Past Events

April 13, 2018

Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Institute; San Francisco, CA

10:45-11:50: Author/Illustrator panel (Video here!)

3:15-4: Reading, talk, and Q & A (Video here!)


April 9, 2018

Fresno State University; Fresno, CA

6:30: Reception

7:00: Talk, reading, Q & A, and signing


January 9, 2018

Bank Street School for Children; New York, NY

3:30 -5 pm: Talk, reading, Q & A, and signing (Video here!)


November 2, 2017

CAC Theater; Wichita State University; Wichita, KS

6:30 pm: Talk, reading, and Q & A


October 9, 2017

Illinois Safe Schools Symposium; University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, Chicago, IL

8:20 – 9:20 am: Opening discourse and discussion


September 25, 2017

California State University Northridge; Oviatt Library, Northridge, CA

2-4 pm: Banned Books Readout speaker


July 20-29, 2017

Andy’s Summer Playhouse; Wilton, NH

GEORGE/MELISSA, SO FAR, a play adaptation written by Jess Barbagallo last year at Andy’s, on the mainstage.


July 10-11, 2017

nErD Camp MI; Parma, MI

10:30-12 pm: 30 Reasons You NEED To Read Diverse Stories In Your Classroom

Pre-conference panel with Kathy Burnette, Juana Medina, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich; moderated by Tracey Baptiste

2:20-3:10 pm: Lights, Camera … Fiction!

Panel on performance in middle grade literature with Barbara Dee and Brooks Benjamin


July 7-8, 2017

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference; Los Angeles, CA

July 7, 3-4pm: Transforming Life Into Art, Platinum Ballroom

Panel with Aisha Saaed, Ruta Sepetys, and Kim Turrisi

July 8, 3:15-4:15: Revise & Resubmit: The Life of a Book, Diamond 5

Workshop with my fabulous agent, Jennifer Laughran

July 8, 4:30-5:30: Autographing party, Platinum Foyer


June 13, 2017

6 pm: Reading and Q&A at Flyleaf Books; Chapel Hill, NC


June 11, 2017

2pm: bbgb tales for kids; Richmond, VA



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Keynote, Standing Proud: Becoming LGBTQ Role Models in Schools; The Center, New York, NY


Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Expo America; New York, NY

2 – 2:50 pm: Following Up After Fouling Up: Real Talk About Real Apologies

Panel presented by We Need Diverse Books with Justina Ireland, Daniel Jose Older, Kiera Parrott, Renee Watson; moderated by Dr. Laura Jimenez


Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Jersey Trans Youth Forum; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2:30-4 pm (tentative): Panel on Trans Youth Fiction

Panel with Tyler Ford, Meredith Russo, and Pat Schmatz. Moderated by Kyle Lukoff


March 21, 2017

The Common School; Amherst, MA

6:30 pm: Reading, Q & A, and signing


November 11-12, 2016

YALLFest; Charleston, SC


September 22, 2016

Göteborg Book Fair; Göteborg, Sweden


September 21, 2016

Literaturhaus; Frankfurt, Germany


September 19, 2016

Harbour Front Literaturfestival; Hamburg, Germany

September 14-16. 2016

Internationales Literaturfestival; Berlin, Germany

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July 8-15, 2016

Andy’s Summer Playhouse; Wilton NH

The Greenhouse adapted GEORGE for the stage!!


June 23-28, 2016

American Library Association Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL

Friday, June 24, 5;45-6:45 pm: It’s Not Just a G Thing: Exploring the LBTQ (and Beyond) in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature Panel

Saturday, June 25, 12-1 pm: What Are the Next Steps for Making Diversity in Publishing a Reality We Need Diverse Books Panel

Sunday, June 26, 3-4 pm: Book Signing at Scholastic Booth #1236

Monday, June 27, 10-12 pm: Stonewall Awards Ceremony


May 19, 2016

Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore; Indianapolis, IN

6 pm: Reading and Q & A


May 17, 2016

Ferndale Public Library; Ferndale, MI

6:30 pm: Reading and Q & A in connection with Book Beat


May 16, 2016

Common Language Bookstore; Ann Arbor, MI

6:30 pm: Reading, Q & A, and Reception


April 30 – May 1, 2016

YALLWEST Book Festival; Santa Monica, CA


April 22-23, 2016

North Texas Teen Book Festival; Irving, TX


April 21, 2016

Texas Library Association Annual Conference; Houston, TX

10-11:50 am: Diversity in Action with Children’s Literature Panel


April 7, 2015

Changing Hands Bookstore; Tempe, AZ

7 pm: Reading and Q & A with fellow Stonewall Award Winner Bill Konigsberg!


