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Award-Winning Authors to Visit Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Authors Matt de la Pena and Rita Williams Garcia won major book awards earlier this month, and we are so excited they are both going to be speaking at the CCYAL this year.

Mark your calendars: Rita Williams Garcia will be here Monday, April 4, 2016, and Matt de la Pena will be here Monday, September 19, 2016. Stay tuned for more details on Facebook, in our forthcoming spring newsletter, and on our website.

Last Stop on Market STreet


Seasons Readings!

Seasons Readings!

Happy Holidays from the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature! Here are some books from the shelves that would make excellent gifts and reading is always a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! Enjoy and we look forward to sharing with you in 2016!

Young Adult (age 14 and up)

Celebrating 150 Years of The Secret Garden author Frances Hodgson Burnett in East Tennessee


Week of November 16-19 2015 150th anniversary celebration in New Market, Jefferson City, and Dandridge Tennessee .

 Most everyone in our area has heard of The Secret Garden, but few know that the author lived here in East Tennessee when she first came to America from England in 1865, first living in New Market, then in Knoxville. The life and works of Frances Hodgson Burnett will be celebrated the week of Nov. 16-19 with several events taking place. Frances's life was like some of the books she penned, going from wealth to poverty, then a rags to riches story. The author, who wrote many books, is best remembered for her three most famous children's books, The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and A Little Princess.


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