Author Richard Peck '56 Plans 'Celebration' at Utah Humanities Book Festival

Author Richard Peck '56 Plans 'Celebration' at Utah Humanities Book Festival

October 2, 2008

Richard Peck 2006.jpgOctober 2, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Richard Peck, the Newbery Medal-winning author of books for young people and 1956 graduate of DePauw University, will be among the presenters at the 11th Utah Humanities Book Festival. Peck will discuss "Celebration of Real Books in an Age of Facebook" at the event, which is presented by the Utah Humanities Council and will take place at the downtown library in Salt Lake City.

Other participants will include: Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us; Idris Anderson, Will Bagley, Sherri Haab, T.J. Leyden, Jeffrey McCarthy, Stephen Trimble, Terry Tempest Williams and Sara Zarr.

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Peck is among the 108 contributors to the new book, Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. 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.  A former teacher, Peck was the 2001 recipient of the Newbery Medal (the top prize for children's literature given by the American Library Association) for A Year Down Yonder.  He was also the 2002 winner of the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and the 1990 winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award. He is the author of more than 30 books for young people, including Here Lies the Librarian; The River Between Us; and The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts.

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