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Words Hard Won: Children's Author Carmen Agra Deedy

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Tyler Haynes Commons, Alice Haynes Room
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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Seldom is there one limiting element or one path to achieving literacy. Join award-winning children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy as she carries attendees on the precipitous path of a young child struggling to acquire language, an elementary student’s life changing encounter with a literary masterpiece, the rendezvous that would dispel a phobia of words, and the educators encountered along the way, who facilitated and motivated her toward an acquired love of words.

Following her talk, join Deedy for a book signing and reception.

Deedy readingCarmen Agra Deedy is the author of eleven books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times Best-seller. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered; funny, insightful, and frequently irreverent, Deedy’s narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in the all-but-sleepy Southern town of Decatur, Georgia. She is also host of the four time Emmy-winning children’s program, Love That Book!

An award-winning author and storyteller, Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. In the fall of 2016, she opened the Art of the Book Lecture Series for the Smithsonian Libraries, and was a keynote speaker at the Association of International Baccalaureate Schools of Costa Rica Conference.

A new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! (Scholastic Press) was released earlier this year and Carmen is working on a trio of new books to be published in 2018 and 2019.

This book talk is co-sponsored by Boatwright Library, the Office of International Education, the School of Arts & Science, and the SPCS Graduate Education program as part of the Graduate Education Speaker Series.

The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.

Contact: Angela Leeper, Director, Curriculum Materials Center, (804) 289-8433