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Richard Peck '56 Among Authors Slated to Speak at BookExpo America

March 8, 2010

Richard Peck LOC.jpgMarch 8, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Richard Peck, the award-winning author of books for young people and 1956 graduate of DePauw University, will be among the speakers at BookExpo America. The event, which will take place May 25-27 in New York City, will also feature appearances by Jon Stewart, Condoleezza Rice, John Grisham, Christopher Hitchens, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, reports Publishers Weekly.

Peck is scheduled to speak at the Children's Author Breakfast on Wednesday, May 26.  He 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. (at right: Peck signing books at DePauw's Alumni Reunion Weekend in 2006)

After winning the Newbery Medal, Peck Richard Peck ARW 2006 a.jpgtold 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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