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"Dynamic" Richard Peck '56 to Present Reading in Michigan Next Week

"Dynamic" Richard Peck '56 to Present Reading in Michigan Next Week

June 11, 2008

Richard Peck 2006.jpgJune 11, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Richard Peck, noted young adult author and 2001 Newbery Medal winner, will perform a reading for 4th graders up, families and educators on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Old Art Building in Leland," begins an item in Michigan's Leelanau Enterprise. "A book signing at the Leland Library will be held the same day from 2 to 3 p.m. and also after the performance."

Of the 1956 DePauw University graduate, the newspaper adds, "A dynamic speaker and educator, Richard Peck has written thirty novels and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for the young. A versatile author, Peck Librarian.jpghe is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his mysteries and coming-of-age novels."

Learn more at the Enterprise's Web site.

The Washington Post calls Peck "America's best living author for young adults." He received the National Humanities Medal in 2002 and was honored last year with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award for Literature.  Peck was also the 2002 winner of the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and the 1990 recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association in cooperation with School Library Journal. He has authored more than 30 books, including the Newbery Award-winning A Year Down Yonder.

In a 2001 interview, Peck discussed his DePauw experience. Learn more in this previous story.