Boston Public Library’s 2014 “Gateway to Reading” Lowell Lecture Series begins February 6 and runs through May. The library welcomes esteemed writers of children’s literature from toddler to teen genres. Bestselling authors and award winners are joined by noted experts and scholars in the field who explore major issues, questions, and scholarship around the creation of books for children and the importance of childhood literacy.
Jack Gantos is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the Rotten Ralph picture books and collections of Jack Henry short stories; upper elementary and middle school Joey Pigza novels; young adult novels Love Curse of the Rumbaughs and Desire Lines; and a memoir, Hole in My Life.
Previously, Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the master’s degree program in Children’s Literature, Writing, and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools, and libraries.
His works received a Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist Honor, and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN Award for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. Dead End in Norvelt received both the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historic Fiction. The companion novel From Norvelt to Nowhere is his most recent release.