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Award winning author to speak at University Center

The Department of English invites you to hear children’s and young adult author Karen Hesse, who will speak to students and faculty Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room, located in the UTC University Center. Funded by the Connor Professorship of American Literature, this event is free and open to the public.
Karen Hesse, Author

Hesse, who was honored with the Newberry Award, will be in Chattanooga to discuss her works of literature, including her award-winning piece Out of the Dust.

A versatile and gifted writer who is dedicated to writing children’s books, Hesse has a unique style that has gained her literary fame and has widened her sphere of ever-growing readers, particularly young readers. “I can’t think of anyone I’d rather write for,” Hesse said. Hesse says she writes to bring young minds clarity about complex issues from ecology to history, while at the same time writing to uplift, to inform, and to entertain.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Hesse began to write in fourth grade.

In 1969, she attended Towson State College as a theater major, but transferred after two semesters to the University of Maryland, where she eventually earned a B.A. in English with double minors in psychology and anthropology.

Hesse’s first book, Wish on a Unicorn, was published in 1991. Her latest work, Out of the Dust, was one of the most distinguished young adult novels of 1997. Not only did the book earn Hesse the 1998 Newbery Award, Out of the Dust was also named the 1998 winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Other works by Karen Hesse:

  • Come On, Rain! (Scholastic, 1999)
  • Just Juice (Scholastic, 1998)
  • The Music of the Dolphins (scholastic, 1996)
  • A Time of Angels (Hyperion, 1995)
  • Phoenix Rising (Holt, 1994)
  • Sable (Holt, 1994)
  • Poppy’s Chair (Macmillan, 1993)
  • Lester’s Dog (Crown, 1993)
  • Lavender (Holt, 1993)
  • Letters from Rifka (Henry Holt, 1992)

For more information about Hesse’s visit, please contact the English Department at (423) 425-4238.

May 26, 2005

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