Caren Stelson



for all

Appearance Schedule

As a for­mer teacher and writer-in-residence, Caren has expe­ri­ence speak­ing to a wide range of audiences.

Caren is avail­able for vir­tu­al class­room vis­its, con­fer­ences, and festivals.

Please con­tact Caren by email for more infor­ma­tion about speak­ing to your orga­ni­za­tion, con­fer­ence, fes­ti­val, or school. Thank you.

Places I’m Going

Feb 12, 2023

Sunday, 4:00 pm (ET)
Vancouver Jewish Book Festival

Book Launch with illus­tra­tor Selina Alko and Caren Stelson
in con­ver­sa­tion with Abby Weyner Herlin

All the details.

Mar 13, 2023

Monday, 1:00pm (EST)
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Stars of the Night offi­cial book launch with Selina Alko and Caren Stelson


Mar 29, 2023

Wednesday, 6:30 pm (CST)
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Stars of the Night pre­sen­ta­tion with Caren Stelson and Klezmer vio­lin­ist Judith Eisner

Places I’ve Been, People I’ve Met

Aug 8, 2021

Sunday, 6:30 pm
Reading A Bowl Full of Peace
St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Commemorative for Nagasaki
Como Park, St. Paul

Aug 30, 2021

Monday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Featured Blue Ribbon Minnesota Author
Alphabet Forest
Minnesota State Fair
St. Paul, MN

Aug 15, 2021

Sunday, 2:00 pm
“Courageous Compassion: Garden of the Righteous”
Music and sto­ries of heroes
who saved Jewish peo­ple from the Holocaust
Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Lanesboro, MN

Jul 12, 2021
(that week)

“Peace-ology: Picture Books for Transformational Change”
Hamline Summer Literacy Institute – Presentation
with Caren Stelson, Ellie Roscher, and Renee Dauk-Bleess
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Mar 6, 2020

Moline Public Schools
Moline, Illinois

Jan 21, 2020

Landmark Center (closed)
St. Paul, MN

Mar 22, 2019

Friday, Young Authors Conference
Bethel University
Arden Hills, MN

Mar 1, 2019

Friday, Author’s Visit
Seward Montessori School
Minneapolis, MN

Feb 27, 2019

Wednesday, Sachiko lec­ture
Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul, MN

Oct 18, 2018

Thursday, author vis­it
Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Authors in the Schools Program
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Sept 22, 2018

Saturday, 4:00 pm
Milwaukee Avenue Neighborhood Peace Pole Dedication

In cel­e­bra­tion of the International Peace Day week and par­tic­i­pat­ing in Twin Cities: Ten Days Free of Violence
www. twincitiesnonviolent.org (Sept. 21–30)

Jul 17, 2018

Tuesday, 12:45–2:00 pm
Hamline Summer Literacy Institute
Breakout ses­sion
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Jun 6, 2018

Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
We con­tin­ue to live with nuclear weapons
Find your voice. Take action.
Cohosted by The Minnesota Peace Project and
Macalester Plymouth United Church
Macalester Plymouth United Church—Social Hall
1658 Lincoln Avenue, St. Pau

May 30–31, 2018

Wednesday and Thursday
Young Authors Conference
Bethel University
Arden Hills, MN

May 19, 2018

Saturday, 10:00 AM
Great River Regional Library
11800 Town Center Drive
St Michael, MN

Mar 7, 2018

Wednesday, author vis­it
Hmong College Prep Academy
1515 Brewster Street
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mar 6, 2018

Tuesday, author vis­it
Scenic Heights Elementary School
Minnetonka, MN

Feb 28, 2018

Wednesday, author vis­it
Metro State
Energy Park Campus
St. Paul, Minnesota

Feb 13, 2018

Tuesday, author vis­it
Lake Country School
3755 Pleasant Ave. 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb 2, 2018

Friday, author vis­it
Excel Academy Charter School, East Boston Campus
8th grade
Boston, Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2018

Monday, evening
Women Who Read Book Club, Twin Cities

Jan 11, 2018

Friday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
“Writing for Kids and Teens”
Creative Writing Dept., J‑Term Instructor, Molly Beth Griffin
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Dec 7, 2017

Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Common Good Books
38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota
Caren and author Ellie Roscher will speak about their expe­ri­ences research­ing their respec­tive books: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivors Story and Play Like a Girl: How a Soccer School in Kenya’s Slums Started a Revolution.

Nov 12, 2017

Sunday, 5:00 pm
Magers and Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
“Women Writing On War”
Caren joins Minnesota authors Kate St. Vincent Vogle, Gretchen Marquette, Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Faith Sullivan and Kao Kalia Yang for this discussion.

