Author To Visit Lancaster Library

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Donna Jo Napoli

Award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli will appear in February at the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster.

As part of the "Pennsylvania Authors in the Public Library" series, Napoli will visit the library on Friday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, with books available for purchase and autographing. She will hold a question-and-answer session on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Both programs are free and open to the public. Seating is limited for the Saturday morning program; readers are encouraged to register at

Napoli will also hold a "How to Get Your Reader on the Scene" program on Feb. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. She will talk about the factors that invite a reader into a character's body and how to use them to strengthen the story. This program is for fourth-graders through adults. Registration is required at There is a cost, with a discount for current Lancaster Literary Guild and Friends of the Library members and for students in kindergarten through college. More information and registration details can be found at

Napoli teaches linguistics at Swarthmore College and is the author of about 70 books for young readers, from historical and fantasy to gothic horror and contemporary humor. Her books have won national awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the Parents' Choice Gold Award (and two Silver awards), the Golden Kite Award (and an honor book), the Anne Izard's Storytellers' Choice Award, the Frances and Wesley Bock Book Award and the Sons of Italy National Book Club selection as well as numerous American Library Association best book awards. Her books have won state awards, including New Jersey's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Nevada Young Readers' Award, California's Eureka! Silver honor and Pennsylvania's Carolyn W. Field honor award many times. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Her novel “Beast” was translated into Persian, and she was a guest of the Iranian government for a 10-day trip to several cities in Iran in 2005. At that time, she visited Bam, where an earthquake had struck, and then wrote the picture book “The Earth Shook” (the proceedings of which go to a day care center in Bam). The research for both books involved reading Persian literature, which led to her finding the classical poem that spawned “A Single Pearl,” a picture book coming out in 2013.

She is working on “A Treasury of Egyptian Mythology,” to appear in 2013, and a contemporary young adult novel with the working title “Skin.” She also has begun research on a sequel to her novel “Hush: An Irish Princess Tale.”

The remaining series workshops with First Friday and Saturday events will feature Lee Harper (“Woolbur”) on March 1 and 2; Sandy Asher (“Too Many Frogs!”) on April 5 and 6; Jordan Sonnenblick (“Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie”) on Sept. 6 and 7; and Linda Oatman High (“Tenth Avenue Cowboy”) on Oct. 4 and 5.

Rounding out the year's programs with Friday evening and Saturday morning sessions only will be Kay Winters (“This School Year Will Be the Best”) on May 3 and 4; Judy Schachner (“Skippyjon Jones”) on June 7 and 8; Debbie Dadey (“Zombies Don't Coach Soccer”) on Aug. 2 and 3; Matt Novak (“Mouse TV”) on Nov. 1 and 2; and Barbara Robinson (“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”) on Dec. 6 and 7.

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