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March 19, 1993

Children's Author Lloyd Alexander To Read with Mona Van Duyn at Library Literary Program April 7

On Wednesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., in a special program for children (postponed from earlier this season), author Lloyd Alexander will read from one of his novels for young people, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Mona Van Duyn will read poems by Shel Silverstein. The program, sponsored by the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, will be in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building. Tickets are not required, and each child is invited to bring one adult. Lloyd Alexander has written novels and nonfiction for adults and young people, and translated works by Jean-Paul Sartre and Paul Eluard. His books have been translated into 15 languages, with several adapted for television, stage, and animated film. His literary awards include the Newbery Medal for The High King (1968); the National Book Award for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian (1970); the American Book Award for Westmark (1981); and the Regina Medal, as well as awards from Sweden, Norway, Austria, and Holland. In 1991, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen was named best children's book of the year by Booklist, School Library Journal, and Parents'Choice. The Fortune-tellers (1992), illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 best picture books of the year. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Alexander served in combat intelligence in France and Germany during World War II, and has worked as a cartoonist, copywriter, and magazine editor. He enjoys playing violin, drawing, and printmaking, and he lives with his Paris-born wife, Janine, in Drexel Hill, Pa., where they tend a household of cats.

Shel Silverstein, author, cartoonist, composer, and folksinger, was born in Chicago. His books include Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back (1963), The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein (1974), The Missing Piece (1976), A Light in the Attic (1981), Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (1983), and Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book: A Primer for Tender Young Minds (1985). Mr. Silverstein prefers not to give public readings, but has graciously agreed to allow Poet Laureate Mona Van Duyn, an admirer of his work, to read his poems in this program.

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PR 93-033
ISSN 0731-3527

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