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Author Katherine Paterson is coming to Maryville,Tennessee!

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Katherine Paterson is coming to Tennessee! My home town of Maryville to be specific.

Katherine Paterson at the NCM Launch Zone: White House on the Waterfront Event

Why am I so ecstatic?

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book.

I think one of the most wonderful journeys I’ve been on with Katherine is watching how my children have reacted to her books. Katherine captured them and drew them into a world they didn’t know existed. Sometimes that world wasn’t a pretty one, such as death taking a friend too soon. Katherine always finds the silver lining in a dark cloud and her writings actually teach all of us how to handle difficult situations with grace and beauty. To have faith in something greater than oneself and to believe in persevering, survival, and beauty. She also has a keen sense of humor and has had us laughing often inside the pages of her stories.

Katherine has created characters we can relate to and who have become our dearest friends. We need only mention them by name such as Jess and Leslie, Marvin, Jacob, Lillie and many others. Each one ready to take us on an adventure and discover something new about ourselves and others.
Katherine Paterson’s contribution to children’s literature, has been tantamount in raising the current and next generation of compassionate readers who are touched heart, mind, and soul.

As you can imagine, I will be at this event with bells on! If anyone is in the Maryville, TN, please join us!

Saturday, April 22nd – 25th-The Bridge to Katherine Paterson

 View the graphic above for her full schedule or visit Maryville College’s website HERE.

A family-friendly event held outside on the pedestrian bridge at the Blount County Public Library in anticipation of Katherine Paterson’s arrival. Join us for crafts, music, and games on the bridge over the downtown Maryville greenway!

The Maryville College Center for Campus Ministry and Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology (MAST), in conjunction with Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Blount County Public Library, are proud to present this festival celebrating Katherine Paterson’s work and life.

Terabithia and Beyond will serve as the inaugural celebration of our Maryville Adventures in Studying Theology program, as well as this year’s edition of the February Meetings at Maryville College. We are grateful for partners in Knoxville and in Maryville, as well as for the Lilly Endowment, for making this celebration possible.

The Maryville College website also has some wonderful links to Katherine’s podcasts, articles and other items of interest as well. You can view them on their left sidebar HERE.

Hope to see you there!