If you live in or near Batavia, New York, I’ll be visiting the Richmond Memorial Library there for a book talk on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 6:30, in the Gallery Room. Join us! Here’s a link.
It came as a lovely surprise that the warm and wonderful poet Georgia Bellas wanted to feature some of my short fiction on her award-winning radio hour, Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon. She did such an amazing job reading my stories and weaving in beautiful music. Here’s a link to the podcast, if you’d like to listen.
Paul Brookes invited me on his book blog to discuss my writing. (Thank you, Paul!) Here’s a link, if you want to read the interview.
I’m thrilled the gorgeous literary journal Storm Cellar includes my poem “Conservation” in its latest issue. Here’s a link, if you want to learn about or subscribe to this topnotch magazine.
A heartfelt thanks to those generous bloggers out there like Book Birds and Books at Dawn who are featuring UNLEAVING and helping my book reach readers. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart!
A big thank-you to Booklist for featuring UNLEAVING in its “Review of the Day” series (and for talking about my book so kindly, too)! Click here!
The New York City Teen Author Festival 2019 is coming up quickly! Click here for more info! If you live in or near NYC, I would love to meet you! These are the three events that I’m taking part in:
I love hearing from people who enjoyed THE BELOVED WILD and am grateful when they take the time to share their thoughts about the book on Goodreads or in their blogs. Kiss the Book, a wonderful blog that includes librarians’ reviews of children’s literature, had such nice things to say about my historical YA debut. Reviewer C. Peterson wrote, “I got caught up in the book and totally enjoyed it. Harriet is spunky and although she sometimes makes immature decisions, it’s fun to watch her grow-up and learn from the world around her.” Here’s a link if you want to read the entire review and learn about the other books the reviewers are recommending.
Every year, the Amelia Bloomer Project (part of the American Library Association’s Feminist Task Force) recommends books with significant feminist content, and I’m thrilled and honored that the committee selected THE BELOVED WILD. Here’s the complete 2019 list, if you want to check it out.
I’d like to thank all of the wonderful media groups and book bloggers who are reading and sharing Unleaving, my YA contemporary novel coming out on March 26, 2019. They include…
I’m thrilled and honored that two excellent literary journals recently nominated stories I published last year for the Best Small Fictions 2019 award. Thank you, Passages North, for nominating “Ruinous Finality,” and thanks, New South Journal, for selecting “Strategies for Elegy.”
Unleaving received its first professional review, and I’M SO EXCITED! It’s over on my Novels page, if you want to check it out. (Thank you, Booklist!)
Fierce Reads is doing a Goodreads giveaway of an advanced copy of my forthcoming novel Unleaving. Check it out!
I’m so happy Kendall Jr./Sr. High School invited me to be the guest author for World Read Aloud Day on Friday, February 1. I taught English at Kendall for eleven years, so the school holds a special place in my heart. I’ll be reading from my books and discussing writing with students, and I can’t wait! I have some other high school, college, and library visits coming up in the next few months. The one at Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, New York, on April 9, 2019, at 6:30, is open to the public, and if you live in the area, I’d love to see you there!
I am honored and touched that the Orleans Hub named me one of Orleans County’s 2018 Outstanding Citizens. A heartfelt thank-you to that newspaper’s wonderful editor, Tom Rivers. Here’s Tom’s article, if you want to check it out: orleanshub.com Also, if you live in or near Orleans County, New York, please feel free to stop by and say hello on the occasion of the awards ceremony. It will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Hoag Library in Albion. Click here…
The wonderful MG and YA lit blog POP! GOES THE READER has up its 150 most-anticipated young adult books of 2019, and I’m thrilled that Unleaving is included. (Thank you, book blogger Jen!) Click here for the list…
The 2019 NYC Teen Author Festival is coming up at the end of March, and I’m excited to take part in the events again this year. I will be signing copies of Unleaving and participating in a panel or two on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. I’ll share the specific details soon! Here’s the Facebook event page….
If you’re in the Webster, New York, area on Saturday, December 1, please stop by Barnes & Noble and say hello. I will be signing copies of The Beloved Wild there from 3:00 to 5:00 and would love to see you!
On Saturday, December 8, I’ll be signing copies of The Beloved Wild from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Barnes & Noble in Greece, New York. This event supports the Greece Arcadia Library Bookfair fundraiser. Plus, it’s Educator Shopping Day, which means all educator cardholders will receive 25% off their personal purchases and 10% off in the café. It should be a fun day, and I would love to meet you if you happen to live in the area!
I’m so grateful that the wonderful writer Kirby Larson hosted me on her “Friend Friday” blog. I wrote about the boy-disguise trope featured in so many historical novels, including my own, The Beloved Wild. Here’s a link…
It makes me happy to see The Beloved Wild mentioned in my alma mater’s magazine. The news of my publication was included in the college’s online newsletter, too. Here’s a link…
Thanks, BuzzFeed, for recommending The Beloved Wild in “5 Historical Fiction Reads for the Teen in Your Life” (and for giving me four more books to add to my own TBR pile!) Here’s the article…
How wonderful to see The Beloved Wild get some local love! Thanks for the great review in The Buffalo News, Jean Westmoore! Here’s what Jean has to say…
Kester, the bright and wonderful creator of LILbooKlovers, interviewed me. I love the questions he asked! Here’s our conversation…
Deborah Kalb, the writer and blogger, interviewed me. She’s a history buff, and that really shows in the great questions she posed. Here is the interview, if you’d like to check it out… Click here.
