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Author Visits


Social studies teacher, October 2011: "The kids had a ball. You are so on target with your information."

Staff member, Virginia Center for the Humanities, October 2011: "The students learned so much."

Conference organizer, February 2010: “I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews of your talk. One Board member said that you were “mesmerizing.” 

Middle school librarian, March 2010: “Our students enjoyed their time with you and loved seeing the props and pictures you brought. We hope you’ll come visit next year!”

 Elementary school librarian, May 2010: “Your presentations truly engaged the students, and I appreciated your tailoring each one to the different age groups.”

“Mary, I want to thank you on behalf of the staff and students. We couldn’t have asked for a better virtual author visit today. You really sparked an interest in the students about reading stories from the past. We appreciate your willingness to work with us to get everything set up for our session.”
—Elementary teacher, online charter school, 2009

“Thank you so much for coming to speak at my school. You were great! You really inspired me.”
—Sixth grader, 2009

“We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful visit from Mary Lyons.”
—Elementary school librarian, 2009

“Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. The students truly enjoyed your visit.”
—Middle school librarian, 2009

“We want to say thank you for such a wonderful program. We have had a lot of good feedback.”
—Public librarian, 2009

“Mary was amazing....her presentation style was very interesting. The students were great listeners and learned a lot. They had lots of good questions, too.”
—Middle school librarian, 2009


For schools, I prepare a customized slide presentation that explains why and how I wrote a book. Please choose the title that best fits your needs. Possible curriculum connections: ancient Mexican and Andean cultures; women’s history and literature; African-American history and literature; Civil War history; Irish and Irish-American history; folklore and folk art.

Availability: Public, private, and charter schools or homeschooling grades 1-12. Adult writing classes and national, state or regional conferences anywhere.

Fee: $125 per session for schools in Charlottesville, VA, and adjacent counties. $500 for 3 school presentations elsewhere in Virginia. $500 for adult conferences in Virginia. Travel and lodging additional. Out of state additional.

New! ½ price fee for virtual author visits.