January 11, 2010

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this month- without putting a strain on your budget? Bring them over to Hamline University for free book readings by children’s authors from around the country.

One of the most prominent authors who will be reading is the legendary Jane Yolen, author and editor of more than 300 books for children and adults, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the 20th century, Yolen has won numerous prestigious awards for her writing. Her writing spans multiple genres: realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, folklore, mystery, graphic novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction.

The other authors who will read include: 

  • Jacqueline Briggs-Martin, Caldecott medalist best known for Snowflake Bentley 
  • Marsha Qualey, author of several young adult novels including Thin Ice, Too Big a Storm, Just Like That   
  • Anne Ursu, fantasy writer and author of 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    
  • Phyllis Root, author of more than 40 books (most are picture books) including Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble and Big Momma Makes the World    
  • Alexandria LaFaye, author of seven novels for middle-grade readers including The Year of the Sawdust Man, Edith Shay, and The Strength of Saints  
  • Lisa Jahn-Clough, author of the young adult novels Me, Penelope and Country Girl/City Girl, and author and illustrator of 12 picture books, including Alicia Has a Bad Day and Little Dog.
  • Marsha Chall, author of a chapter book for children and six picture books, including Up North at the Cabin and Sugarbush Spring 
  • 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  
  • Mary Logue, award-winning poet and mystery writer has published seven adult mysteries; three collections of poetry for adults; one novel for young adults – Dancing With an Alien - and is co-author with her husband Pete Hautman of the Bloodwater mystery series  
  • Lisa Ketchum, author of 14 books for young readers, including the recent historical novel, Where the Great Hawk Flies, Orphan Journey Home, and Blue Coyote  
  • Claire Rudolph Murphy, author of seventeen 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 

Below all the times and places are listed for the children’s books readings: 

Friday, January 8
7:15-8:15 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Marsha Qualey, Kelly Easton, Claire Rudolf-Murphy

Saturday, January 9
7-8:15 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Jane Resh Thomas, Alexandria LaFaye, Anne Ursu, Jackie Briggs Martin

Tuesday, January 12
7-8 p.m.
Readings, followed by all-faculty book signing
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Lisa Jahn-Clough, Eleanora Tate, Marsha Chall

Wednesday, January 13

7-8:15 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Mary Logue, Liza Ketchum, Phyllis Root

Saturday, January 16
7-8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Jane Yolen Reading

There will also be academic lectures for those interested in attending lectures on the elements of craft in writing for children, a limited number of lecture passes will be available for purchase. For more information: 651-523-2047.

The readings and lectures are a component of Hamline University Graduate School of Liberal Studies’ master of fine arts in writing for children & young adults. It is geared at writers of literature for children and young adults who hope to be published. The faculty is comprised of well-known, award-winning authors who are experienced teachers. To learn about Hamline’s MFA and MFAC writing programs, visit: Hamline.edu/cwp.