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Richard Peck '56 Receives 'Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award for Literature'

December 30, 2007

Richard Peck 6.gifDecember 30, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "Authors Richard Peck and Louis Sachar are the latest recipients of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's 'Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award for Literature,'" reports today's Indianapolis Star. A 1956 graduate of DePauw University, "Peck is the author of more than 30 books, including the 2001 Newbery Award-winning A Year Down Yonder, which invites young people to think for themselves."

The newspaper notes, "Created as a tribute to the city's literary son, the Vonnegut award celebrates works that document and define the human condition."

Richard Peck 2006.jpgLearn more about Richard Peck -- who received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush on April 22, 2002 -- in this recent story.

The Washington Post calls Richard Peck "America's best living author for young adults." After winning the Newbery Medal, Peck told DePauw.edu that the University Audio Link[Download Audio: "Peck on DePauw" 603KB] "made a writer out of me. It warned me never to show my rough draft to anybody. That helps. I write each of my books six times because I have to, and it's the sixth version my editor sees and nothing before that. I learned that from DePauw professors."

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