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Ruta Sepetys to Speak Tuesday October 8th

Ruta Sepetys, author of the acclaimed novel Between Shades of Gray, will speak at the University on Tuesday October 8th at 7pm in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Between Shades of Gray is a powerful story inspired by Sepetys' own families' experience in Lithuania under Soviet Occupation during Stalin's brutal dictatorship. Sepetys' second novel, Out of the Easy, combines her "love for New Orleans, historical scandal, and the idea that we are most perfect in our imperfection."

Ruta Sepetys author photo

Between Shades of Gray cover

SIS CCYAL Director Clark Presents Summer Reading List

2013 CCYAL Recommended Reading List

Director Miranda Clark of the SIS Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature presented a summer reading list for kids and young adults in advance of the annual summer workshop.  The full story can be read on at

Best of the Best 2013

 2013 Best of the Best Postcard
CCYAL and KCPL Present:
The Best of the Best 2013 Workshop
Friday, July 19, 2013
East TN History Center in downtown Knoxville
Half day - $25
Full day - $50
8:30am - 9:00am  Meet and Greet with Coffee
9:00am - 12:00pm Books for Birth through Grade 6
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Books for Grades 6-12

Participants provide their own lunch and parking. Certificates of Attendance will be available and a book sale will be offered throughout the day. 

Registrants may pay by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature and mailed to Mary Pom Claiborne's attention at Knox County Public Library 500 W. Church Ave. Knoxville, TN 37902.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Come sign up on the day of. We'd love for you to join us.


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