Hamline News

June 13, 2014

Writing Program Brings Top Authors for Children and Young Adults to Hamline University

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this July 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 Newbery Medal winning author Clare Vanderpool. Vanderpool won the 2011 Newbery Medal for her first book, Moon Over Manifest, making her the first debut author to achieve the feat in thirty years. She is the first Kansas native to win the Newbery Medal and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Hamline faculty authors who will read include:

Ron Koertge, author of a dozen books, including Margaux With An X, Stoner & Spaz, and The Brimstone Journals as well as Shakespeare Bats Clean-Up and the sequel, Shakespeare Makes the Play-Offs.

Gary Schmidt, author of more than fifteen books, including The Wednesday Wars, a 2008 Newbery Honor Award winner, and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which won a Newbery Honor award and a Michael L. Printz Honor award in 2005.

Gene Luen Yang, author and illustrator of numerous comics and author of, American Born Chinese, winner of the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature.

Phyllis Root, recipient of many prestigious awards and author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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.

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.

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.

Public Readings 
Friday, July 11
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Ron Koertge, Marsha Qualey, Laura Ruby

Saturday, July 12
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Author: Clare Vanderpool

Sunday, July 13
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Gary Schmidt, Jane Resh Thomas, Marsha Chall 

Monday, July 14
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Gene Luen Yang, Anne Ursu, Phyllis Root

Tuesday, July 15
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Swati Avasthi, Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jacqueline Briggs-Martin

Wednesday, July 16
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Ricki Thompson, Alicia Williams, Melinda Cordell

Thursday, July 17
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Sara Kvois, Mike Petry, Katie Knutson

Saturday, July 19
6:45 – 8 p.m.
Giddens Learning Center, Room 110E, 1556 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul
Authors: Maria Macioce, Araceli Esparza

These readings are part of the July 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.