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John H. Ritter Author Appearances and Video Chats


Using humorous anecdotes and poignant tales, John H. Ritter gives inspirational talks about the stories behind his books and his multi-layered writing process. Speaking to audiences of any size, including students and adults, John especially enjoys conducting writing workshops to help writers, young or old, hone their craft.

To inquire about an Author Appearance,
replace the (at) with @ and send an e-mail to
and the Penguin Author Appearance Coordinator
will contact you with all the information you'll need.
Be sure to include "John Ritter Author Visit" in your Subject Line.

John's 2012 Appearance Schedule:

February 24-26, 2012. Honolulu, Hawaii
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference

April 25, 2012. New York City, New York
Recorded Books Interview for the audio version of Fenway Fever
at the Studio of Recorded Books, NYC, NY

April 30, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
    TV Interview for "The Literati Scene"
    Hosted by Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon
    94 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill, Boston

May 1, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
    Writing Talk with visiting 9th graders
    on the campus of Gordon College

May 1, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
    4-6 p.m. Teachers Book Study Group (dinner)
    Hosted by Janis Flint-Ferguson
    Gordon College

May 2, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
    7 p.m. Book Talk and Signing at Hingham Library
    Sponsored by Buttonwood Books
    66 Leavitt Street, Hingham, MA 02043
    Call (781) 383-2665 for more information and to order books

May 3, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Writing Talks to three groups of 5th graders
    Lynnfield Middle School, Lynnfield, MA
    Parents welcome.

May 4, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
4-6 p.m. "Meet Us On The Field" Baseball Book Fair Event
    with authors John H. Ritter and Chris Crowe
    Hosted by Kids Club of Gordon College
    Meet the authors, play some games, enjoy a BBQ, and win some prizes
    Where? At the Gordon College Baseball Field
    To find out more, click here or call (978) 867-4829.
    Open to the public. Free!

May 5, 2012. Boston, Massachusetts
1 p.m. John will be attending the Boston Red Sox game with friends
    Fenway Park Stadium

May 6, 2012. Rockport, Massachusetts
    2 p.m. Book Talk and Signing at Rockport Library
    Sponsored by Toad Hall Bookstore
    17 School Street,  Rockport, MA 01966
    Call (978) 546-7323 for more information and to order books.

June 7-14, 2012. Santa Barbara, California
    Santa Barbara Writers Conference
    John will conduct workshops all week on
    "Advanced Fiction -- How to Give Your Stories Depth, Interest, and Intrigue"
    Hyatt Santa Barbara
    To find out more about John's workshops, click here and here.
    To register for the conference, click here.

June 21, 2012. Young Writers in Nature
11 a.m. Author visit and writing mini-lesson
    University of California, San Diego

June 21, 2012. La Jolla, California
    7 p.m. Book talk and signing at Warwick's Books
    7812 Girard Avenue  San Diego, CA 92037
    Call (858) 454-0347 to pre-order books.

November 10, 2012. Midland, Michigan
Kick-Off Presentation for the "Battle of the Books"!
    Grace Dow Memorial Library
    10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    Hosted by librarians Stephanie Williams and Melissa Bernard.
    Open to the public.

November 12, 2012. Dearborn, Michigan
     Divine Child High School
     John will be speaking to students on the elements of writing
     and the authors who influenced his work.
     Hosted by librarian Serge Danielson-Francois.


In order to encourage the discussion of John's books in book clubs or classrooms, John is offering 20-minute video chats to groups of ten or more who have read and studied one or more of his books. A chat can be arranged by sending an email with your first and second choice of dates and times, including time zone, the book or books you'd like to discuss, and your phone number. Be sure to consult "Teacher and Parent Resources" on the individual book pages of his website for discussion questions and be prepared with questions of your own to ask. It will be a stimulating and fun time for all.

What some teachers have said about the benefits of an author chat:

From an 8th grade English teacher in Oxford, Pennsylvania
On behalf of our class, thank you so much for the insightful and interesting video chat.  My students and I really enjoyed the chance to talk to you and to hear your inspirations and information about UNDER THE BASEBALL MOON.  The class liked the book quite a bit, so it was a big thrill for them to talk to you.  Thank you for being so accomodating and open with the students about your book and music and writing and life, and happiness. The class was really excited to be a part of this. -- K.C., 8th grade English teacher, Sacred Heart School 

From an 8th grade English teacher in Los Angeles, California
Thank you so much! It was absolutely amazing. The kids were abuzz afterwards about how "cool it was to talk to a real live author." I know a few of our aspiring fiction writers were quite inspired and encouraged by the conversation. It was an exceptional opportunity that will keep our students talking for a while. Thank you for giving them that wonderful experience! —J.M., 8th grade teacher, Westside Neighborhood School

To contact Mr. Ritter's representative to arrange a Chat,
replace the (at) with @ and send an e-mail to:



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