Harding University

February 26, 2014

Young Adult Author Series to feature Christopher Paul Curtis

The Graduate Reading Program of Harding University will present its third Young Adult Author Series program Feb. 28-March 1. This professional development workshop will feature Newbery Honor Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis.

Curtis spent his first 13 years after high school on an automobile assembly line in Flint, Mich., where he was born. Curtis’ writing and his dedication to it was influenced by his family members who played roles in dark times in America’s history, such as the Great Depression and the pre-civil rights era.

Curtis wrote “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963,” a story of the impact of civil rights violence on a boy and his family. It is the recipient of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. Curtis’ “Bud, Not Buddy” is a story of an orphaned 10-year-old boy in search of his father and his home during hard times in 1936 Flint, Mich. It received a Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Honor. Curtis is also the author of “The Mighty Miss Malone,” “Bucking the Sarge,” “Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money,” “Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission,” and “Elijah of Buxton,” which received a Newbery Honor.

The professional development workshop will include a Friday night meal, a Saturday morning continental breakfast, and an author information packet. Event prices include $125 for one series event and $100 for two series events.

The series will conclude in April with award-winning author S.A. Bodeen and Clare Vanderpool, author of the recently published “Moon Over Manifest,” which received a Newbery Medal.

For more information and to register call 501-279-5322 or email yaas@harding.edu.