Submitted by Donna Silvey on November 7, 2011 – 12:11pm
The CCYAL presents young adult fiction writer Wendelin Van Draanen as our fall semester 2011 guest lecturer on November 15. The lecture will be held in the University of Tennessee’s James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building, Room 27. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow.
The event is free to the public. Paid parking is available in UT’s University Center Garage.
For those who will not be able to attend the lecture in-person, the CCYAL will host a live Centra stream of the lecture. Follow these links to attend live or to listen to the recorded playback:
Van Draanen’s latest novel The Running Dream tells the story of high school track star Jessica. Running is not just what she does, it’s who she is. So when a tragic accident causes her to lose one of her legs, she is shattered – inside and out.
Though the doctors say she’ll be able to walk with a prosthetic limb, recovery is slow and full of pitfalls. As she struggles to reclaim her life, Jessica gets to know Rosa – a girl with cerebral palsy whom she and her friends had always overlooked. Not only does not Rosa come to Jessica’s rescue in Math, she also helps her reach for a future that is full of unexpected opportunities.
Van Draanen is also the author of many award-winning children’s literature titles. Now in its tenth installment, the Sammy Keyes Mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery four times in six years, with Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief bringing home the statue. Additionally, she has won the Christopher medal for Shredderman:Secret Identity, and the California Young Reader Medal for Flipped. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, and have been optioned for film and television projects.
She lives in California with her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include the “Three R’s”: Reading, Running and Rock ‘n’ Roll.