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BYU to host first Midwinter Symposium on Books for Young Readers Jan. 28

Brigham Young University will host the first Midwinter Symposium on Books for Young Readers, featuring Newbery Medal winner Katherine Paterson, Saturday, Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Provo City Library at Academy Square.

The event is open for men and women age 13 and older. For online registration and details, visit or call (801) 422-2568.

Joining Paterson as guest speakers at the symposium will be authors Eric Rohmann, a Caldecott Medal winner, and historical novelist Kimberley Heuston.

A two-time Newbery Medal and National Book Award winner, Paterson has written 14 novels, including “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Jacob Have I Loved,” “The Great Gilly Hopkins” and “The Master Puppeteer.”

Rohmann, a two-time Caldecott Medal winner for “Time Flies” and “My Friend Rabbit,” has also published “The Cinder Eyed Cats,” “Pumpkinhead” and, most recently, “Clara and Asha.” In addition to his own books, he has also illustrated covers for Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, as well as other children’s books.

Heuston teaches English and history at the Waterford School in Sandy, and has authored two award-winning historical novels, “The Shakeress” and “Dante’s Daughter.” She also co-authored the history book “The Ancient South Asian World.”

For more information, contact Chris Crowe at (801) 422-3429 or

Writer: Brian Rust

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