Jolita Benson Education Lecture

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My Journey From Reluctant Reader to Author

7-8 p.m. | April 22, 2019 | Chris Knutsen Hall, Anderson Univesity Center

Matt de la Peña’s presentation centers around his journey from reluctant reader to author. He will talk about his novels a little, but the focus of this presentation is the transformative nature of literature and the power of education. “I didn’t fall for books until I was in college — I got there on a basketball scholarship — but once I did, it changed my life,” says de la Peña.

About the speaker

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Matt de la Peña
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Free and open to the public

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