The Amelia Bloomer Project blog creates an annual booklist of the best feminist novels for young readers, and I’m thrilled to see that The Beloved Wild was nominated for the 2019 list!
On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:00, I’ll be at the Mendon Public Library to read from and discuss my YA debut, The Beloved Wild. Teens and adults are welcome to attend the evening event, but please call soon to register: 585-624-6067.
I had a nice conversation with the local reporter Matt Krueger, and he wrote a sweet article for The Daily News. Here it is!
Adventures in YA Publishing interviewed me. I love the questions they asked. If you’re interested in checking out this interview, you can read it here.
Writer’s Bone is a terrific platform for authors. It offers especially wonderful audio interviews. I’m so lucky and happy that they invited me to be one of their interviewees. If you’d like to listen to me chat with Caitlin, a smart, kind podcaster, Here’s a link.
Fierce Reads invited me to submit a post for their YA author blog. I wrote about the inspiration for The Beloved Wild. Here’s my piece!
Monkeybicycle, one of the best online literary journals out there, runs a fabulous series for debut authors called “If My Book.” In each installment, the writer compares his or her new novel to something interesting and (oftentimes) strange. James Tate Hill, the magazine’s wonderful fiction editor, invited me to try my hand at a response. It was a fun exercise! You can read what I came up with here.
Kester, the smart and fabulous creator of the book blog LILbooKlovers, writes lovely reviews and conducts interesting, nicely detailed author interviews. And this week, he kindly wrote a beautiful review of The Beloved Wild. Here’s a link if you would like to check it out.
On April 8, 2018, at 7:00, I’m looking forward to being the Orleans County Genealogical Society’s guest speaker! Author of her newly released historical adventure set in rural 1807 New Hampshire, Melissa Ostrom will be the guest speaker for the April 8th, 2018 OCGS meeting. Event details.
GCC News issues a press release regarding The Beloved Wild… Melissa Ostrom, known to many as an extraordinarily gifted teacher of English Composition at the Albion Campus Center of Genesee Community College and also known as a widely published short story writer, is now being recognized as an accomplished young adult fiction author. Here’s a link to read more.
“The Beloved Wild: GCC Professor Pens First Novel, Inspired by Genesee Valley History,” The Batavian article by Maria Pericozzi Melissa Ostrom, an English literature professor at Genesee Community College, describes the Genesee Valley as having a big sky and rich soil. Read it here.
The latest issue of The Passed Note is out! This is a wonderful online teen lit magazine, led by the incomparable editor Stephanie Johnson. And the newest issue includes an interview with me! Here’s a link if you’d like to read it.
I was invited to take part in the 2018 NYC Teen Author Festival, and I am SO EXCITED! On Saturday, March 24, at McNally Jackson, 7:00 PM, I’ll be participating in an “Into the Wilds” panel discussion. And on Sunday, March 25, at Books of Wonder, from 2:30 to 3:00, I will be signing books. If you live in or near the NYC area and love YA fiction, you should attend! You’ll meet dozens of terrific writers. And it’s free and open to the public! Here’s a link to all the details.
My book launch party for The Beloved Wild will be at Lift Bridge Bookstore (45 Main Street, Brockport, New York 14420) on April 14, 2018, and you are invited to attend! I will be signing books and reading a bit from the novel. If you’re interested in purchasing my book from Lift Bridge (and I hope you are because it’s an AWESOME indie bookstore; check them out at liftbridgebooks.com), just give them a call (585-637-2260) to reserve a copy. This book launch is going to be fun. Will there be cake? Yes. A really BIG cake.
On Thursday, April 26, in the Curtis Room of the Hoag Library in Albion, New York, 7:00 PM, we’re celebrating our local pioneer past! I will be reading from The Beloved Wild, discussing how the history of the Orleans County settlers inspired me to write my novel, and also signing books. This event (sponsored by the Cobblestone Society and Museum, Hoag Library, the Orleans Chapter DAR, and the Orleans County Historical Association) is free and open to the public. Join us!
Junior Libary Guild Selection
I am delighted to share the news that The Beloved Wild is a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2018, and very grateful to the JLG for the honor.
In its next issue, New South will be publishing my short story, “Strategies for Elegy,” but the journal is featuring one of my micro flashes on its website right now. “Five Minutes Past Noon”: my nod to Little Red Riding Hood. Click here to read.
2018 Pushcart Prize short fiction nominee for “Safety Measures”
I’d like to thank YARN, the fabulous literary journal for young adult readers, for nominating my short story “Safety Measures” for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. I’m thrilled! Click here to read.