With all book tours going remote last year, VCFA’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program began a series of celebrations, Book Birthday Parties! Join program staff in celebrating these incredible books and amazing achievements of our beloved community. Use the links below to register in advance. All events start at 8 pm ET. We’ll see you on Zoom!


February 17 

  • Maya Chhabra (current student), Stranger on the Home Front
  • Sherry Shahan ’07, Purple Daze: A Far Out Trip, 1965
  • Laurie Wallmark ’16, Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizabeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars
  • Gilbert Ford ’15, From Here to There
  • Linda Oatman High ’10, As Far as Birds Can Fly

March 17

  • Evan Griffith ’19, Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist
  • Jennifer Adams ’21, I Am a Kindness Hero
  • Jenn Bishop ’14, Where We Used to Roam
  • Jess Rinker ’14, Send a Girl
  • Salima Alikhan ’17, Soraya and the Mermaid
  • Sandra Nickel ’12, The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe

April 21

  • Barbara Krasner ’06, 37 Days at Sea: Aboard the MS St. Louis, 1939
  • Tirzah Price ’15, Pride and Premeditation 
  • Mary Winn Heider ’12, The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy
  • Lindsey Stoddard ’11, Bea Is for Blended
  • Cathy Fishman ’06, A Spring Stroll in the City
  • Erica George (current student), Words Composed of Sea and Sky

May 19 | Register Now »

  • J. Albert Mann ’17, Fix
  • Meghan Browne (current student), Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards
  • Emma Kress ’20, Dangerous Play
  • Holly Green ’18, In the Same Boat
  • Azadeh Westergaard ’19, A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla
  • Laurie Morrison ’12, Saint Ivy