Our fall semester is just beginning here at the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature and we have many new and exciting things to share with you. We wanted to let you know of an upcoming event that we are thrilled about. On September 19, Matt de la Pena will be visiting the Knoxville area. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
As an advocate for adolescent voices and spaces, Mr. de la Pena speaks out on issues of race (or lack thereof) in the curriculum and the complexity of adolescence and the assumptions we make about them.
Mr. de la Pena will be speaking at Barnes and Noble on Kingston Pike at 7:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow.