2019 Naomi C. Chase Lecture in Children's Literature featuring Adam Gidwitz

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Elmer L. Andersen Library

222 21st Avenue South

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Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Join us for Taboos and Children's Literature: The 2019 Naomi C. Chase Lecture in Children's Literature featuring Adam Gidwitz!

Adam Gidwitz believes in confronting and illuminating dark topics in children's literature. He wrote a New York Times Bestselling book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, that begins with the main characters being decapitated and a Newbery Honor book about God and evil, The Inquisitor’s Tale. His latest chapter book for younger middle grade readers, Unicorn Rescue Society: Chupacabras of the Río Grande, features bloodsucking monsters and Trump’s Border Wall. Gidwitz will address why he thinks such topics are appropriate for children, the next frontier of taboos in children’s literature, and how writers and gatekeepers can, and should, discuss the most uncomfortable topics in engaging ways.


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5:00: Reception
5:30: Introductions and Announcements
6:00: Chase Lecture
6:45: Q&A and discussion
7:15: Book signing


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Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for several years before becoming a full-time writer. His first book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, was named an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and one of the best children’s books of the year by School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. In 2016, he published The Inquisitor’s Tale, which received the Newbery Honor and was on multiple best of the year lists.

An animated speaker, Gidwitz fills his lectures and readings with characteristic energy and humor. Whether speaking to children, adults, or both, Gidwitz engages audiences of all ages with his enthusiastic storytelling and dynamic wit.

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