Edison State College Welcomes Well-Known Author

Oct 25, 2013


Patricia MacLachlan Wrote ‘Sarah, Plain and Tall’ Which Became a Movie Starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken

Media outlets are invited to cover the 5th Annual Lee Bennett Hopkins Writing for Children conference at Edison State College featuring author Patricia MacLachlan.  MacLachlan’s childrens book, Sarah, Plain and Tall received multiple awards and was the basis for the television movie by the same name.  In addition to hearing MacLachlan and other speakers, local children and their teachers prepared for Ms. MacLachlan’s visit to Edison State College by reading and developing projects in response to Sarah, Plain and Tall.  These projects will be featured the day of the conference. 

9am to 12 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fort Myers Campus in Building U, Room 102.

Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase books signed by the author and admission is $10 a person.  Visit http://edison.edu/writersinstitute to register.

Speaker Details:

Patricia MacLachlan, is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her recent, Snowflakes Fall, illustrated by Stephen Kellogg, was written as a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Together, words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so flowers can grow.

Lee Bennett Hopkins, a critically acclaimed poet, author and anthologist is the founder of the prestigious Lee Bennett Hopkins/Penn State University Award for Children’s Poetry as well as the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Reading Association Promising New Poet Award. His numerous honors and awards include the 2009 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) “Excellence in Poetry for Children,” the 1995 Christopher Award, and the 1996 Golden Kite Honor Book Award for his autobiographical poetry collection, Been to Yesterdays. Recent works include Mary’s Song, I Am the Book, and All The World’s A Stage. Hopkins holds a Guinness World Record as the most prolific anthologist of poetry for children.

Stephen Alcorn spent his formative years in Florence, Italy, where he attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte, an experience leaving an indelible impression, infusing his work with a passion for bold technical experimentation in a wide range of media. Alcorn is the illustrator of numerous children’s books including America At War, My America, and Days To Celebrate / An Almanac of People, Events, and Poetry; collections edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  He also illustrated Mary's Song by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 24,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests.Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program.