Local author Vince Vawter will speak at Hodges Library Auditorium at 7pm on January 27, 2013 about his recent book for young people. Paperboy is set in Memphis, TN in 1959 and features an 11-year-old boy who stutters. A School Library Journal reviewer says, “Vawter portrays a protagonist so true to a disability that one cannot help but empathize with the difficult world of a stutterer. Yet, Victor's story has much broader appeal as the boy begins to mature and redefine his relationship with his parents, think about his aspirations for the future, and explore his budding spirituality.
CCYAL has partnered with the East Tennessee History Society on a Teaching American History project entitled Enduring Visions. Former CCYAL board member, author and young adult services librarian Ed Sullivan has created bibliographies listing the best of both fiction and information titles on critical periods in American history explored in the fourth year of the Enduring Visions curriculum. Those lists can be viewed on the wiki space created for the teachers involved in the project.
On Thursday, 10/24, Professor Philip Nel and Karin Westman, two internationally recognized children’s literature scholars will be speaking, from 3:30-5:00pm, in 1210 McClung Tower. Professor Nel, a University Distinguished Professor and the Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature, will give a talk entitled “Not So Simple: The Genius of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Professor Westman, who is the Head of the Department of English at Kansas State University will be speaking on “Mind the Gap: Harry Potter and the Fantasy (of) Genre.”
Ruta Sepetys, author of the acclaimed novel Between Shades of Gray, will speak at the University on Tuesday October 8th at 7pm in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Between Shades of Gray is a powerful story inspired by Sepetys' own families' experience in Lithuania under Soviet Occupation during Stalin's brutal dictatorship. Sepetys' second novel, Out of the Easy, combines her "love for New Orleans, historical scandal, and the idea that we are most perfect in our imperfection."
Director Miranda Clark of the SIS Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature presented a summer reading list for kids and young adults in advance of the annual summer workshop. The full story can be read on www.knoxnews.com at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/jul/10/ut-center-offers-summer-reading-list-kids/.