May 22, 2014
Boston Public Library - Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
Jack Gantos is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the Rotten Ralph picture books and collections of Jack Henry short stories; upper elementary and middle school Joey Pigza novels; young adult novels Love Curse of the Rumbaughs and Desire Lines; and a memoir, Hole in My Life. Previously, Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the master's degree program in Children's Literature, Writing, and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools, and libraries. His works received a Newbery Award, Scott O'Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist Honor, and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN Award for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children's Literature. Dead End in Norvelt received both the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historic Fiction. The companion novel From Norvelt to Nowhere is his most recent.
A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating in Rabb Lecture Hall is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance reservations are available.
The 2014 Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library, Gateway to Reading, explores the fundamental importance of childhood literacy and addresses the joys, discoveries, questions, and challenges facing today's generation of young readers. The series of acclaimed speakers includes beloved authors and illustrators who turn reluctant readers into voracious bookworms, noted scholars in the field of children's literature, and experts who bring literacy skills and the love of reading and writing to children in new and groundbreaking ways. A full listing of this series can be found at www.bpl.org/lowell.