Authors in the Schools are being planned now. Check back later in the spring and summer for details!
The following authors will be making private presentations in the schools.
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Julie Bowe grew up in Luck, Wisconsin. She is the author of the Friends for Keeps series: My Last Best Friend, which is perfect for readers who have graduated from Sara Pennypacker’s “Clementine” stories, Barbara Park’s “Junie B. Jones” series, and Megan McDonald’s “Judy Moody” books, according to School Library Journal; My New Best Friend, My Best Frenemy, My Forever Friends, and My Extra Best Friend. Julie doesn’t live in Luck anymore, but she still feels very lucky to be a children’s author. Visit Julie online at www.juliebowe.com.
Presentation: Meet Julie Bowe, Children’s Author
What was Julie like as a kid? Did she always want to be a writer? How did My Last Best Friend become a book? Using a PowerPoint presentation and lots of audience participation, Julie will discuss what a writer needs (tools, imagination), what a story needs (characters, setting, plot), and what a book needs (publication process).
Kathleen Ernst is a novelist, social historian, and educator. She created Caroline Abbott, American Girl’s newest historical character, and wrote seven bestselling books about her. Kathleen’s fiction for children and young adults also includes eight mysteries set between 1732 and 1945 for American Girl, five novels set during the American Civil War, and a contemporary novel. Honors for her work include four Arthur Tofte Juvenile Fiction Awards, a Children’s Literature Award from the Society of Midland Authors, and Edgar and Agatha Award nominations. She also won an Emmy Award for a video scripted for public television. She has a Masters Degree in History Education and Writing from Antioch University, where her self-designed program included a strong focus on historical fiction. Kathleen also writes the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mysteries for adults. Kathleen lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Friday, October 18 – Presentation: From Idea to Book
Catherine Friend lives on a small farm in southeastern Minnesota, where she and her wife Melissa raise sheep and cattle. She writes adult nonfiction, fiction, and children’s books. Her children’s books include easy readers and middle grade novels, including The Perfect Nest, which won the 2009 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Book Award. Catherine will tailor each presentation to the age group, addressing how a book is written and illustrated, the life of a writer, and will lead a short writing game.
Presentation: Friday, October 18
Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller and author from Wisconsin. He’s worked as a full-time performer since 1986, and he gives over 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. He’s a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops for teachers, parents and librarians. Stuart’s travels have taken him to such far places as Greece, Egypt, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Great Britain, as well as to other exotic locales like Green Bay, LaCrosse, and Fond du Lac.
Presentation: Friday, October 18th
Amy Timberlake grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin and currently lives in Chicago. She is the author of two novels for young readers (One Came Home and That Girl Lucy Moon) and one picture book (The Dirty Cowboy). Amy has taught writing at the Hand Workshop Art Center in Richmond, Virginia, and has an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Dirty Cowboy was recently adapted into a musical for children by Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Mike Wohnoutka is the illustrator of many children’s books. Since graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design he has worked with various publishers, including Random House, Dutton Children’s Books, Clarion Books, Holiday House, Scholastic Books, Walker & Co., and Hyperion Books. The books he’s illustrated have won many awards and accolades, including the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award, the Bank Street College Best Children’s Book, and the Texas Library Association’s Pick of the Decade. His presentation is an interactive session that involves a drawing demonstration. He lives in Minneapolis.
Becky Wojahn (W.H. Beck)
W.H. Beck is the author of Malcolm at Midnight, and–writing as Rebecca Hogue Wohjahn–a picturebook (Evan Early) and many nonfiction titles. Malcolm at Midnight is a winner of the 2013 Friends of American Writers award. Beck earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught for several years, but she wanted to do more with books and technology, so she went back to school for a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked in libraries ever since. She is an elementary school librarian by day and by night (and early mornings) a writer. She lives in Eau Claire.
Gene Luen Yang
Gene Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996, launching more than a decade of awards and accolades from the literary community. In 1997, he was awarded a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, which he followed with a number of stories in comic form. Yang’s American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. His presentation will cover how the graphic novel has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and how today’s writers and artists are pushing the boundaries of the medium, inventing new storytelling techniques to tell new kinds of stories. Yang lives in California with his wife and four children.
“One bright and starry night the Gods, the Goddesses, the Demons and the Spirits gathered in Heaven for a Dinner Party.” — from American Born Chinese
In addition to the school event on Friday, Oct. 18, Mr. Yang is also speaking publicly at this Event:
Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm UW-EC Davies Center: “Graphic Novels: Process and Innovation” Co-sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Department of Geography and Anthropology and the West Lakes Association of American Geographers.
Selected Works: Boxers and Saints (2013), Avatar: The Last Airbender (2013), Animal Crackers (2010), American Born Chinese (2008)