April 9th, 2015, Folio Books in Noe Valley, San Fran, CA: This bookstore has it all: A friendly staff, a wide collection of books for all ages, and ME! Queer, little/giant me!! Yay! I will be returning to Folio Books on April 9th at 7pm to share some writing stories, read from my latest book, Driving Lessons, and to hopefully show off some fancy-ass high heels. Hope you can make it! Book signing and Q and A will follow. Here’s the Folio website! http://foliosf.com
February 24th, 2015, LGBTQ Youth Space, San Jose, CA: Hey you awesome queer kids of Santa Clara County! I’m coming to visit your youth center on February 24th at 6pm to talk about my experiences as an out lesbian teacher and writer and then we’ll do a little writing together! Come on by. Books will be available for purchase for a discounted rate of $10. (That’s the cool kids rate!) Hope to see you soon! Here’s the link which will have the address and all the deets: http://youthspace.org
Reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA: January 28th, 2015! I L-O-V-E this bookstore and you will too after one glimpse of its tall bookshelves and eclectic gift selection and, oh, I don’t know…really rad lesbian YA section!! I’ll see you there at 7pm on January 28th! Bring in the new year with me! Book signing to follow! So many exclamation marks because I’m so excited!!!
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, 3:00-4:00: Aw yeah, Noe Valley! We’re here, we write lesbian fiction, and we are heading for Folio Bookstore in the heart of Noe Valley in San Francisco, CA. A few other Bold Strokes Book gals and I will be reading from our latest works (I’m for sure going to read from the sequel- Driving Lessons!) and share our journeys from idea to publication. Come on by to buy your books local, get them signed, and chat with us! Click here for the website for Folio Books! See you there!
May 13th, 2014, 6:00-8:00PM: Nothing is more fun that talking to a group of Children’s Literature enthusiasts! That’s why I’m so stoked to go visit the UCSC Children’s Literature Class for the 3rd year in a row. I’ll be discussing my writing process, my reasons behind writing YA Lit, and share some embarrassing stories from my high school years (my fav activity!).
February 27th, 2014, 6:00PM-8:00PM: Holy Lesbian Writers, Batman!! Yep, there will be a gaggle of us reading at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF, CA, on February 27th! Come on by to hear from some of the Bay Area’s hottest lezzie writers of lezzie fiction. Along with reading from our latest works, we’ll talk about our journeys from ideas to published book and then we will take a little field trip to Soluna Cafe on McAllister to eat, drink, and be merry. Books will be available for purchase and, yes, we take credit cards! For a full list of authors, check out my Facebook event!
MAY 1st, 2013, 3:30PM: Annameekee makes a visit to the University of California, Santa Cruz Cantu LGBTQ Resource Center to chat with the UCSC Queer Book Club! She’ll answer questions, talk about her writing journey, and lounge in the ever-comfy couches of the redwood-surrounded den. She can’t wait! See what other exciting events and clubs they have at http://queer.ucsc.edu/
APRIL 27th, 2013, 6PM: “Writing for LGBT Youth” Discussion and Reading at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA. Annameekee Hesik and Karin Kallmaker will discuss their work and their adventures in writing for the most awesome group of reader around: LGBT Youth! Come on by to get your copy of The You Know Who Girls signed, to see how tall Annameekee is in person, and to support your local bookstore! Here’s the link for more info. You can also preorder a book here: http://laurelbookstore.com/event/writing-lgbt-youth-reading
FEBRUARY 21st, 2013: Guest Speaker at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Professor Scott’s Multicultural Children’s Literature course. I look forward to sharing my journey as a writer with these future educators. Bonus: I get to go to one of the most peaceful campuses on the planet. I hope to see some baby deer!!
FEBRUARY 14th, 2013: Guest Speaker at the Cypress Charter High School GSA! I can’t wait to meet the students at Cypress and share my coming out story, my journey writing The You Know Who Girls, and to share ideas about how to have a kick butt GSA! See you soon, Cypress!
What an amazing book tour! Visit these Independently Owned bookstores (see below) for signed copies of The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year!!
JANUARY 16th, 2013: Bookshop Santa Cruz (Located in downtown Santa Cruz, CA) http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/.
JANUARY 18th, 2013: Elliott Bay Book Company (Located in the heart of Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA) www.elliottbaybook.com
JANUARY 19th, 2013: King’s Books in Tacoma, WA (Located in downtown Tacoma, WA) www.kingsbookstore.com!
UPDATE: Authors Are Rockstars Podcast Interview!The interview is complete! It is being sent off for editing (somehow they will make me sound intelligent and sassy) and will be posted sometime in December! I’ll keep you all posted! Check out www.authorsarerockstars.com for more interviews of your favorite Young Adult authors and download Annameekee’s interview at iTunes soon!