Monday, February 02, 2009

YA author Alan Gratz to speak at Caddo Magnet High in Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series on Thur, Feb 5, 6:30 pm

The 11th Mary Jane Malone Lecturer at Caddo Parish Magnet High school will be writer Alan Gratz, says Kris Clements.

Gratz is the author of one of the American Library Association's 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, Samuari Shortstop, and a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, Something Rotten. A sequel, Something Wicked, was released this past fall. A fourth book, The Brooklyn Nine, will be released in March.

Adds Clements, "An incredibly delightful gentleman, he has taught middle-schoolers (bless his heart!), written over 6000 radio commercials, and written a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential. Though a native of Knoxville, TN, he now lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina."

On Thurs, Feb 5th, at 6:30 in the Performing Arts Center on the Magnet High campus, Mr. Gratz will give a lecture that is free and open to the public.

His books will be available for sale in the foyer both before and after the lecture. Following the evening's lecture, he will hold a book signing until approximately 8:00 PM.

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