Speaking & Events

Book Ruth to Speak

Learn from yesterday,

live for today,

hope for tomorrow.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

-Albert Einstein






School Visits, Writing Workshops, Author Appearances, Skype Chats, and More


“Thank you again for gifting us with your time and engaging activities.
The students would LOVE to have you come back next year! “

Jennifer Hockhalter
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
Vancouver, Washington


Authors and teachers are natural allies. We want to engage children and young adults in ways that can lead to a deeper understanding and genuine enthusiasm for participating in our communities and our world. A lofty idea? Sure. Attainable? Absolutely.

As a writer of both fiction and nonfiction for a wide range of ages, I offer presentations on a variety of topics, including woman suffrage, time travel, and robotic bees. Let me know by email what your needs might be, and I’d be happy to work with you.

Skype chats (usually 15 or 20 minutes) are free, informal, and friendly. FaceTime is fine, too.

Upcoming Events


November 11, 2017


Details in September…. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer.


Highlights from Past Events




Cannon Beach Book Company

July 22, 2017 @ noon: Book signing

Two hours of conversation, and smiles on the shaded front porch, shaded being super important on that sunny day.


Annie Bloom’s Books

April 20, 2017 @ 7 pm: Double Header with Amber J. Keyser

What a dynamite evening. I read from Seven Stitches. Amber read from Pointe, Claw. We had a blast.


March 3, 2017: Radio Interview on Arts: Live and Local!, KMUN, Astoria, Oregon

I was interviewed by Carol Newman on her Coast Radio program. The radio station is in an old house on a steep street in Astoria. Here is the interview. Thanks, Carol. What a delight!





March 1, 2017 @ 7 pm:  Diversity and Resilience

Broadway Books

Charles (the stuffed giraffe) and I delved into the diverse post-quake world of Portland in 2059 and talked about what it really takes to be resilient.  Thanks to everyone who came.


February 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm:  The Blue Thread Saga

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

Thanks to the lively group at Powell’s. We talked about Seven Stitches as part of the Blue Thread Saga and meet three Miriams from 1912, 1964, and 2059. For show and tell: a blue stuffed giraffe named Charles and the Oregon Resilience Plan for the upcoming earthquake.


 February 16, 2017 @ 7 pm:  Seven Stitches Launch

Ooligan Press held our launch at Another Read Through, a delightful bookstore in North Portland. We packed into the loft and celebrated like crazy. The Oolies brought fresh-baked cookies in the shape of Oregon and a recipe for refrigerator pickles. Yum!



 Coos History Museum, Coos Bay, October 9, 2016

Dozens of folks turned out to discuss woman suffrage in Oregon with me. Thankfully, I remembered some of my research from Blue Thread.



 Crazy8s Author Tour

September – November 2015

Read all about on the tour’s Website. I was in Cottage Grove on September 18 and in Salem on September 24.


50th Anniversary of the Free Speech MovementSeptember-November 2014

I didn’t give any presentations or hold any book signings for The Ninth Day. I came to listen, and listen I did, to those who took part in the 1964 protests for First Amendment rights on the University of California at Berkeley. I met Bettina Apthecker…finally! We’d corresponded as part of a Women’s History Month blog.  I wish I could have been my characters back in 1964.



Summer Community Day
Oregon Historical Society

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Author Lois Leveen and I schmoozed with Eliza Canty-Jones (editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly) and our audience about adventures in writing both history and historical fiction. This was the first time I’d met Lois, and I hope not the last. Her Secrets of Mary Bowser is an excellent read, and she’s got a new novel coming this fall on the Juliet’s nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Go, Lois!


Deutsch-graphic-draftChai Fantasy Panel
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland

What connections can we discover between religion and imagination; what links can we discern between spiritual experience and the cultivation of curiosity and creativity? Why do we find so few examples of alternative universes in specifically Jewish literature? Can there be a Jewish Narnia? These are some of the questions we debated, when I moderated a panel with authors Lisa Goldstein, David Michael Slater, poet Willa Schneberg, graphic novelist Barry Deutsch, and Judaic Studies professor Michael Weingrad.  I must say we had fun.


KMUN-logoRadio Interview on KMUN: Arts Live and Local
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 3 pm

There I sat, on the other side of the microphone from host Carol Newman as she fiddled with knobs and playing CD snippets, and gave me encouraging smiles while she broadcast Arts Live and Local on KMUN Coast Community Radio, 91.9 FM. We talked about The Ninth Day and my writing life, and I almost forgot to be nervous! When I figure this out, I’ll post a link to the podcast.



T9D Launch at the Koehler House
December 16, 2013 

T9Dsnake-launchA delight! Read Meagan Lobnitz’s blog about the event. Here’s a picture of me reading from the snake scene in Paris, 1099. That bit with the right hand? That’s the snake. I’m wearing a Free Speech Movement armband, from the Berkeley, 1964, end of The Ninth Day.  Jeff Kilmer, of Kilmer, Voorhees & Laurick, gave us a tour of their law offices, aka The Koehler House, aka the Josefsohn house in Blue Thread. The house, in almost all its glory, appears again in my next book.



Holiday-Cheer-2013_1Oregon Historical Society Holiday Cheer
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanks again, to the Oregon Historical Society, for hosting about eighty of us authors at the museum. I sat near Sybilla Cook, whose new book on Walking Portland gets great reviews. Naturally, I bought a copy.



Reading @Powell’s Cedar Hills
Friday, November 15,2013


Yes, I did switch from 1964 conventional clothes to 1964 tie-dye in the middle of the reading. It was a hoot. Thanks to everyone who came.

Jewish Voices: Annual Reading by Jewish Writers and Poets
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Oregon Jewish Museum



What a night! The audience crowded into the auditorium and spilled out to the anteroom, to hear evocative poetry, essays, and snippets of prose, by David Axelrod, Kerry Cohen, Willa Schneberg, Jodi Varen, Yuvi Zalkow…and me.  A bunch of us went to a Chinese restaurant after the event, and I got to hang out with National Book Award winner (and one of my favorite authors) Virginia Euwer Wolff. Joy!

Lincoln County Historical Society
October 19, 2013

LCHSEven though it was a gorgeous, sunny day on the Oregon Coast, a good-sized group of folks gathered at the Carriage House in Newport to talk about the “precarious entanglements” of historical fiction. Had they heard in advance that there would be pumpkin cookies? Bill Hall was in the audience. He’s the current commissioner of Lincoln County, and he’s been writing historical fiction as well. Dive in, Bill. The water’s fine.

October 5, 2013

behind-chair-kick-cropFrancesca Lia Block and I shared the stage at Wordstock this year. I’ read from The Ninth Day, and managed to change into an awesome tie-dye jumper during the presentation. Note to self: when taking off high heels and talking in stocking feet, remember to adjust the microphone.






OBA-bannerOregon Book Awards Ceremony
April 11, 2013
Gerding Theater, Portland

What a night —like the Oscars ceremony for Oregon book people! These were the finalists for all categories. Blue Thread won the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. I was blown away. As best as I can recollect, here’s my acceptance speech.