School and Library Visits!

 Photo by  Rakeem Cunningham | rakeemc.com

Photo by Rakeem Cunningham | rakeemc.com

Hello, educators and librarians! Due to overwhelming demand, I am including all information you would need if you’re considering asking me to come visit your school or library! I am available throughout the year, though I would first suggest checking out my Tour page to make sure I am not already committed to another event.

Here’s the official Reading/Study Guide for ANGER IS A GIFT.

I am available for half-day, full-day, or multi-day visits to your school, college, library, or district. Generally speaking, I bring a PowerPoint presentation (that lasts about 20 mins) that includes information on my teenage years, how I became a writer, and my current works, and I also facilitate a Q&A. I can certainly do more specific themes or focuses for presentations, and I welcome pitches of this nature. I aim these presentations to last about the same as a standard length of a class so that I can do multiple of them in one session, though I can make them longer if the presentation time or venue is larger.

My rates are $800 for a half day (generally four hours of presentations) or $1500 for a full day, per day (anything beyond four hours). This does not include transportation and accommodations; if your school or library is not within a few hours of New York City, I require accommodations for at least one night. And regardless of location, I still require transportation costs to be covered so that I can focus on giving you the best visit possible!

That being said: I do a significant number of school visits throughout the year for free. If you see I am coming to your city while promoting myself, PLEASE reach out to me; if your school does not have a budget for school/author visits, I often can schedule visits during these travel windows as long as I am contacted in advance. Additionally, if your budget can only accommodate the purchasing of books for students, I can often still facilitate a visit as well.

You can reach me for all booking information at markaoshiro@gmail.com and my publicist can be reached at saraciea.fennell@tor.com. You only need to reach out to me initially, but I may CC in my publicist for scheduling info or to help facilitate book sales. I do need to state my requirements up front to set boundaries, but please don’t feel intimidated by this. I am very flexible, particularly with schools that do not traditionally get school visits, and I know first-hand how important it is for some kids to see successful versions of themselves, to know that queer brown and black kids can make it in this world.

Thank you!

Mark