Events in the next month

Title:Engaging Young People with History: An Evening with YA and Middle Grade Novelists
Date:Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter:Naila Moreira
Location:Coolidge Museum
Categories:Author Event, Local History/Local Novelists Reading and Lecture Series, One-Time Events, Young Adult


First Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise stated

From the early America of Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson, to the Cold War and medical mistakes of the 1960's -- four local authors for middle grade and young adult readers will read from their work set in America's past. Jeannine Atkins, Burleigh Muten, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jane Yolen harness the stories of history to carry any young person who loves fiction to a love of historical place and setting.  This evening in the Local History/Local Novelists series will be appropriate for people ranging from young teen to adult, and will feature a question-and-answer panel with the authors.

Jeannine Atkins writes books about history for children and teens, including Becoming Little Women and Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters. Her most recent book is Views from a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life. Her first novel for adults, Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott, will be published in fall of 2015. She teaches Children’s Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a graduate course in writing for children at Simmons College. You can learn more on her website at

Burleigh Mutén is the author of MISS EMILY, a historical verse novel for young readers about Emily Dickinson and the children she loved. Based on fact and embellished with a fictional adventure, Emily Dickinson is portrayed as a playful, mischievous and loyal friend to her young companions. Mutén is the author of four other children’s books. She leads writing workshops for young authors throughout New England.

Ellen Wittlinger has published 14 YA and middle-grade novels which have been translated into a dozen languages. Her novel, Hard Love, won both a Michael L. Printz Honor and a Lambda Literary Award. She is currently at work on a middle-grade novel, and a screenplay of hers is being developed for a feature film.

Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America"(Newsweek)  is the author of well over 360 books, including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. Her work ranges from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults. She has also written lyrics for folk rock singers and groups, several animated shorts, and done voice over work and talk radio. She won last years's New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities award, the first Valley author to do so. Also worthy of note, she lost her fencing foil in Grand Central Station, fell overboard while whiteriver rafting in Colorado, has gone dog-sledding in Alaska, and her Skylark Award-given by the New England Science Fiction Association--set her good coat on fire.

This event is curated by Naila Moreira