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Hamline MFAC Faculty Member Eliot Schrefer is the Featured Author for University of Minnesota's Book Week 2021

Date: October 19, 2021
Time: All day event.
Cost: N/A
Contact: Name: Terry Horstman Email: thorstman01@hamline.edu
Location: University of Minnesota, McNamara Alumni Center
Sponsor: Creative Writing Programs-MFAC
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About Book Week: Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and authors organized at the University of Minnesota since 1941. The event attracts teachers, librarians, educators, students, and audiences passionate about young readers’ literacy. Over the past 79 years, Book Week has featured some of the most notable authors of children’s and YA literature, including Madeleine L’Engle, Kate DiCamillo, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Gene Luen Yang. Book Week is hosted by faculty and graduate students from the children’s literature program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The guest author’s books are available for sale and autographing.

About Eliot: Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times-bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” He is also the author of two novels for adults and four other novels for children and young adults. His books have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He lives in New York City, where he reviews books for USAToday. He is also a faculty member in Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Author Talk Title: “It’s lonely out there for a human: How literature for young people can bond us with the natural world.”

Description: Children have a natural inclination to anthropomorphize the world around them, effortlessly assigning emotional states to the non-human. Zoology has classically encouraged us to do the opposite, to avoid assigning human feelings to non-human animals. But how might this “anthropodenial” maintain the narrative of human exceptionalism that has fueled environmental degradation and climate change… and how might literature for young people provide a hopeful solution?