You might want to schedule your trip to the cabin for later in July, or even August, because Hamline University is hosting a children's and young-adult reading festival next week that sounds worth sticking around for.
Nationally acclaimed authors include Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo, National Book Award winner Will Alexander, and beloved local writers Phyllis Root and John Coy. The readings, which are free, begin Friday and continue through July 21.
Here's the schedule, with more information at www.hamline.edu/cla/mfac/residencies/schedule.html.
July 12, 6:45 p.m.: Ron Koertge, Marsha Qualey, Phyllis Root. Drew Science Center, Room 118.
July 14, 6:45 p.m.: Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Marsha Chall, Swati Avasthi. Drew Science Center, Room 118.
July 15, 6:45 p.m., Claire Rudolf Murphy, Gene Yang, Eleanora Tate, Anne Ursu. Drew Science Center, Room 118.
July 16, 3:30 p.m., Emily Jenkins. School of Law Building, Room 103.
July 17, 1:50 p.m., Franny Billingsley. School of Law Building, Room 103.
July 18, 3 p.m., John Coy. Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E.
July 20, 11 a.m., William Alexander. Giddens Learning Center, Room 100E.
July 21, 3:30 p.m., Kate DiCamillo. Drew Fine Arts Center, Anne Simley Theatre.
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