Here’s some cool news: Poet and novelist Helen Frost (The Braid), new novelist Sarah Miller (Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller) and I will be doing a signing together next month, sponsored by one of the Detroit area’s most eclectic and venerable independent bookstores, the BookBeat in Oak Park, Mich.

The Oak Park Public Library is hosting the signing. We’ll read, talk about writing, take questions, sign books, and enjoy the library (hi, John), all on October 14th, 2 – 3:30 PM.

What makes me particularly happy about sharing the signing with these particular writers is how well Helen’s Braid, my Bee, and Sarah’s novel all “rhyme,” if you will. Each book speaks of powerful girls in relationship with one another, relationships that are sometimes rich and nurturing, sometimes fierce and painful and conflicted. Just like real girls. Just like real life. . .Hope to see you there.