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Read for Your Life #6

Read for Your Life #6

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Read for Your Life #6

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24 страницы
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Издано:
15 окт. 2010 г.
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9780547501796
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing a monthly series of e-only essays to correspond with Katherine Paterson’s two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The subjects of the essays include: writing and literature for young people, the wonder and imagination found within great books, common questions novice writers ask, and Katherine’s own personal experiences throughout her historic career.
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15 окт. 2010 г.
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.


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Read for Your Life #6 - Katherine Paterson

Read for Your Life 6

Katherine Paterson


Speeches & Writings of

KATHERINE PATERSON


National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


Clarion Books • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • Boston New York


Contents

Still Summoned by Books

FRANCES CLARKE SAYERS LECTURE [>]

Still Summoned by Books

FRANCES CLARKE SAYERS LECTURE April 1996

Frances Clarke Sayers served as an assistant to Anne Carroll Moore, succeeding her as superintendent of work with children at the New York Public Library. She also served as librarian at the University Elementary School at University of California, Los Angeles, and later taught children's literature in the Department of English there. From 1960 to her retirement in 1965› she was a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Library Science. She was an eloquent and outspoken advocate for excellence in children's literature.

I've been what I consider a serious writer now for nearly thirty-two years. I can date it with confidence because my career as a writer coincides almost exactly with the birth of our son John. I was asked when I was great with child if I would write a book for my denomination's church school curriculum. Three moves and three children later, my book for the church was published, and I made the decision to keep on writing. It was seven years and another child, with all four of them in public school, before my first novel was finally published, but all those years of frustration and repeated rejection were not wasted. I was learning how to write. Thirty years later I'm still learning.

One of the books given to me fairly early on by a writer friend to help me in this never-ending process was Frances Clarke Sayers's classic Summoned by Books. Ms. Sayers was a mythic figure to a writer struggling to write for children. She knew what excellence was. You had only to

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