Actually, the event title is “Hey, You Can’t Say That In School (Or Can You?): Free Speech, Literature and the Classroom,” and it’s being held in conjunction with an Educators’ Appreciation Day at the Royal Oak, Mich. Barnes & Noble, upstairs in the café, where we can drink foamy lattes while we share stories of lit war skirmishes: what books are OK, what gets the fur flying, and why.

I’m hoping to see teachers from many different classroom situations – independent schools, homeschoolers, public school vets and newbies, everybody.

I’ll also be signing copies of Kissing the Bee — and Buddha Boy, my novel of tolerance that has not always been tolerated in middle school situations. Not to mention straydog (yes, straydog). And oh boy, Talk. . . .

[If you need more info, you can call B&N Royal Oak at 248.336.9464.]

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