Hamline News

December 20, 2010

Award-winning children’s authors gather at Hamline; hold public readings for kids and adults

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Some of the best authors of literature for young people are sharing their creations through free public events January 7-16, 2011 at Hamline. The events include readings of published works by guest authors and faculty in Hamline’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program. The events are a component of the January residency for students in the MFAC program.

Keynote speaker:

Gary Schmidt, a Newbery Award winner, Hamline faculty member, and author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults, including The Wednesday Wars and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Visiting authors:
Gene Yang, whose book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Honor Award

Pete Hautman, author of eleven young adult novels, including Black Confession and Godless, winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Debra Frasier, author and illustrator of six award-winning picture books, including On the Day You Were Born, Out of the Ocean, and her most recent, A Fabulous Fair Alphabet

sNothando Zulu, is president and director of the Black Storytellers Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people throughout the world. Zulu weaves history, folklore, and personal experience into stories that reflect the traditions of Africans and southern African-Americans

Hamline’s own prominent faculty,all published and well-established authors,including, Jane Resh Thomas, Marsha Qualey, Mary Logue, Phyllis Root, Marsha Wilson Chall, Kelly Easton, Eleanora Tate,  Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jackie Briggs Martin, Anne Ursu and Liza Ketchum will also offer public readings.  

FREE AUTHOR READINGS

Friday, January 7
Readings by authors Marsha Qualey, Kelly Easton, Eleanora Tate, Phyllis Root
7‐8 p.m., Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Room
1535 Taylor Ave., Saint Paul

Saturday, January 8
Gene Yang Reading
2-2:30 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Sunday, January 9
Readings by authors Mary Logue, Jane Resh Thomas, Claire Rudolf Murphy, Jackie Briggs Martin
6:45-8:15 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Monday, January 10
Readings by authors Anne Ursu, Liza Ketchum, Marsha Chall, followed by an all-faculty book signing opportunity
6:45-8:30 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100 E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Wednesday, January 12
Readings by authors Mary Logue, Liza Ketchum, Phyllis Root
7‐8:15 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Friday, January 14
Deb Frasier Reading
2-2:30 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Saturday, January 15
Pete Hautman Reading
2–2:30 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Gary Schmidt Reading
6:45-7:30 p.m., Giddens Learning Center Room 100E
1556 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

Sunday, January 16
Graduation Recognition Ceremony (open to the public, as well)
Keynote Address by Gary Schmidt
3:30‐4:30 p.m., Bush Student Center Ballroom
1551 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul

The schedule of free public readings is listed above. All readings take place on Hamline’s Saint Paul campus. In addition, class lectures by the authors are open to those who purchase a guest lecture pass.