Welcome to my website!

I’m a children’s author with a new picture book called Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Scholastic), scheduled for January 2016. It’s about the real friendship between two of the bravest people in American history, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

Susan and Frederick lived near each other in Rochester, New York, in the 19th century. Susan was a champion of women’s rights, and Frederick a champion of African American rights. In Two Friends, they meet in Susan’s parlor to chat and support one another. They prepare to go out and fight for what they believe in—that is, after taking a break for a cup of tea.

I have another picture book called Miss Paul and the President (Knopf), scheduled for fall 2016.

I’m also a journalist who has contributed to magazines and newspapers around the country, along with delivering commentaries on Wisconsin Public Radio. I spent many years as a newspaper editor and syndicated television critic.




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