Alumnae Authors to Discuss Young Adult Literature and Publishing

Three Meredith College alumnae will discuss their work as authors of young adult literature, one of the publishing world’s most popular genres, during a special campus event.

The Young Adult Literature Authors Panel will be held April 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel Common Room.

Participating authors are Jerrie Preston Bibb Oughton, ’63, author of “Perfect Family,” Jenny Hubbard, ’87, author of “Paper Covers Rock,” and Katie D. Anderson, ’93, author of “Kiss & Make Up.”

The panel discussion will include selections from the authors’ works and an opportunity for them to share insights on young adult literature and the publishing industry.

About the Authors
Jerrie Preston Bibb Oughton, ’63, is the author of nine books. Her published work includes picture books “How The Stars Fell Into the Sky” and “The Magic Weaver of Rugs,” both of which were honored by the National Association of Social Studies Teachers. Oughton’s novels include “Music From a Place Called Half Moon,” a book that won the 1995 Bank Street College Award for realism and excellence in children’s literature, and was also named to the ALA list of best books and nominated for several state awards chosen by students. Her recent novel “Perfect Family” was named to the New York Public Library and ALA lists of best books for the year. Oughton, who lives in Washington, N.C., began school visits with the publishing of her first book and, to date, has visited over five hundred schools and colleges, holding writing workshops and giving keynote speeches, in addition to her ever popular puppet show that demonstrates the basic truth: a story can be told many different ways.

Jenny Hubbard, ’87, is a former high-school English teacher who now writes books, plays and poems in her hometown of Salisbury, N.C. Hubbard’s debut novel, “Paper Covers Rock,” was a finalist for the prestigious William C. Morris YA Debut Award and earned a Gold Medal Award from the National Parenting Publication. It was named by “Booklist,” “Publishers Weekly,” “Horn Book” and “School Library Journal” as a Best of 2011. Her second young-adult novel, “And We Stay,” to be published by Random House in early 2014, takes its inspiration from Emily Dickinson.

Katie D. Anderson, ’93 , is a full-time writer living in Oxford, Miss., and a native of the South. Prior to writing “Kiss & Make Up,” she worked in other genres, including screenplays, graphic novels and picture books. “Kiss & Make Up” is her first novel for teens. Warner Bros. holds the film rights to the book and is producing a webisode series based on the book set debut to this year.

The Colton English Club and the Meredith College Department of English are sponsoring the panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts, at (919) 760-8995.

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