Newberry Award-winning author to visit campus for book reading

Cierra Cook
Staff Writer

April 3, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, the award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti will be having a reading and an open discussion of her work.

This reading will be held in the Multi Purpose Room of the PUB at 7 p.m. This is a free event and is open to the public. Bartoletti will host some other special events in addition to the open discussion.

On April 9, Bartoletti will host the Ross Library’s Food for Thought Luncheon. She will do a brief reading at this event also. She will read at Central Mountain Middle School as well as in LHU English, education, and history classrooms.

Bartoletti is the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction. She has many awards including the John Newbery Medal.

“This semester at LHU, several of her books are being taught in literature, writing, history and education classes, as well as at Central Mountain Middle School,” professor Marjorie Maddox Hafer, director of creative writing, said.

Some of Bartoletti’s works include “Growing up in Coal Country,” and “The Boy Who Dared.” These books were discussed in classes on campus. “I expect that the students who have had the pleasure of reading some of her books this semester will find the experience of meeting their author a unique and exciting one,” Dana Washington, professor of the English department, said.

“Time and again students tell me how much meeting and listening to these authors changes their lives,” Maddox Hafer said. “Just recently, I received an email from a student still excited about an author she heard at LHU a decade ago. That’s the kind of impact we want to create and maintain.”

The poster advertising the event was designed by Michelle Albert, a junior, art major. This event is sponsored by the English department, the College of Liberal Arts and Education, and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

For more information contact Marjorie Maddox Hafer at or Dana Washington at


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