My LeakyCon Dallas schedule!

Hello, friends!!! I’m so excited to return to LeakyCon for yet another year, and this will also be my second year as a special guest author! Here’s where you can find me all weekend.

Friday, August 9

11:30am: Hogwarts Night School for Late Blooming Witches and Wizards, Phoenix Room
2:00pm: More Than One: Intersectionality in Publishing, Owl Room
4:30pm: Signing, Pigwidgeon Signing Area

Saturday, August 10

10:15am: Trauma and Healing in YA, Occamy Room
11:30am: Writing Love Stories, Occamy Room
3:00pm: The Importance and Challenges of #OwnVoices, Occamy Room
4:30pm: Signing, Pigwidgeon Signing Area

Sunday, August 11

11:30am: Friendship in YA, Occamy Room
12:45pm: The Great YA Sorting Hat Debate, Unicorn Room
2:00pm: Signing, Hermes Autograph Area

Hope to see some of you this weekend!

The ANGER IS A GIFT trade paperback is out TODAY!

I am so thrilled to get to write this: a paperback edition of a book I wrote is out in the world today.

Behold, the paperback of Anger Is A Gift:


The paperback edition still uses Chris Koehler’s stunning illustration, and the Tor Teen design team have reworked the colors in this paperback edition. (It’s mostly greys and reads! IT IS SO PRETTY IN PERSON.)

I am so thankful for the immense support over the past year (the one year anniversary is in a couple weeks!!!), as it allowed me the joy of getting a paperback out in the world. You can now order your copy of the paperback (at a lower price than the hardcover!!!) from a number of places, and I highly encourage you to support your local indie bookstore to do so!

Barns & Noble

Thank you so much for reading my debut novel, and I’ll have updates soon about what’s coming next! (I’m busy at work on the final round of developmental edits on Book #2, so STAY TUNED!)

— Mark

I'll be a guest lecturer at the 2019 Alpha Workshop!

I still can’t believe I get to say this, but I GET TO TEACH AT A TEEN WORKSHOP!!! And not just any workshop, but the beloved Alpha Workshop, aimed for teens aged 14-19 who are writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It’s a dream come true!


(Also, one of the other guest lecturers is… Tamora Pierce. So. That’s a thing. I am FEELINGS.

If you are 14-19, I urge you to apply for this year’s workshop, which will take place in at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. You can find the application page here.


My New York Teen Author Fest Schedule!

I’m thrilled to be participating in this year’s NY Teen Author Fest, which will be my second time there! I am on a lot of panels that specific week, though I’ll be away for a few days to attend NoVaTeen Book Festival, then back AGAIN for the big Books of Wonder signing!!!

Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Monday, March 25 (Mulberry Street NYPL)
6:40-7:20: The Second Conversation – How Do You Find the Right Way to Tell the Story? 

Alyson Gerber
Jennifer Gilmore
Lizzy Mason
Amy McNamara
Mark Oshiro

Wednesday, March 27 (42nd St NYPL, Berger Forum)
6:00pm-8:00pm: The Past Eleven Years, The Next Eleven Years

Gayle Forman
Kody Keplinger
David Levithan
E. Lockhart
Mark Oshiro
Scott Westerfeld
Ashley Woodfolk

Moderator: Justine Larbalestier

Thursday, March 28: The Big Read

Sunday March 31: Our Big Ol’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder Downtown)

Zara Lisbon 
Sarah Darer Littman 
Katherine Locke  
Rachael Lucas 
Carolyn Mackler 
Derek Milman 
Mark Oshiro 
Melissa Ostrom

Hope to see some of y’all there!

ANGER IS A GIFT has won the Schneider Family Book Award for Best Teen Book!!!

It has been an absolutely surreal week in my life, and I’m happy to say that my debut YA novel, Anger Is A Gift, has been awarded the Schneider Family Book Award “for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”

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I’ll be receiving the award and grant for this at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in June, and my book will have that incredible little sticker/medal on it from here on out. I’m so blown away by the response to my book, and this was completely unexpected. Thank you for supporting me and my writing all these years. I can’t believe this is happening, BUT IT IS!

I’ll have more news soon about some really cool things! Until then: thank you.

My ConFusion 2019 schedule is live!

Friends! I am so excited to return to one of my favorite SF/F conventions in the world, ConFusion. This year, it will be in Dearborn, MI, and you can find me at the following panels, readings, and signings:

Friday, January 18

6:00pm: Outlining Methods for Short and Long Fiction - Erie Room
8:00pm: Young Adult Authors in Conversation - Allen Park Room

Saturday, January 19

12:00pm: Writers Talk About Anything BUT Writing - Ontario Room
3:00pm: Autograph Session - Erie Room (Copies of Anger Is A Gift will be on sale in the dealer’s room!)

Sunday, January 20

11:00am: Reading from Book #2!!! - Rotunda Room

Hope to see you there!

