5:00 pm17:00

Fontana Arts Festival - Signing/Storytimes

Visit our booth at the Fontana Arts Festival for tons of amazing fun for kids all day long and of course signings and storytime! 



Sat, July 29, 2017

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

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Fontana Park

15556 Summit Ave

Fontana, CA 92336

Sep 3

Long Beach Comic Con

Come to the Long Beach Convention center and find our booth to have your new book personalized! First big show with Counting Sea Life with the Little Seahorse!

Oct 15

Bay Area Children's Book Festival - Silicon Valley and East Bay

Join Sheri Fink and I for our epic 2-Day Bay Area visit and book festival appearance.

The first day is at Sunnyvale and the second day we will be in Lafayette -- signing all day at our booth!

Please visit http://www.kidfestconcord.com/KidsBookFair1.html for all the info. 

10:00 am10:00

South Bay Festival of the Arts

Join Sheri and I at the South Bay Festival of the Arts at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center all day long! Will be signing and giving out tons of free swag! 

Jun 11

Kid Kon 2017! Pasadena Convention Center

Kid Kon 2017 is here! The ultimate kid-friendly con where every kid is a superhero!

Sheri Fink and I will be signing at our own booth and doing panels and presentation on both Saturday and Sunday! 

Check out Kid-Kon.com for all the details. This one is a can't miss for all kids and parents!

10:00 am10:00

Brentwood Arts Festival - all along San Vicente

It's the greatest arts festival in West LA! This one is fantastic! Find Sheri and I at our booth in the children's section of the festival, which is taking place all along San Vicente all day long. There will be tons of amazing kids activities, like an awesome faire, and of course we will be singing books and giving away awesome gifts for all kids in attendance! 

But the best part is that my mother, artist Melanie Taylor Kent, will be there with her own books displaying her amazing Disney and Star Wars art works! 

Apr 23

LA Times Festival of Books - USC

Myself and Sheri Fink will be sharing a booth and signing both days in the children's section of the amazing annual festival! Free awesome swag for all in attendance. 

At the USC campus. 

Will update booth number when we get it!

10:00 am10:00

Family Learning Conference - University of La Verne

Come out to Orange County's University of La Verne for an amazing day filled with great authors, presentations, and tons of kids activities like a giant literacy carnival! 

My times on stage are TBD but I will be signing for several hours in the morning and early afternoon. 

1:00 pm13:00

CBW-LA - Structure Writing Class

So Cal writers - Want to get started on the big new book or screenplay project, but don't know how to start or what constitutes a good story. 

Take this fantastic class with me as your teacher, and I will show you how basic knowledge of story structure can help launch your idea and fill in all elements like magic. See link below for sign-ups while still available! 


Date: April 8, 2017, Saturday

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Venue: El Segundo Main Library

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

*Non-members pay the full amount.

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book KUBRICK'S GAME.

9:30 am09:30

STEAM Skype Visit for Georgia

Derek will be Skyping in to several school districts and classrooms simultaneously for this awesome opportunity. Kids from all over Georgia will get to ask Derek questions about his books and what it's like to be an author!

Skype visits are a great way to share the magic of writing with our youth without the expense of an in-person visit!

Oct 30

ComiKaze - LA Convention Center

Find our booth at MONTAGE BOOKS in the Small Publisher section! Signing Kubrick's Game and Scary School books while they last! 

2:00 pm14:00

Kubrick's Game Signing and Scavenger Hunt - Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

Come to the famous Mysterious Galaxy Book Shop in San Diego, CA. for this very special event. 

There will be a reading, Q and A and signing to celebrate the launch of Kubrick's Game, as well as a book-lovers Scavenger Hunt around the store with awesome prizes for the winners! Will you be able to decipher the puzzles and achieve glory? Come find out! 

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111

2:00 pm14:00

Now Write Author's Panel - Palms-Rancho Park Library

Join me and several other great authors featured in the book NOW WRITE! will be answering your questions and talking about our process at the Santa Monica Public Library. 


2:00 – Doors open to the public – Register & Network with other writers
2:30 – Announcements
3:00 – Now Write! Panel
4:15 – Q&A
4:45 – Meet the Speaker(s)
5:30 – Library must close
6:00 – Guest of Honor Dinner – Members-only by RSVP.


Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064


1:00 pm13:00

Calabasas Barnes and Noble Signing: Scavenger Hunt + Bookfair for Local Library

Come to Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 1 pm - 2 pm! Will be reading/signing from Scary School and El Perro con Sombrero, plus there will be an in-store book-lover's SCAVENGER HUNT throughout the store. You will get the chance to unravel puzzles and discover clues that will test your literary acumen and possibly win you glory and prizes should you prevail. 

Proceeds from all purchases will go to support the local Calabasas library. Have fun and get some books for a great cause!