Book Week

Since the 1940s Book Week has celebrated the best of children’s literature with teachers, librarians, and others who devote themselves to literacy for young readers. Over the past 70 years Book Week has hosted some of the most notable writers of books for young readers, including Marguerite Henry, Madeleine L’Engle, and Beverly Cleary. Each year, faculty and graduate students from the children’s literature program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction review the best in books for young readers. The author's books are also made available for sale and autographing.

How is biotechnology going to change humanity? Are there ethical limits to bioengineering animals and the natural environment? Should parents be allowed to commission cloning their children for spare parts? In short, will technology help us or doom us? Join us to explore these and other questions with Nancy Farmer, the author of some of the most thought-provoking young adult novels of the past two decades.

2014 Book Week Features Nancy Farmer

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Best known for her National Book Award winner The House of the Scorpion (2002), Nancy Farmer is the author of several other works, among them Newbery Honor Books The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (1994), A Girl Named Disaster (1996), and a widely popular fantasy series The Saxon Saga (2004-2007). A lab researcher with clinical experience in Africa and of social work in India, Nancy brings her expertise as a scientist and a global citizen to bear on her fiction. Whether set in the past or the future, her novels are informed by a nuanced understanding of cultural difference, love of the natural world, and interest in advanced technologies. Nancy’s most recent book, Lord of Opium (2013), is a long-awaited sequel to The House of the Scorpion.

Join us on Monday, October 6 at the McNamara Alumni Center, to hear a celebrated author notorious for raising difficult questions about the present and future of our rapidly changing world. If you have ever wondered about the possible impact of cloning on future humanity or about seeking the best ground for multicultural cooperation, this is the event for you. Learn about the year’s best books for children and young adults, hear Nancy’s reflections about her work, and engage with her and the audience in a lively Q&A session that will follow.

Book Week Highlights


Book Week is sponsored by the Ruth Mitchell endowment, the Children's Literature Area of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD, the Red Balloon Bookshop, and the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries.


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