           6:00 pm CT

Utah Humanities Book Festival with The Book Bungalow

Saturday, October 10       2:00 pm CT

Booked, Evanston, IL

Wednesday, October 14      (time TBA)

School Library Journal Day of Dialog

Pre-recorded appearance at the Algonquin Young Readers Virtual Booth

Thursday, October 15

Highcroft Elementary School with The Novel Neighbor, St. Louis

Thursday, October 22             10:00 am CT/11:00 am ET

Blue Willow Bookshop & School Visit (TBA), Houston, TX 

Monday, October 26               (time TBA)

Silver Unicorn Books, Acton, MA

Wednesday, October 28    2:00 pm CT/3:00 pm ET

Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, IL

Spooky Halloween event for kids with Sarah Jean Horwitz and Will Ritter

Friday, October 30           7:00 pm CT

Oak Park Barnes & Noble, Overland Park, KS


Johnson County Library Writers Conference, Overland Park, KS

Workshop: “Character Building: How to Create Great Characters for Your Stories”

Sunday, November 17        1:00 pm CT


I would love to Zoom by and talk to your students, patrons, or customers! Contact me if you’d like to book an appearance, or let your local bookstore know!

Hope to see you online soon!

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