Library brings Newbery winner to town

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012, 9:14 am

When Jack Gantos was in sixth grade, he did what a lot of brothers did and probably still do: he read his sister's diary. More than that, he read it and decided that he could write better than she could.

And an author was born.

Jack GantosAfter getting a diary of his own, Gantos said he started collecting anecdotes he overheard at school, mostly from standing outside the teachers' lounge. Years later, he worked his teachers' stories into his own stories.

Those stories have earned much-deserved accolades since Gantos became a published author in 1976. Earlier this year, Dead End in Norvelt was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal. His book, Hole in My Life, was a 2003 Michael L. Printz honor title, and Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key was a National Book Award finalist in 1998.

Gantos will be the next author showcased during Hear & Now, a series co-sponsored by Worthington Libraries and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St.

He'll read at the MAC on Aug. 22 at 7 pm.

Tickets for Gantos' reading can be purchased for $15 (general public) or $20 (general public, plus a meet-the-author reception). Tickets are $10 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries and McConnell Arts Center (author reception included).

Tickets are available now at the McConnell Arts Center; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.

Future Hear & Now events, which are also sponsored by The Ohio State University Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing and Holiday Inn, include Zack Hample on Sept. 5 and Jane Maas on Sept. 27.

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