Hamline News

December 22, 2011

Accomplished Authors Hold Readings for Writing Students and the Public.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this January without putting a strain on your budget? Join us at Hamline University for a series of free readings by top children’s authors from around the country, many of whom also teach in Hamline’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. You can see the schedule of readings below.

Among the notable authors is New York Times best-selling author Alison McGhee. McGhee has published several picture books, books for children, and adult novels. She is the winner of numerous awards, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Shadow Baby.

The other authors who will read include:

Jacqueline Briggs-Martin, Caldecott medalist best known for Snowflake Bentley.

Marsha Chall, 
author of a chapter book for children and six picture books, including Up North at the Cabin and Sugarbush Spring.

Marilyn Nelson, Newbery Honor Award winner and accomplished poet for adults and children, three-time finalist for the National Book Award. 

Marsha Qualey,
two-time Minnesota Book Award winner and author of several young adult novels including Thin Ice, Too Big a Storm, Just Like That. 

Anne Ursu,
fantasy writer and author of the critically-acclaimed new novel Breadcrumbs as well as The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song and more.

Jane Resh Thomas, recipient of many prestigious awards for contributions to children's literature; author of The Comeback Dog, Saying Good-Bye to Grandma, and Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I.

Laura Ruby
writes fantasy, mystery, and contemporary realistic fiction for young readers. Her teen novels include Good Girls, Play Me, and Bad Apple

Eleanora Tate, author of 11 novels for young readers, including Celeste's Harlem Renaissance, The Secret of Gumbo Grove, Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!, and A Blessing in Disguise. 

Claire Rudolph Murphy,
author of 17 books of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, including Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock, Daughters of the Desert: Remarkable Women of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions, and Children of the Gold Rush.

Swati Avashthi,
 author of the young adult novel, Split, a Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner, a New Voices pick, and a Cybils Young Adult Fiction finalist. Her second YA novel, Bidden, is forthcoming in 2012. 

Lin Oliver, author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. 

Public Readings
Friday, January 6
7‐8 p.m.
Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Room,1535 Taylor Ave., Saint Paul
Authors: Jackie Briggs Martin, Marilyn Nelson, Kelly Easton, Laura Ruby

Saturday, January 7
2-2:30 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul
Author: Ann Bausum

Sunday, January 8
6:45-7:45 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul
Authors: Marsha Chall, Jane Resh Thomas, Claire Rudolf Murphy

Monday, January 9
6:45-8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul
Authors: Marsha Qualey, Swati Avasthi, Anne Ursu

Saturday, January 14
Reading: 4-4:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing: 4:30-5 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul
Author: Alison McGhee

These readings are part of the January residency for students in Hamline's Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program. If you are interested in details about the residency, or to purchase a lecture pass, go to the MFAC web page. Watch the video below to find out more about the program from a former student and published author.