Oct 26, 2017

Thursday evening
Japan Fluid Power Society
International Symposium, 2017, ACROS
Fukuoka, Japan

Oct 25, 2017

Wednesday, 1:00–2:30 pm
10th JFPS International Symposium on Fluid Power
ITO Campus Center Building 2, Room 2107
Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Oct 20, 2017

Friday, 2:30 pm
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony
Jane Addams Peace Association
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York

Sep 29–30, 2017

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm PDF poster avail­able
Lanesboro Arts Center presents, “In Peace with Honor“
in mem­o­ry of Orval Amdahl’s “Return of the Sword,”  film show­ing of Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, and read­ings from Sachiko, A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
St Mane Theatre 
Lanesboro, MN

Sep 23, 2017

Sunday, 2:00 pm PDF poster avail­able
Lanesboro Arts Center
Sachiko book pre­sen­ta­tion, book discussion

Sep 21, 2017

Thursday, 6:30 pm PDF poster avail­able
Lanesboro Arts Center presents, “In Peace with Honor“
in mem­o­ry of Orval Amdahl’s “Return of the Sword,”  film show­ing of Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, and read­ings from Sachiko, A  Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
St Mane Theatre 
Lanesboro, MN

Aug 23, 2017

Wednesday, 10:00 – 12:00
Bond: Branching Out in New Directions
Book/Author Fundraising Event
The Oak Ridge Country Club
Minnetonka, MN

Aug 10, 2017

Thursday, 10:00 am
Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St., Madison, WI

Aug 9, 2017

Wednesday, 6:30 pm
Lanterns for Peace
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration
Madison, Wisconsin

Aug 8, 2017

Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City’s
Nagasaki Commemoration

Global Harmony Labyrinth
Como Park, St. Paul

Jul 12, 2017

Monday, 2:15–3:30 pm
Breakout ses­sion:
Sachiko: One Writer’s Search for History,

Resilience and Peace
Literacy Institute
Hamline University

Jun 23, 2017

Friday, time to be announced (tick­et­ed event)
ALA Annual Conference
receiv­ing the Robert F. Sibert Honor Award
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

Jun 13, 2017

Tuesday, 11:00 am
Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN

Jun 6, 2017

Tuesday: 2:30 (not open to the pub­lic)
Avalon Charter High School
Author’s pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion
700 Glendale St., St. Paul 55114

Jun 5, 2017

Presentation to class of Nagasaki Exchange stu­dents University
Metropolitan State University
Energy Park Campus, St. Paul

May 31 and Jun 1, 2017

Wednesday & Thursday (not open to the pub­lic)
Young Authors Conference 
Bethel College, Roseville, MN

May 6, 2017

Saturday, doors open at 9:30 am (no pre-registration)
Twin Cities Teen Literature Conference
Henry Sibley High School
1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights, MN

May 3, 2017

Wed., 7:00 pm EDT
Five College Center for East Asian Studies Webinar:
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,
with author Caren Stelson

Apr 10, 2017

Wednesday (not open to the pub­lic)
Hamline University
Student Teaching Seminar Professional Development
Author’s pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion
Hamline Minneapolis Campus
1600 Utica Ave South, St Louis Park

Apr 8, 2017

Saturday, 6:30 pm (tick­et­ed event)
Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony
InterContinental Hotel,
11 E. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN

Apr 6, 2017

Thursday, 9:30–11:30 am
Awards Celebration for the
Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction
Bank Street College
610 West 112th Street 
New York City, New York

Apr 2, 2017

Sunday, 2:00 pm
Loft Literary Center: “Second Story” Program
1011 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Apr 1, 2017

Saturday, 10:00 am
Barnes & Noble at Edina, Galleria
Educator Appreciation Event
Galleria, Edina, MN

Mar 25, 2017

Saturday, 12:00 pm
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA (City Council Chambers)

Mar 21, 2017

Meet the Minnesota Book Awards Finalists
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Mar 16, 2017

Thursday (not open to the pub­lic)
Young Authors Conference
Bethel College, Roseville, MN

Mar 15, 2017

Wednesday, 1:00–4:30
Metropolitan State University
Author’s pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion
Minneapolis, MN

Feb 23, 2017

Thursday, 5:30–7:00 pm
Marcy Open School: Writers and Artists Fair
415 4th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN

Jan 21, 2017

Saturday, 2:00pm
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Sachiko pre­sen­ta­tion and book signing

Jan 3–9, 2017

Nagasaki, Japan

Dec 3, 2016

Saturday, 5:30–8:00pm
Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Annual Dinner  
In cel­e­bra­tion of Sachiko: read­ing and book sign­ing
Tickets avail­able: www.stpaulnagasaki.org
Venue: Humanities Center
987 Ivy Ave. E., St. Paul, MN 55106

Dec 3, 2016

Saturday, 11:00 am to 12:30pm
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Presentation of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,
Hannah & Friends Vocal Trio, World Citizen peace sites, and book signing

Caren Stelson, Twin Cities Book Festival
Susie Smice, 7th grade English / Language Arts, Wilson Middle School, Moline, Illinois
At Common Good Books in St. Paul, Caren with co-presenter Ellie Roscher, author of Play Like a Girl, and friend J.J. who attend­ed the pre­sen­ta­tion. Dec. 7, 2017
A few of the stu­dents and fac­ul­ty attend­ing Caren’s Sachiko lec­ture at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, Oct. 25, 2017.
With Caren, Terri Evans, Friends of the Library, St. Michael, and cre­ator of class­room dis­cus­sions for Caren’s web­site. Thank you, Terri!
At the Jane Addams Book Awards with com­mit­tee chair Heather Palmer, Oct. 20, 2017
Barnes & Noble Educators’ Night
Diversity Day at Jefferson High School, Bloomington, MN with Flora Tsukayama
Caren and edi­tor Carol Hinz at the MN Book Awards, wear­ing match­ing Japanese outfits
Speaking at the Loft’s Second Story with author Duchess Harris
Bank Street’s Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Informational Books
A few of the stu­dents and fac­ul­ty attend­ing Caren’s Sachiko lec­ture at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, Oct. 25, 2017.
Poster for the Jane Addams’ Children’s Book Awards