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April 6, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis. -The 2001 Coretta Scott King Award winner for young adult literature, Jacqueline Woodson, will speak at Viterbo University on Friday, April 27.

Woodson won the prestigious award, bestowed on authors and illustrators of African descent whose books promote peace and world brotherhood, for her book Miracle’s Boys.  Set in contemporary Harlem, the book explores the lives of three brothers coping with the death of their parents.

Woodson is also the author of Lena and Last Summer With Maizon. She received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award in 1996 for her novel From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, and in 1995 for her novel I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This. She has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. and has worked as a drama therapist in a New York City residence for runaway and homeless children. She lives in Brooklyn.

Woodson’s talk is the culmination of a free book talk series led by Viterbo University Professors Grant Smith and Phyllis Blackstone. The series allows middle school educators, student teachers, education students, and parents to explore how young adult literature might be used in the classroom to help resolve social problems.

The book talks are funded, in part, by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. For more information, contact Smith at 796-3485 or by email at

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