At the lecture, Katherine will speak about her newest book, My Brigadista Year, which follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read. Katherine will then sign books in the Children’s Department of the Carnegie Library, and Ellis will host an activity table for guests. Families are encouraged to stop by the table for some hands-on fun while they wait in line to have their book signed! The following day, Katherine will be on campus at Ellis to visit with students and host a one-hour Q&A session.
A beloved author who has written 16 children’s novels, Katherine has won the distinguished Newbery Medal twice (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award twice (The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins). In honor of her contributions to children’s literature, Katherine received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
A true literary icon, Katherine’s words have touched the hearts of hundreds of Ellis girls and millions of children across the globe. Please join us on Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate Katherine’s work and hear from the author herself. Ellis families are eligible for a special discounted group rate ticket of $8 for the event. Tickets can be purchased here with the promocode ELLIS1718 at checkout.