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The Best Man: Richard Peck's 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I waited eighty years to write The Best Man and began it on that June day in 2014 when same-sex marriage legislation was implemented in my home state of Illinois. But have the youngest readers heard? There will be no word of it on the standardized test or in the...

Books to Unite the Digitally Divided Family

This article is adapted from the keynote speech author Richard Peck delivered at the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Engaging Worlds, Real and Imagined,” on October 1, 2011.Ladies and gentlemen, winners of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, people of the book…We gather to ask our annual question: “Can there still...

And Still the Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

The day approaches when the speaker who has the honor of this podium will not remember Zena Sutherland personally, but the writers of my generation knew her, and like every writer since, I have a career that owes her a debt. For all of us who write for the young...

In the Beginning: What Makes a Good Beginning?

Before the War . . .... the evenings lingered longer, and it was always summer when it wasn’t Halloween, or Christmas.Long, lazy light reached between the houses, and the whole street played hide-and-seek, called only by olly-olly-oxen-in-free and supper time.Before I could keep up, I rode my brother’s shoulders, hung...

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