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Tomie dePaola at Concord Public Library

October 17, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture is presented annually by the Concord Festival of Authors. The 2014 lecture will be delivered by children’s author and illustrator Tomie dePaola.

Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.

He’s been published for over 40 years and has written and/or illustrated nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his “singular attainment in children’s literature,” and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.

He was also the United States nominee in 1990 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration. The American Library Association has honored him with a Caldecott Honor Book, a Newbery Honor Book, and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

The University of Connecticut, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire, with his Airedale terrier, Brontë, and works in a renovated 200-year-old barn.

The lecture takes place at the Concord Public Library. Reservations are required, and can be made through the library website after October 1. This program is planned for adults and children age 7 years and above.



October 17, 2014
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Concord Free Public Library
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Concord, MA 01742 United States
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