Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry will speak March 11

Multnomah County Library's annual lecture lets kids and others hear first-hand from noted writers

PORTLAND, OR – Though her writing has encompassed topics as diverse as the Holocaust and the Triangle Fire, dystopian societies, Maine in the 1970s and second grade classrooms, author Lois Lowry's books have consistently dealt with a central theme: the importance of human connections.

The community will have an opportunity to hear from the Newbery Award-winning author when she presents Multnomah County Library's 2008 Children's Author Lecture on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. in Portland. A book sale and author signing will follow the talk. This is the eleventh year of the Children's Author Lecture and Lowry was the inaugural speaker in 1998.

Lowry is the author of Number the Stars (winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal), The Giver   (winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal) and its two companion books, Gathering Blue and Messenger. Lowry's latest work, The Willoughbys, coming in spring 2008, should demonstrate Lowry's talent to skillfully mix the comic and the tragic in a way that makes them enticing to readers both young and old. Her book Gossamer,  has been adapted for the stage and Oregon Children's Theatre will premier it in Portland in October 2008.

Tickets for the lecture are $5 for students (K–12) and $10 for adults. Tickets are on sale now at:

  • Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland
  • Library Administration, 205 N.E. Russell St., Portland
  • Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave., Gresham
  • Hillsdale Library, 1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Portland
  • Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St., Portland
  • Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland
  • Sellwood-Moreland Library, 7860 S.E. 13th Ave., Portland
  • St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Portland

Tickets are also available at:

Ticket sales support the library's outreach to local schools, providing books, transportation, lecture tickets and a chance to meet the author to hundreds of students from schools that normally could not afford an author visit, says Katie O'Dell, the library's reading promotions coordinator. This year's beneficiaries are students at Powell Valley Elementary and Mt. Scott Learning Center.

The Children's Author Lecture is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with support from McCormick and Schmick's and Riverdale School District.