Thursday, April 6, 2023, 10 am Pacific.

Launchpad: Facebook Live with Grace Sammons. Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. A conversation with my writing group–the RBGs (Radical Badass Girls, Who Write) Ashley Sweeney, Deb Thomas, Gretchen Cherington, and me, about the FOUR new books we helped each other create during 18 months of Covid. This will be fun! More info soon.

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 9 am Pacific.

That’s News To Me: Journalism. A Panel at LEFT COAST CRIME–TROUBLE IN TUSCON. With authors John DeDakis, Laurie Fagen and  Dana Killion. (Presidio 1-2)

Friday, February 3, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm, Pacific.

I’m so pleased to present at the HISTORY QUILL VIRTUAL CONVENTION on the topic of HYBRID PUBLISHING. I’ll get down and dirty, sharing how it worked for me. There are all kinds of panels and presentations scheduled for the five days of the conference, most of them recorded. Among the many fascinating presenters are publishing gurus Jane Friedman, Dave Chesson and Joanna Penn.  More details here.

January 26, 29, and 31, 2023.

I’ll be meeting with three local book clubs this week–one in a bar, one at a beer cafe, and one in a living room.  Let me know if you’d like me to visit YOUR book club in person or via zoom by emailing

Saturday, December 3, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm, Pacific.

I’ll join Archivist James Scott for a discussion about the Sackamenna Kid: Herb Caen. We’ll dive into Caen’s roots in Sacramento and the role the Capital City played in the development of his iconic voice in a sixty-year column for the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll also explore my use of Caen as a model, in Copy Boy and Tomboy, for protagonist Jane Benjamin, who was born of my fascination with Caen and the one-year period between the teenage Caen’s moving to San Francisco and his becoming a columnist.

The event is free and will be held in the Sacramento Room, located on the second floor at Central Library.

More details here.

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 4:00-5:00 pm, Pacific.

Gender inequality. Educational disparities. War in Europe. Is it 1939 or 2022? Is it a Jane Benjamin Novel, or is it the world Rep. Darrin Camilleri has to work with right now? Please join the one-hour conversation. Sunday, 10/2, 4 pm Pacific. Free on Zoom. Register here:

September 8-12, 2022

BOUCHERCON, Minneapolis, MN–In Person. Panelist: Above the Fold–Journalists as Protagonists. With John DeDakis, Mark Zeid, Lori Duffer Foster, August Norman, and James Queally.

Friday, August 26, 2022, 7:00-9:00 Pacific.

Stories on Stage Sacramento–In Person. Gabby Battista performs an excerpt of TOMBOY and Gay Cooper performs an excerpt of Catriona McPherson’s SCOT MIST. Plus there will be question and answer time–always a favorite.  The Clara Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95612.

July events–Due to a family emergency, I sadly needed to cancel these events.

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 4:30-6:00 Pacific.

Reading and Book Signing at Capital Books–In Person. Chat, thanks, free wine and snacks. Giveaway prizes: signed paperbacks of COPY BOY AND TOMBOY, a moleskin notebook and Sarasa pen, and gift certificate for the dinner at Grange. Capital Books, 1011 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 5:00-6:00 Pacific.

Cocktail Class and Chat—The Tomboy—Virtual. Mixologist Chantal Tseng will teach us how to craft her literary version of The Tomboy. When you register, you’ll receive a recipe and list of tools. One attendee will win free audiobooks of COPY BOY and TOMBOY. Eventbrite registration (free admission).

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 6:30-8:30 Pacific.

Book Release Party at Bogle–In Person. We’ll celebrate TOMBOY’s publication day at Bogle Winery with wine and heavy appetizers alongside Bogle’s beautiful Clarksburg vines. Signed copies of TOMBOY and COPY BOY will be available to purchase at the event. Shelley will share a little from her book and talk about how her family’s history working the land in the Great Depression got in her too, like the grit of the field, helping to shape her protagonist, Jane’s, life story. Bogle Winery Patio, 37783 Co Rd 144, Clarksburg, CA 95612. Tickets here: $25 per person/$20 wine club members.


September 2020

September 23, San Ramon Book Club

September 3, Newport Beach Zoom Book Club

October 2020

October 16, 9:30-10:30, Virtual Bouchercon Panel: Speakeasies and Art Deco, A new type of sleuth. (Details TBA.)

October 24, LitCrawl, The Debut Revue. (Details TBA.)

October 24, Arden Dimick Book Club

November 2020

November 7, Co-Facilitating, So You Want to be an Author, six-session writers workshop through the National Steinbeck Center. (Details TBA.)

November 7, SoCal Book Club

November 30, Carmichael Book Club

December 2020

December 19, Interview with Sarah Meckler. (Details TBA.)

January 2021

January 16, Redwood Writers, Truth and Fiction. (Details TBA.)

February 2021

February 3, Presentation, The Gould Center, Claremont McKenna College.