Richard Peck '56 on NYC Panel of Authors for Young Adults
February 18, 2010
February 18, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "I wanted to write just one novel that my students couldn’t call irrelevant," says former school teacher Richard Peck, the 1956 graduate of DePauw University, who has been called "America's best living author for young adults." Peck's comment, reported by Publishers Weekly, came at a February 8 panel discussion in New York City, "Crafting a Career as a Children's or Young Adult Author -- Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."
The program. moderated by David Levithan was presented by the PEN American Center’s Children’s Book Committee. Besides Peck, the panel included Jane O’Connor, Richard Peck, Marilyn Singer and Brian Floca.
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Richard Peck was the first writer for young readers to receive the National Humanities Medal. He published his debut novel in 1972. Are You In The House Alone? won the 1978 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His A Year Down Yonder won the Newbery Gold Medal in 2001. A Long Way From Chicago was a National Book Award finalist as was his Civil War novel, The River Between Us. All told, Peck has authored more than 30 books.
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