Richard Peck '56 to Appear at American Library Association's National Convention
June 15, 2011
June 15, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "The American Library Association's national convention will be in New Orleans on June 23-28 and many top authors will be in town," reports the Advertiser of Lafayette, Louisiana. Among the visitors, according to the piece, will be Richard Peck, the award-winning writer of books for young people and 1956 graduate of DePauw University. Peck will sign copies of his book Three Quarters Dead from 1-2 p.m. on June 26 at the New Orleans Public Library. He'll also make several appearances at the convention.
A former school teacher, Peck published his debut novel in 1972. He has been called "America's best living author for young adults" and was the first children's book author to receive a National Humanities Medal. Are You In The House Alone? won the 1978 Edgar Allan Poe Award. He received the Newbery Gold Medal in 2001 for A Year Down Yonder. A Long Way From Chicago was a National Book Award finalist as was his Civil War novel, The River Between Us. USA Today calls Three Quarters Dead, Peck's latest work, "provocative and entertaining."
All told, Peck -- who returned to campus last weekend for his 55th class reunion (and presented a lecture, seen in the photos accompanying this article) -- has authored 39 novels.
After winning the Newbery Medal, Peck -- who received an honorary doctorate from DePauw in 1999 -- told DePauw.edu that the University [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."Back