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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 July 9-18 at Hamline University. The events include readings of published works from guest authors and faculty as well as pieces written by students in Hamline’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC).

Hamline is especially excited to host readings featuring writer, documentary film maker, and conservationist T.A. Barron. Barron has written over 20 award-winning books, but he’s best known for The LostYears of Merlin and Great Avalon Tree series. His books have been The New York Times bestsellers and made countless “best” lists. Among Barron's awards is the 2011 DeGrummond USM Medallion for lifelong contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature.

Below are the names of the other extraordinary authors who will take part in the readings and the date and time of each event.  

Wendy Orr, award-winning author of over 20 books. Best known for Nim’s Island which was made into a 2008 feature film

Elizabeth Partridge, National Book Award finalist. Award-winning author of more than a dozen books including, Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Get Weary

Lauren Stringer, Award-winning writer and illustrator. Her first illustrated children’s book, Mud, written by Mary Lyn Ray, won the Minnesota Book Award, the IRA Children’s Choice Award, and the Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award

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
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.

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

Liza 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 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

Public Readings Unless otherwise noted, all public events are held in the Kay Fredericks Room which is located on the 3rd floor of the Klas Center, 1535 Taylor Ave., St. Paul. Click here for a map of the Hamline campus.

Friday, July 9

7:15 p.m. Faculty Reading:

Phyllis Root, Gary Schmidt, Eleanora Tate, Claire Rudolf Murphy

Saturday, July 10

7 p.m. “The Play’s the Thing”

A world premiere production by and featuring MFAC student Naomi Kinsman

Location: Anne Simley Theater in the Drew Fine Arts Building, 1530 Taylor Ave., St. Paul.

Sunday, July 11

4:15 p.m. Elizabeth Partridge Reading

7 p.m. Graduate Readings:
Cheryl Bardoe, Katie Wojtalewicz, Jason Kurtz

8:30 p.m. Graduate Assistant Readings
Megan Atwood, Christine Heppermann, Ricki Thompson

Monday, July 12

7 p.m. Faculty Readings:
Ron Koertge, Jane Resh Thomas, Anne Ursu, Lisa Jahn‐Clough, Jackie Briggs‐Martin

8:15 p.m. GLS Reception/MFAC Faculty Book Signing

Tuesday, July 13

2 p.m. Reading: Lauren Stringer & Wendy Orr

7 p.m. Graduate Readings:
Dan Campbell, Lauren Tunnell‐Verdeyen, Riley Conway, Molly Burnham

Wednesday, July 14

7 p.m. Faculty Readings:
Marsha Qualey, Liza Ketchum, Kelly Easton, Mary Logue

Friday, July 16  

7 p.m. Graduate Readings:
Denise Harbison, Dave Revere, Yolanda Hare

Saturday, July 17

7 p.m. T. A. Barron Reading

Sunday, July 18

3 p.m. Graduation Ceremony: Keynote Address by T. A. Barron: The Magic of Words

Location: Anne Simley Theater in the Drew Fine Arts Building, 1530 Taylor Ave., St. Paul.