Avi knows a thing or two about struggling as a writer. As a child, the author was afflicted by dysgraphia, a disability similar to dyslexia, which causes trouble with spelling and writing. Told by teachers that his writing was nonsense, he eventually failed out of public high school, and ended up with a tutor devoted to helping him. He conquered dysgraphia and began writing full-time. Over the past 30 years, he has written dozens of often historical novels for young people. He has won the Newberry Honor in children's literature twice, and in 2003 won the Newberry Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead, the story of a boy on the lam in 14th century England. Avi's latest book focuses directly on the difficulties of being a writer. A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing, a picture book, tells the story of a snail who wants to become a writer, but doesn't know where to start. Avi draws from his experience to offer readers a sensible approach to beginning to write. He also has a new children's novel being released this month. The Seer of Shadows is a ghost story set in 1872. Avi will discuss both of his new works at this reading.
Tue., March 25, 7 p.m., 2008