Events, Workshops, Interviews

Appalachian Trail

VSC — September 2018
VCCA — November 2018
I’m grateful to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts for two (2!) blessed fricking months this fall to finish this long slog of a novel. How perfect that these mountain stops so dear to my heart will see me through.

[Special thanks to Illinois Arts Council]


[Special thanks to Illinois Arts Council]


Kentucky Great Writers Series: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning 
251 West Second St, Lexington KY 40507, 859.254.4175
Featured Authors Reading at Tuesday, Feb 9, 7:30 pm
TANIA JAMESThe Tusk that Did the Damage, NYT Editor’s Choice Author
TOM C. HUNLEY, Plunk, 2014 New Southerner Literary Award Semifinalist
PAULETTE LIVERS, Cementville, Elle Lettres Prize Winner
Book signings to follow. Books available for purchase at KY Great Writers Series from the Morris Book Shop. All Kentucky Great Writers readings are FREE and open to the public. No registration required. LexArts has provided funding support for the Kentucky Great Writers series through its Fund for the Arts. Coffee provided at all readings courtesy of Nate’s Coffee. Doors open at 6:00 pm for Open Mic Sign-Ups (first come, first served, 3-minute limit per reader) 6:30 pm – Open Mic, including a reading by Carnegie Center Author Academy students

Kentucky Women’s Book Festival: March 5, 2016  Celebrating its 10th year
Featuring authors/presenters: Crystal Wilkinson, Jan Arnow, Julie Marie Wade, Tania James, Tajuana “TJ” Butler; Paulette Livers, Karon Cotton McDaniel, Deirdre Scaggs, Cheri Powell, & Carridder M. Jones (co-founder of the Festival). Key sponsors: U of L Women’s Center and University Libraries.


Interview with Jason Pettus, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography here.

Radio interview with Bulgarian poet, translator, and publisher Katerina Stoykova-Klemer on Accents – A Radio Show for Literature, Art and Culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington, KY

Interview with Christine Sneed here at her blog.

Interview with Patricia Ann McNair here at The Writer’s Handful.

The Writer’s Process Blog Tour

PAST READINGS (in reverse order)


Friday, Oct 9Prairie Path Books, 7pm, 303 E Front St, Wheaton IL 60187. Reading and conversation with novelist Christine Sneed, author of Paris, He Said.

Writing Workshop: Mining Backstory. Wednesdays, Sept 16–Nov 11,  Story Studio Chicago. 4043 N. Ravenswood, #222, Chicago, IL 60613, 773.477.7710.

September 21, 2015The Book Stall, 7pm, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka IL 60093. Please come and talk books with me and Christine Sneed, author of Paris, He Said. Her work has been praised by O Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Booklist and many others as original, absorbing, and cutting to the chase about questions we all end up asking ourselves.

Saturday, Sept 19, 2-4pm. Lincoln’s Loft Bookstore, Hodgenville, KY. 25 Lincoln Square Hodgenville, KY 42748,  270-358-0124.

Thursday, Sept 17Book Club meeting, Louisville, KY.  By the way, all you book groups out there: I’d love to come see you.  Really. Just ask.


Saturday & Sunday, Sept 12 & 13, 10-5pm. Slice Literary Writers’ Conference.  St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY. Happy to be part of the 5th annual conference put on by Slice magazine. Our Sunday afternoon panel will be moderated by Noah Ballard, Agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. And check out my company of other panelists: Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth), Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing), and Patricia Park (Re Jane)Bring all your questions about what happens after you sign the book deal. For descriptions of all the panels and workshops, and to register for the conference, go here.

Saturday, Sept 6, 3-5pm, at the Side Project Theatre, 1439 W Jarvis AveChristopher Rosales is coming to Chicago to celebrate the release of his debut novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the KeeperMixer Publishing has invitedChicago area writers to kickoff Christopher’s new novel. Brenna KischukWeiyi KongRichard Thomas, and Adam Webster. Oh—and me.

Saturday, July 18, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft” at the Louisville campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. I’ll be leading a session at the fourth annual conference sponsored by Women Who Write—this day-long event is open to member and non-member women, as well as men and students.

Thursday, July 9, Squaw Valley Community of Writers Click the Squaw link to see the incredible lineup of faculty and special guests at this historic summer workshop (July 6-13). Some other Squaw alumni and I will be reading and discussing our work Thursday night at an open-to-the-public event.

Monday, June 29, Story Studio Chicago,  4043 N. Ravenswood, #222, Chicago, IL 60613, 773.477.7710. I’ll be teaching a one-night class on the creation and uses of character backstory in fiction, an introduction to the full-session class coming this fall. Visit the Story Studio website to register.

Tuesday, June 23, 7pm The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street, NY. 
Dylan Landis (Rainey Royal), Rebecca Makkai (The Hundred Year House), and Paulette Livers (Cementville) will read and talk with the audience about our novels, all released in paperback this spring. Rebecca is also celebrating a brand new story collection, Music for Wartime!

May 20, 7pm, The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago.
Local Author Night. With Jennifer Jordan and Angela Doll Carson and myself.

