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The University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce that Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will visit the University on March 28.
De la Peña, the New York Times bestselling author of six young adult novels and two critically-acclaimed picture books, will be featured in two speaking events on campus. He will discuss the transformative power of literature at the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion, and will also lead a craft talk and Q&A in Farish Hall Kiva Room. Both talks will be followed by a book sale, and are free and open to the public. Students are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP here.
De la Peña is the author of Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted, and the picture book, A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). His 2015 picture book, Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson), the story of a young boy riding the city bus with his grandmother, was awarded the 2016 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Last Stop was also named as a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.
De la Peña received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
The event is sponsored by the UH Office of the Provost, the UH Libraries, the UH College of Education, and the UH Creative Writing Program.
Matt de la Peña Visit to UH
Monday, March 28, 2016
Transformative Power of Literature Presentation
MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Craft Talk and Q&A
Farish Hall Kiva Room
Parking is available in the Welcome Center parking garage (across the street from the UH Hilton Hotel).