Jacqueline West, Writer

Bestselling author and poet

Appearances Calendar

(public events in bold/orange)


May 25: 8pm EST - Live chat with MG author Kim Ventrella on the Spooky Middle Grade YouTube Channel

June 8: NerdCampKS (online only)

July 15: NerdCampPA (online only)


January 5: Goodhue County History/Free Family Fun Day presents Mysteries at the Museum! Join us for a reading from DIGGING UP DANGER, dive into some mystery-writing activities, create your own bookmark, and solve a museum-wide mystery with a game of "Clueseum Jr", a family-friendly activity based on the board game Clue. Jacqueline's books will be available for purchase and signing. Goodhue County Museum, Red Wing, MN. 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

January 19 - Author talk, Q&A, book signing, and COLLECTORS treats, Hudson Public Library, Hudson, WI. 11:00 a.m. (Books will be available for purchase from Chapter2Books of Hudson.)

January 30: School visit, St. Joseph's School, Prescott, WI

February 20 - 21: School visit, Little Falls, MN

February 23: Co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival with author James Kennedy! Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall) in Pohlad Hall. 3:00 p.m. Book sales provided by Red Balloon Bookshop

March 12 - 13: SCSC Young Writers and Artists Conference, Mankato, MN

March 15: Meet the Finalists, a Minnesota Book Awards event. University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), 7:00 p.m.

March 26: YA panel with Caleb Roehrig (Death Prefers Blondes), Shannon Gibney (Dream Country) and Jacqueline West - Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30 p.m.

April 1 - 5: School visits/writing residency, Dover-Eyota, MN

April 6: Minnesota Book Awards Gala, St. Paul, MN. 6:30 p.m. (Ticketed Event)

April 10: School visit, River Falls, WI

April 16: School visit, River Falls, WI

April 17: School visit, Parkview Elementary, Rosemount, MN

April 27: Signing Digging Up Danger with the Story Pirates after their Minneapolis performance! 11:00 a.m. (Ticketed Event)

April 30: Teen writing group, Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, WI

May 7: LAST THINGS released!

May 14: YA Panel (with Pete Hautman, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, and Bryan Bliss)/launch for LAST THINGS, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN. 6:30 p.m. (More info to come)

May 31: School visit, Pinewood Elementary, Eagan, MN

June 5: School visit, Gerard Academy, Austin, MN

June 12: Guest at Young Writers' Summer Camp, Red Wing Public Library (more info at

June 17: Guest instructor at Story Ark Summer Writing Intensive (more info at

June 21 - 24: American Library Association convention, Washington DC (complete schedule of events to come)

July: Workshop host for the Author Guild (writers, see for application info)

July 10: Guest at Young Writers' Summer Camp, Red Wing Public Library (more info at

July 17 - 18: Writing Workshops for ages 9 - 11 and 12 - 18, Prior Lake Public Library, Prior Lake, MN. (Info about classes and enrollment links can be found at

September 14: 20th Annual Minnesota Children's Book Festival. Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN. 12 - 5 p.m. Jacqueline speaks in the barn: 3:30 - 4:00. Book signing: 4:15.

September 24: THE COLLECTORS released in paperback!

October 5: Headline author at the Deep Valley Book Festival, Mankato, MN. Jacqueline speaks at 2:30pm. Book signing before and after!

October 11 - 13: Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, Sheboygan, WI - See the full lineup and schedule at and

October 16: Writing workshop with Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton schools, WI


October 22: School visits, Minneapolis/St. Paul

October 22: A STORM OF WISHES release party! Reading, Q&A, activities, and cake! Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30pm.

October 23: School visits, Minneapolis/St. Paul

October 26: Hometown A STORM OF WISHES celebration! (Bottle a wish! Wish treats! Book raffle and signing!) Red Wing Public Library, 1:00pm.

October 24: Spooky MG Skype visit

October 29: School visits, Prescott Middle School and Prescott High School, Prescott, WI

October 30: Spooky MG Skype visit

November 1: Spooky MG Skype visit

November 5: Spooky MG Skype visit

Past Events

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