Visiting Author for Schools: Heather Sappenfield

Heather Sappenfield

Speaking Fee: $225 for 1 hour workshops or guaranteed sale of twenty books; $350 for a three hour visit or guaranteed sale of 30 books.

Flexible dates.  (Please indicate your date and time preference.)

Heather Sappenfield

Heather Sappenfield is a mountain gal who loves travel, but loves coming home. She lives in a tiny log home in Vail, Colorado. Her short fiction has won nifty awards and nominations that include the Danahy Fiction Prize, the Writer’s Digest Contest, the Pushcart Prize and the Flannery O’Connor Award. Her novel, Life at the Speed of Us, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards and the Housatonic Award for Writing for Middle Grades and Young Adults. She earned her MFA in Writing from Pacific University, and it was one of the best things she’s ever done.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Life at the Speed of Us
Silence is safe. Fate is not. When Sovern Briggs survives a car crash, she stops talking in order to seal in the memory of the final sounds of her mother's life. As conflict with her father builds and failure in school looms, Sovern seeks relief in a dangerous boyfriend and in speed's adrenaline edge. These needs collide, leading Sovern to a snowboarding accident that changes her future . . . and perhaps that of our universe. Life at the Speed of Us weaves dyslexia, math, cutting-edge science, genius, and love into a young woman's reluctant journey toward grace. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: The View From Who I Was
On a cold Colorado night, Oona Antunes leaves Crystal High's Winter Formal, walks deep into the woods, and lies down in the snow to die. She awakens in the hospital, suffering the effects of frostbite and hypothermia. But her physical injuries aren't nearly as painful as the wound she can't name, the one she feels cutting deep into the core of who she is. While recovering from her suicide attempt, Oona discovers that the roots of her problems go beyond herself. To fully understand what happened that night in the woods, she must confront not only her own pain but the hidden past that's suffocating someone she loves. The View From Who I Was is a story of the damage that can be passed down through the generations, and the healing that can arise from tragedy.

45 minutes, plus booksigning. However, she can tailor her presentation to fit the needs of the school.

Middle School, High School; grades 6-12

Anywhere from 10 - a full auditorium. 

Projector, projector screen, microphone if a large audience, whiteboard or large, visible drawing pad on an easel, markers. Heather brings the necessary cable to connect her Mac to the projector.

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Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Heather's books: Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


Life at the Speed of Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738747309
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Flux - January 8th, 2016

The View from Who I Was Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738741741
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Flux - January 8th, 2015