University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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A Menagerie of Characters: The Role of Animals in Literature

Authors engage their readers through creating a menagerie of compelling characters, but animals in particular have always played a powerful role in middle-grade novels. Four best-selling authors will talk about the animal characters that populate their books.

Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt has written more than 40 books for children and young adults. She is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary award-winning and best-selling "The Underneath" as well as the National Book Award finalist "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp," "Maybe a Fox" (with Alison McGhee), "Keeper" and many picture books including "Counting Crows....

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Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta grew up hearing stories about brave princesses, bloodthirsty rakkhosh and flying pakkhiraj horses. She is a pediatrician by training but now teaches at Columbia University. She writes the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series....

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James Howe

James Howe is the author of many books for children, including the Bunnicula series and the Misfits series. He is also the author of the Houndsley and Catina books, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, "Otter and Odder," illustrated by Chris Raschka, "Brontorina," illustrated by Randy Cecil, and "Big Bob, Little Bob," illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson....

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Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books for kids and teens including the middle grade dystopian fantasy series: The Unwanteds and The Unwanteds Quests, and the Going Wild Trilogy....

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