Thank you for your interest in contacting me! This page includes event scheduling information (scroll down a bit) and my book donation request policy (scroll a bit further). Also on this page are my email address, my newsletter sign-up, and my mailing address.
Though I try to be prompt, my reply time is sometimes up to a month. If your message is time-sensitive, please indicate that in the subject line. If you’re contacting me about bookmarks, please see my note at the end of this page, as that information has changed recently. If you’re contacting me about a school visit, event, or book donation, please be sure to read the policies on this page (scroll down for details). Thanks!
My email address is .
To subscribe to my occasional email newsletter (sent periodically, and never more than monthly), sign up here:
Due to schedule limitations, I am not currently accepting school visit or other event requests, but feel free to email me and I can keep you posted about future availability.
I decline invitations for events at which guns may be present. My contract includes the following section: “In order to ensure a safe environment for all attendees, the Author requests a weapon-free setting for all of her appearances. If any firearms (open or concealed) are kept on premises or are allowed by law or by special exemption to be present at the event, the Sponsor shall inform the Author prior to the signing of this agreement.”
I also decline invitations to non-inclusive institutions. Children require positive learning environments that celebrate our differences, support inclusion, and prevent bullying. I am unable to accept invitations to locations that exclude, marginalize, or intimidate based on racial or cultural identity, religious belief system, political viewpoint, immigration status, ancestry, gender identity, sexual preference, appearance, health status, disability, learning style, or other aspect of human diversity.
I receive a lot of donation requests for silent auctions and raffle items. Though I can’t respond to them all, I donate a limited number of books each year to public schools and nonreligious nonprofits.
Please note that if firearms or other weapons are included in your auction or raffle items, I am unable to consider donating to your group. If you email me about a book donation request, please inform me in your email about whether or not your organization accepts firearms or weapons as auction/raffle items.
A note about donation requests from churches and church-affiliated educational institutions:
I am not a religious person, and I am a strong supporter of public education, so I do not typically donate books to church-affiliated schools or church groups. But if your religious organization is one that respects all faith traditions, is inclusive and welcoming (including LGBTQ), and actively works for social justice (helping to end racism, sexism, poverty, mass incarceration, and other forms of injustice), you are welcome to contact me about a donation. Please include in your email a note letting me know that your church is tolerant and open-minded.
To send small, letter-size mail, my mailing address is:
P.O. Box 80372
Lansing, MI 48908
My P.O. box is very small, so for anything bigger than a business-size envelope, please contact me by email for an alternate mailing address.
I usually only visit my box a few times a month, so if what you’re mailing is time sensitive, let me know by email that you’ve sent something so that I’ll be sure to stop by my box.
I used to have information on this page about offering free bookmarks to schools, libraries, families, and individuals. I typically received a few requests each month. Then my web page got picked up by some sort of aggregator that posted it to several freebie web sites, resulting in hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bookmark requests in a very short period. While I was thrilled to see so much interest in books and reading, it was a lot to respond to. I think (hope) I’m mostly caught up on those requests, but because of the time involved I am no longer actively offering the bookmarks. Thank you for your understanding.