Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Around the world

I've been doing everything but blogging the past ten months, mostly traveling but of course, also writing. I have a new middle-grade adventure book off the press (Paintball Island), a young-adult one coming in March (Andreo's Race, Tundra Books), and I'm hard at work on another. Meantime, it being my husband's sabbatical year from his work, I've been accompanying him on a rather exotic year: two months in Madrid, Spain (see below right, Toledo), two months in Christchurch, New Zealand and three weeks in Shanghai (see below left). What marvelous and diverse experiences these were! Now I'm in Vancouver getting back into the routine of more disciplined writing, as well as speaking to parents' groups about boys and literacy. Speaking of which, just today, I learned of a great new book review on my book Jump-Starting Boys:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Off to San Francisco!

I'm San Francisco-bound next week, promoting Jump-Starting Boys! My schedule includes:

Monday, Sept. 16 interview with KPFA host Denny Smithson

Monday, Sept. 16 6-7 pm presentation at Kumon Campbell, 1784 Winchester Blvd., Campbell

Tuesday Sept. 17 taping at KPIX/KCBS with Liz Saint John

Wed. Sept. 18 12:15 pm presentation at Athenian school in Danville

Wed. Sept. 18 7-8 pm presentation at Towne Ctr. Books, Pleasanton

Thursday Sept. 19 presentation 7-8 pm at Books Inc. in Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real

Friday Sept. 20 KPIX interview

Saturday, Sept. 21 KGO 810 A.M. interview with Pat Thurston;

A lifetime ago, I lived in the Bay Area, working for Runners World Magazine Co. (my first job out of college!). It will be great to spend time in the area again, especially as that's where my super hard-working publisher, Viva Editions, is headquartered. See you there soon!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jump-Starting Boys: List of Media Attention!

Wow, what response my co-author (and older sister) Cynthia Gill (see photos of us, young and old; me on the left in the top photo, me on the right in the bottom photo) and I are getting from our just-off-the-press book for parents and educators: Jump-Starting Boys. Here's a list of media interviews: up already, or coming soon (TBA = to be announced). Also, Jump-Starting Boys is now an audiobook and an e-book:


•KGO 810 News with Pat Thurston 7pm Saturday 9/22/13

•Liz Saint John interview Sunday Sept. 22, 2013 on San Francisco stations KLLC 97.3 Alice, KITS 105.3 Live 105, KMVQ 99.7 Movin' 99.7:

• Women's Radio Network with Beverly Armstrong, AM760 Colorado's Progressive Talk, and KRCNAM1060

• CONVERSATIONS LIVE with Cyrus Webb, Aug. 14th @ 1 p.m. EST.

• Friday, July 26:


• Psych Central

• Donna Seebo Show, Aug. 6, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.


• MOM TALK RADIO,, Sunday July 28, 8 pm EST with Maria Bailey

• CONVERSATIONS SHOW, Conversations Show with Lizz Sommars, The Mountain 103.7 FM, Seattle,, August 25, 2013

"I’m also reading Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill’s Jump-Starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life. Busy parents (I feel your pain!) will appreciate the format of this book that offers a positive spin on the issues that boys face: chapters are divided by useful subheadings and offer brief tips that can be implemented right away, along with quick-fire background (“Symptoms,” “How Common,” “Potential Causes”) on what parents need to know on a particular topic. Material on helping boys with physical issues, in school, and on such issues as mentoring and role models is topped off with useful lists of publishers of books for reluctant readers."


Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Spoonful of Fun

Why am I Mary Poppins in this photo?! As a long-time member of Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia, Canada (www.cwill.bc), I was happy to celebrate the organization's 20-year anniversary two nights ago by attending a big party. The catch: We were instructed to go as a children's book character. My friend Karen Hibbard, a children's book illustrator, went as the Mad Hatter. Do we look like we're having fun? Believe it or not, I was awarded one of the three best-costume prizes, which means I ended up bringing home a basket of chocolates and coffee, much to my husband's delight. Better yet, proceeds from this event went to the BC Children’s Hospital, and there were a ton of children’s book authors and illustrators hobnobbing and dancing the night away. Here's a link to more information on the party:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Festival of Trees book awards

Two weeks in Ontario! Has it really been more than a week since I arrived back from a whirlwind author's tour in which I spoke at schools in London, Whitby and Ottawa? Great schools, libraries and students! Wonderful staff! And such great questions from the students! Best of all, I attended the Festival of Trees book awards, at which I was a nominee. Which means I got to hobnob with fellow nominees and autograph copies of my nominated Tundra novel First Descent for some of the 5,000 students who thronged the Harbourfront Centre and hopefully enjoyed themselves all day. For more information on the event, check out: Now I'm back home, super-busy putting the finishing touches on two more books, and waiting for the mid-July release of my newest book (for parents and educators), Jump-Starting Boys Hope everyone's having a great spring! Pam

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Teen blog about First Descent

Hey, Jack Z.: Thanks for blogging about First Descent on the following site, where teens blog about teen books. Have a great day! :)