TITLE: Cynthia Leitich Smith: Book Fest 07
SPEAKER: Cynthia Leitich Smith
EVENT DATE: 09/29/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes
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Cynthia Leitich Smith in a presentation at the 2007 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of several acclaimed books for young readers, developed an interest in writing children's literature at a young age. She was "Dear Gabby" for her sixth grade newspaper, and she edited her junior high and high school newspapers. Following graduation from journalism school at the University of Kansas and from Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, she began writing fiction. She is recipient of the 2001 Wordcraft Circle Award for children's literary prose. Her latest novel, "Tantalize" (Candlewick, 2007), marks her debut as an author of dark fantasy for young adults. She is a tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.
SERIES: National Book Festival 2007