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2019 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture - Kate DiCamillo - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2019 - 7:30pm</span>

2019 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

10/17/2019 - 7:30pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Capitol Theater

Established in 1998, the lecture was named to honor Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 65 picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972). Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933-36 where she studied with Professor Helen C. White. The Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, administers the event which each year brings a distinguished children's book author or illustrator to the campus to deliver a free public lecture.


Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly. Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. Now that she’s fourteen, she figures it’s not running away; it’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live. She tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her — and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes. In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.

Kate DiCamillo

About Presenter Kate DiCamillo


The 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture will be delivered by Kate DiCamillo. Kate is a two-time Newbery Medalist and two-time National Book Award finalist. She is the author of numerous books for children, including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux, Flora & Ulysses, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Raymie Nightingale.  She is a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and has almost 30 million books in print worldwide. Born in Philadelphia but raised in the South, Kate DiCamillo now lives in Minneapolis.


Beverly, Right Here

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