April 17-18 Southern Kentucky Book Fest at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. I’ll be leading a workshop on Friday, Apr 17. On Saturday, April 18, 10am,  Jamie Ford, Michael Morris, and I will discuss and read from recent work. 


Nov 1533rd Annual Kentucky Book Fair. Joseph Beth Books will be selling titles by 150 attending authors. Profits are donated to Kentucky’s public school and libraries, so every book you buy will help put books in the hands of Kentuckians. Call (502) 564-8300, ext. 297, or contact director Connie A. Crowe,, or check out the FAQ sheet hereFrankfort Convention Center (directions here) in the Commonwealth’s Capital City.

Oct 25
InPrint Bookfair. 
InPrint Radio interview during the annual book fair, where I will also participate in a panel discussion and sign books. Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 406 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103

Oct 16
A visit with Chlachain Book Group, 7:30 p.m., Mallaig, Scotland

Oct 15
A visit with Edinburgh Writers Group, 6 p.m., Fountainbridge Library, Edinburgh, Scotland

Oct 11
Indiana Writers Consortium.  
I’ll be leading a writing workshop and signing books this year at the IWC Creative Writing ConferenceHilton Garden Inn, 7775 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, Indiana.

Sept 30-Oct 2
Heartland Fall Forum,  annual regional trade show co-sponsored by Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Sept 23, 6:30pm
Chicago Center for Literature and PhotographyThe September edition of CCLaP Showcase will be at City Lit in the Logan Square neighborhood, 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago.

Sept 19-20 SIBA Conference, Norfolk, VA  Southern Indie Booksellers Association Trade Show Friday, 2pm, I will be signing copies of Cementville in the PGW/Perseus booth Friday, 4pm, I will moderate a panel of 4 authors discussing WARTIME FICTION: Laird Hunt, Michael Pitre, Allegra Jordan, and Olivia deBelle Byrd.

Sunday, Sept 14, 7 pm Stars with Accents reading and Q&A by Leatha Kendrick, Paulette Livers, and Lisa Williams, moderated by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. Carnegie Center, 251 W 2nd Street, Lexington KY. This free event is open to the public, and marks the end of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Tuesday, Sept 16, 7 pm Discussion and book signing at the Louisville Free Public Library’s Crescent Hill Branch, 2762 Frankfort Avenue. Books will be available for purchase at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue (and wherever books are sold but not at the library) before the event. Louisville, KY

Sunday, Sept 7, 6 pm Author event at KBG Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 (212) 505-3360. Jessica Anya Blau (Wonder Bread Summer, Drinking Closer to Home) and Paula Bomer (Inside Madeleine, Nine Months) will join me for an evening of lively book talk

Thursday, June 12, 6:30pm  Reading from Cementville and conversation with Chicago author Don DeGrazia (American Skin) at City Lit Books in Logan Square at 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago

Saturday, June 7   Printers Row Lit Fest I’ll be in conversation with Cara Hoffman (Be Safe I Love You, So Much Pretty) and Chicago Tribune journalist Steve Mills at this long-established and internationally known celebration of books in the Printers Row District of Chicago. Visit the website for details and FAQs. Some events will require advance reservations, but are still free.

Sunday, May 18, 7 pm   Sunday Salon Chicago  Reading with 3 other writers at Black Rock Pub, 3614 N. Damen Ave, Chicago. Street parking available, also accessible by Brown Line and buses. I am excited to be reading with Edward Kelsey Moore, award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat; Phong Nguyen, author of Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History and Memory Sickness and co-editor, with Dan Chaon, of Nancy Hale: The Life and Work of a Lost American Master; and attorney, novelist, and award-winning journalist, Randy Richardson, author of Wrigley Field mystery Lost in the Ivy and Cheeseland. Follow Sunday Salon on Facebook!!/Sunday.Salon.Chicago

Thursday, March 27th, 7:30 pm Boulder Bookstore 1107 Pearl Street, on the Pearl Street Mall

Wednesday, March 26th, 7:30 pm Tattered Cover 2526 East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street, Denver, CO

Thursday, March 20th, 7:30 pm Women and Children First — Chicago Launch Party 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago

Tuesday March 18th, 7 pm Margaret Mitchell House — Lecture and Signing 990 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA

Sunday, March 16th, 2 pm 5th Street Cafe — Reading and Signing 113 /115 East 5th Street, Millersburg, KY

Saturday, March 15th, 2 pm Nelson County Library and Bardstown Booksellers —Reception, Reading, and Signing 201 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown, KY 502-348-3714

Wednesday, March 12th, 6pm The Morris Book Shop 882 E. High Street, Lexington, KY

Tuesday, March 11, 7pm Carmichael’s Bookstore 2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY

Note: Library and bookstore event managers, if you are interested in having me visit, please contact Megan Fishmann, Publicity Director at Counterpoint Press.

Book club readers, I would be pleased to join you via Skype or, when possible, in person. Feel free to look over the topics for discussion presented on my Book Clubs page. Please contact me here. Leave comments and replies at contact page.