Taming PZ "Out in the World" 


Taming PZ was the centerpiece of the University of St. Joseph's conference focused on finding a place for rich, multi-layered children's literature in broad classroom applications, ranging from reading to stimulating difficult discussions.

MICROSOCIETY SCHOOLS - MicroSociety Schools focus on developing a realistic environment to teach children about dealing with life's expectations and challenges.  Taming PZ's embodiment of these challenges has made it a popular addition to MicroSociety classrooms and conferences around the country.

HAPPINESS CLUB (Dr. Bernie Seigel)- Taming PZ  has been used in  presentations and discussions as a springboard for reflecting on how we can run the gauntlet from “grief and trauma” to “hope and love.” (Kirkus Reviews) This literary approach provides a complimentary approach for reflecting on some psychological constructs, including brain science and PTSD. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival

Book Signing and Writing Discussion - Farmington Barnes & Noble

1599 South East Road

Farmington, CT

1:00 p.m. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Book Reading and Signing - Rockford Barnes & Noble

Cherry Vale Mall

7200 Harrison Ave

Rockford, IL

3:00 p.m.

Looking forward to author visits at Pearl City Elementary and Lena-Winslow Elementary in Illinois on April 22, 2016.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Book Signing - Glastonbury Barnes & Noble

175 Glastonbury Blvd

Glastonbury, CT

12:00 noon

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Book Reading and Signing with panel discussion on "The importance of children's literature in the classroom." 

University of Saint Joseph, Hoffman Auditorium, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT.  RSVP by March 1, 2016, to sblanchard@USJ.edu.  $5 suggested donation.

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - Book Signing - Framingham, MA Barnes & Noble

1 Worcester Road

Framingham, MA

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Friday, February 5, 2016 - Storytelling - Mark Twain House

If you want to learn more about that nearly calamitous childhood "international incident" mentioned on the back of "Taming PZ," please join us at The MOuTH.

351 Farmington Avenue

Hartford, CT

7:30 p.m. Reservations suggested.

Friday, January 15, 2016 - Book Signing - Manchester, CT Barnes & Noble

270 Buckland Hills Drive
Manchester, CT
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Book Signing - Farmington, CT Barnes & Noble

1599 South East Road
Farmington, CT
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - Book Signing - Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - Book Signing - Walpole Barnes & Noble
82 Boston Providence Highway
East Walpole, MA

1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Book Signing - Manchester Barnes & Noble
270 Buckland Hills Drive
Manchester, CT
5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2015 - Book Signing - Farmington Barnes & Noble
1599 South East Road
Farmington, CT
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Book Signing 
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 -  Book Signing - Manchester Barnes & Noble
270 Buckland Hills Drive
Manchester, CT
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 28, 2015-“Indies First” event to celebrate indie bookstores
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT

Martha will be there 2-4 p.m.

November 20, 2015 - Great surprise visit to Massachusetts' Wilmington Memorial Library MCBA reading group 
November 7, 2015 - Book Signing
Portsmouth/Newington - Fox Run Mall Barnes and Noble
45 Gosling Road
Newington, NH
11:00- 2:00 p.m.
To benefit the Nurture and Nature Children's Center in Newfields, NH
October 18, 2015 - Book Reading and Signing
Danbury Square Barnes & Noble
15 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT
3:00 p.m.
October 18, 2015 -Book Signing
Holyoke Barnes & Noble
7 Holyoke St.
Holyoke, MA
9:00-11:00 a.m.
October 15, 2015 - Book Reading and Signing 
Walpole Mall Barnes & Noble
82 Boston Providence Highway
East Walpole, MA 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 

October 12, 2015 - Book Signing
Buckland Hills Barnes & Noble
270 Buckland Hills Dr.

Manchester, CT    
 5:00-7:00 p.m.   

October 10, 2015- Book Signing
Farmington Barnes & Noble
1599 South East Rd.                      
Farmington, CT
3:00 p.m.

September 27, 2015 - Book Signing
Somerset Square Barnes & Noble
175 Glastonbury Rd.
Glastonbury, CT
12:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Taming PZ will be featured in an interview on New England Public Radio on July 31, 2015, as part of the "Summer Fiction Series."  Tune in or click on the link on the Radio, TV and Photos page.

  • Martha Ritter will be speaking at the Avon Free Public Library on July 28, 2015 -7:00 pm. 

  • See us at BookCon at Javits Center in New York City on May 29-30, 2015. If you like books - this is the place to be!

  • Taming PZ will be at Book Expo America 2015 at Javits Center in New York City on May 27 -29, 2015. If you are there, stop by the Bradley Street Press table at AM-19 in the Author Marketplace.

  • Martha Ritter will be signing books at R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, on May 20, 2015, at 7:00 pm.

  • Taming PZ will be on Better Connecticut WFSB Channel 3 on April 28, 2015.

  • First 2015 GOODREADS giveaway: Dec 26, 2014 through Jan 3, 2015 - one free autographed book - Sign up on GOODREADS!

  • KINDLE Countdown Promotion! Dec 26, 2015 to Jan 2, 2015.  Starts at $0.99.  A great opportunity to get "Taming PZ" on your new e-reader.  In the children's book category for this promotion, "Taming PZ" is #3 out of over 400 books, based on average reader rating.

  • November 7, 2014 8:45 pm-  Live Audiobook Reading - Rancho La Puerta, Baja California

  • October 26, 2014 - Author Talk and Live Audiobook Reading at the Noah Webster Library, West Hartford, CT, 2:00 pm in the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, CT.  Come join us for this reading, presentation and book signing.  This is part of the "Authors LIVE!" series.

  • October 14, 2014 - Autographed copies are now available at Barnes and Noble stores at Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT and West Farms Mall, Farmington, CT. 

  • October 6, 2014 - Join us at illustrator Matt Ryan's Monday Jam.  All the normal fun plus Martha will be reading from "Taming PZ" and answering questions about the creative process. See Matt's website for details.

  • August 24, 2014 - Three autographed copies to be given away on GOODREADS.  These are the final released versions - perfect for your autographed book collection!

  • August 24, 2014 - We will be at the annual D.O.G.G.S Canine Swim at Salmon Brook Park in Granby, CT 12:00 to 4:30 pm.  Come say hi and watch the dogs go crazy in the swimming hole!  We will have books available for sale and Matt Ryan, the illustrator, will be there too!

  • August 14, 2014 - The  KINDLE version of "Taming PZ" is now available on Amazon.com!

  • August 1, 2014 - IT'S AVAILABLE!  The paperback version of "The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ" is now available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

  • June 9, 2014 - We are getting close to publication!  Five more Advance Reader Copies available through a GOODREADS Giveaway.  Be one of the first to read it!

  • May 26, 2014 - Preview "Taming PZ" with an Advance Reader Copy giveaway on GOODREADS!  Sign up now! Two copies will be given away.