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National Book Festival author schedule: Teens & Children

Sunday, September 19, 2010; BW05

10 A.M.

BRAD MELTZER

Brad Meltzer is the author of the thriller "The Book of Fate," as well as "The Tenth Justice," "Dead Even" and "The First Counsel." "Heroes for My Son," his latest book and his first work of nonfiction, is a collection of essays on heroes -- from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks -- on which he has been working since his son was born about eight years ago. Signing 11 a.m.

10:35 A.M.

SUZANNE COLLINS

Suzanne Collins has worked on several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit "Clarissa Explains It All" and "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo." Collins, who was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2010, made her first mark in children's literature with the series "The Underland Chronicles." In "The Hunger Games" trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. The final book in the trilogy, "Mockingjay," was published last month. Signing 11:30 a.m.

11:10 A.M.

PHILLIP M. HOOSE

Phillip M. Hoose and Claudette Colvin will appear together to discuss Hoose's National Book Award-winning book, "Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice." Hoose is also the author of "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird," the National Book Award finalist "We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History" and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism "It's Our World Too!" Signing 1 p.m.

12 P.M.

JANE SMILEY

Please see 4:35 p.m. listing under Poetry & Prose on page 7.

12:35 P.M.

REBECCA STEAD

Although Rebecca Stead has been writing since childhood, she became a lawyer before pursuing a professional writing career. Her first novel was "First Light." Her second novel, "When You Reach Me," received the 2010 Newbery Medal. Signing 11 a.m.

1:10 P.M.

MARGARITA ENGLE

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American author of young adult novels in verse. "The Surrender Tree" received a Newbery Medal, Pura Belpré Medal, Jane Addams Award, Américas Award, Claudia Lewis Award and Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor. Her most recent work is "The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba." Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, this book focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives. Signing 3:30 p.m.

1:45 P.M.

M.T. ANDERSON

M.T. Anderson's satirical book "Feed" was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party" won the 2006 National Book Award for Young People. Volume 2 of this saga received the Michael L. Printz Honor for literary excellence. He is a contributor to the serialized story "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." His newest work is "The Suburb Beyond the Stars." Anderson will also appear at 10 a.m. in the Children's pavilion. Signing 12 p.m.

2:20 P.M.

MICHAEL BUCKLEY

Michael Buckley has developed programming for MTV, MTV Animation, Discovery Networks and Klasky Csupo (producers of Nickelodeon's "Rugrats"), focusing heavily on children's programming. The Sisters Grimm series is Buckley's first venture into the world of children's book writing. He has just published "The Sisters Grimm Book Eight: The Inside Story" and "N.E.R.D.S. Book Two: M Is for Mama's Boy." Buckley will also appear in Teens & Children at 4:40 p.m. Signing 3 p.m.

2:55 P.M.

JEFF SMITH

Jeff Smith is best known as the writer and artist of "BONE," an award-winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries. Besides "BONE" and "RASL," his books include "Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil" and "Little Mouse Gets Ready!" Signing 12:30 p.m.

3:30 P.M.

ANITA SILVEY

The author of "100 Best Books for Children" and "500 Great Books for Teens," Anita Silvey has devoted 35 years to promoting books that will turn young people -- and families -- into readers. As publisher of children's books for Houghton Mifflin from 1995 to 2001, she oversaw all the children's book and young-adult publishing for both the Houghton and Clarion lists. Silvey has also been editor of "The Horn Book," viewed by many as the bible of children's literature. Her new book is "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life." Signing 2 p.m.

4:05 P.M.

KATHERINE PATERSON

Katherine Paterson is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal ("Bridge to Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved") and the National Book Award ("The Great Gilly Hopkins" and "The Master Puppeteer"), she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. Paterson's most recent book is "The Day of the Pelican," the story of a refugee family's flight from war-torn Kosovo to the United States. She is also a contributor to the serialized story "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." Paterson will also appear in the Children's pavilion at 10 a.m. and at 4:40 p.m. in Teens & Children. Signing 12 p.m.

4:40 P.M.

LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing program, sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book and Target. Kids in grades 4-12 are asked to write a letter to an author, past or present, about how a book they have read affected their lives. Awards and prizes are given at the state and national levels. Three local-area winners will read their letters to Katherine Paterson and Michael Buckley.

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