Todd Mitchell presented at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver on April 5th. He gave a presentation on “Using Creative Nonfiction to Inspire Literacy and Creativity,” and another on “Bullying and Suicide Prevention Through Books.” His novel, Backwards, was recently selected as a finalist for the Colorado Author’s League Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category.
Todd Mitchell recently performed full day author visits, running writing and teaching workshops with both faculty and students at elementary and middle schools in Littleton and Broomfield. He also recently ran several writing and craft workshops with older teens in Fort Morgan as part of the Blue Horizon’s Writing Program.
The Colorado is for Writers interview series on Tara Dairman’s blog, in which she “talk[s] to different Colorado-based authors about their work and their connections to this beautiful state,” recently featured Todd Mitchell.
The School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books both recently reviewed Todd Mitchell’s Backwards. Todd also wants to thank CSULife for the interview with him it recently printed, although he would like to apologize for the poor photo (It’s not a mug-shot. Rather, he was on his way to pick up his child from school when the student photographer spotted him.)
Todd Mitchell’s young adult novel, Backwards, was released by Candlewick Press on Tuesday. The book is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio book formats (read by the actor, Nick Podehl).
A radio interview with Todd aired this week on KUNC, about Backwards and why he wrote it. If you’d like to listen to the interview (it’s short), you can find a link on his website, www.ToddMitchellBooks.com. There you’ll also find a link to a book trailer that was made with the help of Timothy David Orme (award-winning filmmaker and MFA poetry alum) and Kari Lennartson (artist and past CSU painting instructor).
Todd is doing two book launch/reading events next week for Backwards. On Thursday, October 17th, 7:30 pm, he’ll be reading with Camille Dungy as part of the Writer’s Harvest Benefit reading (Hatton gallery). Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank.
And on Saturday, October 19th, 4:00 pm, Todd will be giving a short reading and book launch celebration at Anthology Bookstore, in downtown Loveland, 422 E. 4th St. Both events are free and open to the public, so please encourage your students to attend.
Todd Mitchell will be presenting two sessions on writing fiction at this weekend’s Northern Colorado Writers Conference (Andrew McCarthy, star of such classic 80’s films as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Mannequin, and Weekend at Bernie’s will also be there).
A Flight of Angels, the graphic novel Todd Mitchell co-authored has been selected by YALSA as a 2013 Top 10 Pick for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens.”
Todd Mitchell recently visited Fort Morgan to run literacy, writing, and creativity workshops with high school students and teachers as part of the Blue Horizon’s Young Author’s Initiative. He also ran a graphic text writing workshop at the Main Library with the Fort Collins IRS (Interesting Readers Society).
A Flight of Angels, the graphic novel that Todd Mitchell was a writer for (along with Holly Black, Bill Willingham, and others), is now being released in paperback through VERTIGO (available December 4th).
Todd Mitchell visited elementary, middle, and high schools in Ignacio Colorado (near Durango) to run writing workshops with hundreds of students and teachers as part of an initiative to help spread literacy in rural areas.
Todd Mitchell delivered the evening keynote address at this year’s Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI Conference in Denver. He also gave a presentation on graphic novels and hybrid texts, and got to hang out with one of his literary heroes, Chris Crutcher.