Newbery Winner Kelly Barnhill to Present 2018 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture

UCLA IS hosts award-winning youth novelist, who will speak at Korn Auditorium on Feb. 11.

The UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies is proud to present children’s author Kelly Barnhill, who will deliver the 2018 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4-6 p.m. at Korn Auditorium, UCLA Anderson School of Management. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

A former teacher, Kelly Barnhill, received the Newbery Medal in 2017 for her youth novel, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” which also has been recognized as a New York Times Bestseller, the New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2016, and the Chicago Public Library’s Best Book of 2016.

Barnhill has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She is the winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She also was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton Award and the PEN/USA literary prize. She is also the author of the youth novels “The Witch’s Boy,” “Iron Hearted Violet,” and “The Mostly True Story of Jack.” Barnhill has also written adult short stories that have appeared in a variety of venues, as well as essays, poetry, and non-fiction for elementary students. She is a teaching artist with COMPAS, a statewide community arts program in Minnesota.

Organized by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the Department of Information Studies, the annual Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture is a tribute to the former faculty member Dr. Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), who was a noted American children’s librarian, author, and lecturer. She was an outspoken advocate for excellence in children’s literature, making her one of the most influential children’s librarians of her generation.

Admission to this event is free. Complimentary parking is available in Lot 4 on the UCLA campus. To attend, please RSVP at this link.

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