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The big day! After two decades of researching and writing, I mailed my manuscript to the publisher.
photo by Shirley Ware
Sioux Code Talker Book Launch – signing books for the first time!
My first book, title Sioux Code Talkers of World War II was published by Pelican Publishing Company!

First printing March 1, 2017

Second printing April, 2017 

Third Printing April, 2019



<< 2023 >>

February 1, 2023   participant, WRAD

<< 2022 >>

November 17-20, 2022   attendee, NCTE conference, Children’s Literature Assembly Board Member

November 5, 2022   In Person, Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Rochester Institute of Technology (new venue) Author/Presenter 

November 2, 2022 Virtual, Topic: Land Acknowlegments, Highlights for Children

October 26, 2022 rescheduled In Person, Dwagáädoñk (We Are Storytellers), Syracuse, NY Author/Presenter

October 19, 2022 In Person, Festival to Go, Anna Murray-Douglas Academy school #12 Author/Presenter

October 17, 2022  Virtual, Literature in Education class, Villanova University, Guest Speaker

July 15-19, 2022   In Person, Highlights Foundation Summer Camp in Nonfiction: Explore, Dig Deep, Inspire. Faculty Member

February 2, 2022   Virtual, World Read Aloud Presenter 

<< 2021 >>

November 15, 2021   VirtualEastern Pennsylvania SCBWI, presenter

November 6, 2021   Virtual, Rochester Children’s Book Festival , panel

October/November, 2021 Virtual, Festival to Go for RCSD

<< 2020 >>

November 13, 2020   Virtual, XCel Energy, Native American Heritage Month Presenter

November 7th 2020   Author Presentation/Book Signing, Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Monroe Community College

October 12th, 2020   Virtual Author Visit, South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD (Live presentation)

October 1st, 2020   Virtual Author Visit, South Dakota Festival of Books, Brookings, SD (recording released)

October 1st, 2020   Panel Presentation Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (virtual)

August 19th, 2020   Author Presentation, Clarendon Historical Society

<< 2019 >>

November 25, 2019   Author Visit, Jefferson Road School, Fairport, gr. 2/3

November 2, 2019    Rochester Children’s Book Festival, MCC, 10-4pm

October 30, 2019     Good Day Rochester TV Interview with Alexis Arnold

October 16, 2019     Festival to Go, Rochester City School District

September 24, 2019    We Need Diverse Books Panel participant, Henrietta Library #WNDB

May 29, 2019    IPPY Award Ceremony, Copacobana, NYC

February, 2019    Nonfiction Panel Presentation, Rochester Area Children’s Writer’s and Illustrators

<< 2018 >>

November 3, 2018    Rochester Children’s Book Festival, MCC, 10am – 4pm, Book Signing and Presentation

October 10, 2018    Barnes & Noble Greece, 4-6pm, Educator Week Celebration and book signing with many other RACWI members: Susan Beckhorn, Susannah Buhrman-Deever, Marsha Hayles, Will Hubbell, Keely HuttonGlenn McCarty, Alex Sanchez, Sally Valentine, Vivian Vande Velde, and Jackie Yeager

October 2, 2018    NYSUT Retiree Conference, Burgundy Basin Inn, Speaker

September 21, 2018     Greece Barnes & Noble, 6-8pm, Book Signing

September 14, 2018     Nazareth College Alumni Event,  Speaker and Book Signing

April 7, 2018    Book Signing Fundraiser and Book Launch Party for Wendy Dunham! Seven authors will be at the Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue, Brockport, NY 14420 (10am-1pm)

March 12, 2018   Writing Workshop “What do Authors Do?”, Quest Elementary School (3/4th grade)

March 1, 2018    Craft Writing Presentation “Critique Group Tips” with Kathleen Blasi, Elizabeth Falk, Keely Hutton and Andrea Page, Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (RACWI) meeting

March 1, 2018    Happy First Birthday Sioux Code Talkers of World War II!

<< 2017 >>

December 10, 2017    Author Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, Pittsford, NY (12-2pm)

December 3, 2017   Author Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, Greece, NY (2-4pm)

December 2, 2017   Author Book Signing, Fairport Museum, Fairport, NY (10:30-11:30am)

November 21, 2017    Author Presentation, Hamlin Lions Club

November 4, 2017     Rochester Children’s Book Festival, Rochester, NY

November 1, 2017     Writing Workshop, Spencerport, NY

October 28, 2017       Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge

August 1, 2017     Author presentation and book signing, Sioux Falls, SD at the Downtown Library (200 N. Dakota Ave.) Tuesday, August 16:30-7:30 p.m.

July 14, 2017     Book signing at the Adirondack Reader, Inlet, NY 11-1pm and then at Old Forge Hardware Store 2-4pm.

May 11, 2017   Barnes & Noble, Greece, NY 6-8 pm (book signing 7-8pm)

April 8, 2017    Book Launch Party, Spencerport Fireman’s Exempt Hall, Spencerport, NY 1-4pm

January, 2017  Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators 

Facilitator: Critique Group workshop

<< 2016 >>

October, 2016  Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators 

PresentationIlluminating Illustrations: A workshop investigating how illustrations light up a picture book

May 5, 2016  Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators 

Panel Presentation: Submission and Rejection (Kathy Blasi, Sibby Falk, Keely Hutton and Andrea Page)
  • Internal and external factors that stop you from writing
  • Strategies to overcome obstacles
  • Discuss the meaning of success
  • Describe their process
  • How to handle rejection

April 2, 2015  Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators 

Panel Presentation: Perfecting Pitch & Query (Kathy Blasi, Barbara Underhill, and Andrea Page)

January 3, 2013  Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators 

Presentation: Writing Right: A Writing Workshop for the Right Brain (Andrea Page)