Award-winning children's author Kate DiCamillo will bring some of her wit and writing expertise to Brainerd when she speaks from noon to 1p.m. Monday at the "Brown Bag" lunch program at the Brainerd Public Library.
This event, part of a summerlong series of programs sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Library, is free and open to the public.
DiCamillo's first children's book, "Because of Winn-Dixie," brought her instant acclaim when it was selected as a Newberry Honor Book by the American Library Association.
"This book is a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship and the South," according to DiCamillo, who writes for children and adults. DiCamillo's second novel, "The Tiger Rising," was released in March by Candlewick Press. The book, about a 12-year-old girl and a tiger, deals with the tough issues of death, grieving and the great accompanying sadness.
Born in Philadelphia, DiCamillo grew up in Florida where she graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She was a recipient of the 1998 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers and currently lives in Minneapolis.
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