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Speaker: Katherine Paterson
Event Date: Oct. 9, 2004
Running Time: 00:47

Katherine Paterson, the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appeared at the National Book Festival in 2004.

“As long as people are reading books, despots can't get away with lies.”

Speaker Biography:
Katherine Paterson has won many prestigious awards for her books for young people including the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the Children's Book Council Children's Choice Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award, which is given every two years in recognition of an author's lifetime contributions to children's literature. Her prestigious body of work includes “The Bridge to Terabithia,” “Jacob Have I Loved,” “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” “The Master Puppeteer” and “The Day of the Pelican.” Paterson was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and named as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Paterson will serve in that position during 2010 and 2011.