Richard Peck '56 to Appear at Tucson Festival of Books

Richard Peck '56 to Appear at Tucson Festival of Books

February 6, 2009

Richard Peck 2006.jpgFebruary 6, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Richard Peck, the Newbery Medal-winning author of books for young people and 1956 graduate of DePauw University, is among the writers scheduled to appear at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 14-15 on the University of Arizona campus. "The festival will feature nearly 400 writers from across the country. More than 50 children's and young-adult authors are scheduled to attend," reports the Arizona Daily Star.

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Peck 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 2007 winner of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award for Literature, the 2002 recipient of the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and the 1990 winner of the Richard Peck ARW 2006 a.jpgprestigious 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. (at right: Peck signing books at DePauw's Alumni Reunion Weekend in 2006)

After winning the Newbery Medal in 2001, Peck told 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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