The ANGER IS A GIFT paperback edition is out May 7, 2019!

Hello, readers! I’m so thrilled to announce that there will be a newly-designed paperback edition of Anger Is A Gift released on May 7, 2019. Here is the stunning new cover this version is getting:


Today, you can now pre-order the paperback of Anger Is A Gift from your favorite online outlets and bookstores just in time for the holidays.

Barnes & Noble
Audible (The audiobook is narrated by ME!!!)

I cannot thank all of you enough for the continued support of me and this book. Please keep an eye on this space for updates about possible bonus features in this edition; you can also find out where I’ll be appearing throughout 2019 in support of Anger on my Tour page.

I want to send a special thanks out to all the educators and librarians who have supported my debut. It has been surreal to see how far this book has traveled and how many classrooms it is now in. Y’all are actually TEACHING my book, and it blows my mind. Thank you for helping to make my dream come true. If any educators are interested in bringing Anger or me to their schools, please check out my School Visits page for more information.

Lastly: book #2. It’s coming. You’ll learn more about it in the new year, but I’ll say this: It is nothing like my first book, and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

Happy holidays!


I will be a guest at CrossingsCon 2019!

I am thrilled to return to my third CrossingsCon, which will be held in MONTREAL next summer!

This is going to be my first CrossingsCon where I will be FREE FROM SPOILERS, so I'm eager to finally get to participate in everything. You can find more information about the con (and purchase memberships) at

I will be participating in panels, signings, a couple readings, and some workshops. One thing I love about the con is how varied the programming is, so I'm eager to talk writing and craft alongside geeking out about Nita, Kit, and the many, many books and characters of the Young Wizards universe. This is also going to be MY VERY FIRST CANADIAN CONVENTION! How exciting!

I hope to see many cousins there! 

My LeakyCon schedule is live!

Friends! I am so excited to get to return to my forever favorite convention, LeakyCon, which is in Dallas, TX this year! 


As many of you know, LeakyCon was the first convention I was ever invited to as a creator, so this community holds a special place in my heart. This is also the very first year I am officially a LeakyCon Lit Track Guest, joining eight other authors this weekend in Dallas. This is, as far as I'm concerned, a very meaningful achievement as an author, so I AM VERY EXCITED, OKAY.

Copies of Anger is a Gift will be on sale all weekend and you'll have THREE chances to get it signed. In order to get your books/stuff signed, you MUST reserve a FREE ticket here. My three sessions are located under CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAPHS in the right colum.

If you'd like to find me during LeakyCon, here's where I'll be:

Friday, August 10

10:15am: Civil Rights and Segregation in Harry Potter - Charms Room A130/131
12:45pm: Mutual Kinship and Respect: Race in Harry Potter - Divination Room A115/117
3:15pm: Genre Writing - Devil's Snare Room A302/303
5:00pm: Autograph Signing #1 w/Anna-Marie McLemore - Zonko's Autograph Area (RSVP here.)

Saturday, August 11

10:15am: This is America - Mirror of Erised Room A309/310
11:30am: Queerness in Harry Potter - Mirror of Erised Room A309/310
2:30pm: Autograph Signing #2 w/Anna-Marie McLemore - Zonko's Autograph Area (RSVP here.)
3:15pm: Representation in Harry Potter - Mirror of Erised Room A309/310
4:30pm: Dumbledore Pro and Con - Phoenix Room A201/202

Sunday, August 12

10:15am: Found Families - Charms Room A130/131
11:45am: Autograph Signing #3 w/Anna-Marie McLemore - Zonko's Autograph Area (RSVP here.)
12:45pm: LGBTQIA+ Representation in YA - Phoenix Room A201/202

I can't wait to see a whole bunch of you I haven't seen in a couple years. ONWARDS!

I'm bound for Readercon this week!

Hello, friends! After a few weeks home, it's time for me to head to Boston, Massachusetts (specifically, Quincy!) to attend one of my new favorite cons, Readercon! I have a busy schedule and I'm thrilled that this will be the very first convention I am attending as an author, which means I have ACTUAL AUTHOR THINGS TO DO. It's so exciting!

Copies of Anger Is A Gift will be available for purchase in the dealer's room all weekend, and here's where you can see me. I will have a few copies of Anger to give away this weekend, too, so you'll just have to show up to see if you can win one at the following panels/appearances:

Friday, July 13

12:00pm: How I Wrote Anger Is A Gift - Blue Hills
2:00pm: Autographs - Autograph tables

Saturday, July 14

12:30pm: Reading (From Book #2) - Salon B
2:00pm: I Love It! Now Rewrite it - Blue Hills
3:00pm: Kaffeklatsch - Steven Masts
8:00pm: A Most Readerconnish Miscellany - Salon 5

I hope to see many friends and familiar faces this weekend!!!