January 27th proved to be a very exciting day for CCYAL and an even more exciting day for our guest speaker and local author, Mr. Vince Vawter. At precisely 6:43am he recieved a call from the American Library Association 2014 Newbery committee to let him know that his first novel, Paperboy, was selected as one of this year's three Newbery Honor books.
Local author Vince Vawter will speak in the CCI 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.”