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March 4, 2019

I'm giving this year's Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture at Illinois State University in my hometown of Normal, IL! Here are the details:

"Eleanor Cameron: Wonderful Flights Through Space and Time"

Date/Time: Monday, March 25, 2109, 7pm

Where: Illinois State University, Stevenson Hall, 300 S. School St, room 101

Description: In this talk, Eleanor Cameron biographer Paul V. Allen will discuss the author's life, career, and core beliefs about children's literature through the lens of her science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Mushroom Planet series and the National Book Award-winning The Court of the Stone Children.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

February 15, 2019

I did two segments on Twin Cities-based 89.3 The Current, talking about The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene. The first is an interview with Andrea Swensson on The Local Show (including a few songs from the Hopefuls collective). The second is a hour-plus feature on the Local Current stream with host Jay Gabler, showcasing 15 songs I chose personally to help tell the story of the book.

             The Local Show: 

             Local Current: 

November 7, 2018

I did a Q & A with City Pages about The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene (, but I made the mistake of not requesting to see the questions first.  I was unhappy with some of my answers, so I wrote up a redo here:

October 10, 2018

Some updates:

  • The publication process for The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene went much quicker than I anticipated. It should be available online in paperback and ebook very soon. 
  • Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement will be issued in paperback sometime in the spring or early summer next year.
  • My history of Random House's Beginner Books line is coming along nicely. I'm hoping to finish the manuscript and start shopping it to publishers by March 2019.

March 7, 2018​

I did an interview with my local public radio station about Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement. You can listen here:

February 14, 2018

Big things are happening! 

  • I've signed a contract to publish my second book, the story of four Minneapolis/St. Paul musicians trying to make it on their own (yeah, that's a Mary Tyler Moore Show allusion), with McFarland & Company! Publication date is to be determined, but will likely be late 2019 or early 2020.
  • I'm knee deep in research for my third book, a history/examination/appreciation of the ​Beginner Books line started by Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Helen Palmer Geisel, and Phyllis Cerf in 1958. I learned to read on a set of those books inherited from my uncle, and I'm excited to put a spotlight on the origins and operations of the series, as well as the biographies of its many creators.
  • Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement is out in hardcover and ebook tomorrow! A paperback edition will follow within the next year or so.

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August 25, 2017

I'm happy to share the cover of my first book, due out in February from the University Press of Mississippi. The book is now listed in the UPM catalog and is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookshop!