Distinguished Visiting Writer’s Series — Jack Gantos
(Piper Friends-Only Event)
Saturday, December 7, 2013 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Exclusive Piper Friends Event
JACK GANTOS is the author of over forty books for children from the ROTTEN RALPH picture books, collections of JACK HENRY short stories, upper elementary and middle school JOEY PIGZA novels, young adult novels—LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS, DESIRE LINES, and a memoir, HOLE IN MY LIFE. His work can lead readers from the cradle to the grave.
Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Masters 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 have 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. His most recent novel is DEAD END IN NORVELT which received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell award for Historic Fiction. The companion novel, FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE will be released in the fall of 2013.
Past Distinguished Visiting Writers have included Michael Ondaatje, Zadie Smith, E.L. Doctorow, Lee Gutkind, and Michael Chabon, among many others.