March 26, 2016

University Bookstore; Seattle, WA

3 pm: Reading and Q & A


March 19, 2016

Oakland Public Library Main Branch (125 14th St) Children’s Room; Oakland, CA

3 pm: Reading and discussion; Books available for check-out and for sale courtesy Laurel Bookstore

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March 8, 2016

San Francisco Public Library Main Branch (100 Larkin St); San Francisco, CA

6 pm: RADAR Productions Presents: March Queer Reading Series hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera


March 2, 2016

Kepler’s Books; Menlo Park, CA

7 pm: Reading, Q&A and Signing

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November 28, 2015

Berkeley, CA at Mrs. Dalloway’s Books in connection with Indies First/Small Business Saturday!

2:00-3:00: Making gift recommendations and signing books


November 22, 2015

Richmond, VA at Fountain Bookstore

Special guests:  Cindy & Steve Gino (a.k.a. Alex’s Mom & Dad)

2:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session


November 18. 2015

Frederick, MD at Curious Iguana

7:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session



November 17, 2015

New York, NY at The Strand Bookstores

4:00 pm: Signing stock (no reading or presentation)

alex with super grover


November 16, 2015

Montclair, NJ at Wachtung Booksellers

 7:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session


November 14 & 15, 2015

Nov 14: Rosemont PA at Rosemont College

Nov 15: Wynnewood, PA at Friends’ Central School

Celebrate Diverse Literature Conference in connection with Children’s Book World

2:30-3:30 pm: “Beyond ‘Boy’ Books and ‘Girl’ Books” Panel

4:45-5:30 pm : Book signing reception

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(Does anyone have a photo of the amazing dream team I shared a stage with?  Becky Albertalli, Corinne Duyvis, Sara Farizan, I. W. Gregorio, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Katherine Locke moderating!!)


November 13, 2015

Emmaus PA at Let’s Play Books!

4:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session



November 12, 2015

Shelburne, VT at Flying Pig Bookstore

4:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session


November 11, 2015

Dedham, MA at Blue Bunny Bookstore

4:30 pm: Reading and Q&A Session


November 10, 2015

Falmouth, MA at Morse Pond Middle School Library

In Connection with Eight Cousins Bookstore

7:00 pm: Reading and Q&A Session

 alex at morse pond middle school falmouth ma


November 9. 2015

South Hadley, MA at Odyssey Bookshop

6:00 pm: Chat with Lesléa Newman!!

alex with leslea newman


November 7, 2015

Philadelphia, PA at The University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center

In connection with PennGALA and Penn Homecoming

3:30 pm: “Trans Youth: Exploring the Coming Out Process” Panel


September 29, 2015

Pegasus Books on Solano, Berkeley, CA

7:30 pm: Happy Hour Stories


September 20, 2015

Brooklyn Book Festival; Brooklyn, NY

3 pm: Discussion with I.W. Gregorio, and Adam Silvera; moderated by David Levithan


September 19, 2015

Oblong Books; Rhinebeck, NY

4 pm with David Levithan


August 29, 2015

Laurel Bookstore; Oakland, CA

Book Launch Party at 4 pm!!!!!



August 13, 2015

SLJ SummerTeen 2015

Online Teen Transgender Experience Panel at 1:30 pm Eastern US


June 27, 2015

American Library Association Annual Conference: San Francisco, CA


GEORGE with her stars!

Book Buzz Theater;  9:30-10:30 am

ALA15 readers theater

L-R: David Levithan narrating, me as George, Edwidge Danticat as Mom, and Jen Nielsen as Kelly

Meet the Author;  2:00-3:00 pm


We three queers were all signing books at the same time! (L-R: me, Bill Konigsberrg, and David Levithan)


May 29, 2015

Book Expo America; New York, NY


GEORGE ‘n’ me, just hangin’ out in the Scholastic booth.

Middle Grade Buzz Panel; 1:00-1:30pm


with (L-R), Jenny Brown, Adam Shaughnessy, Lisa Lewis Tyre, Ali Benjamin, and Nicholas Gannon

Signing Area; Table 3; 2:30-3:30 pm


with my stellar publicist, Sheila Marie Everett











April 20, 2015

Children’s Insitute; Pasadena, CA

Scholastic Meet and Treat After-Party


with world traveler Peepy.