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Author Jack Gantos returns to Wyoming in October

From the Teton County Public Library:

Jack Gantos, the author of award-winning books for all ages ranging from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults, will speak at Teton County Library and present in local schools when he visits Jackson Hole this October.

On Friday, October 24  at 7 p.m. in the library’s Ordway Auditorium the author will talk about his life, literature and writing including his experience described in the memoir “Hole in My Life.” In the summer of 1971, the young Gantos, desperate for cash for college and willing to take a risk, ran a boatload of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City. For this job, he was to receive $10,000. In reality, he got a six-year prison sentence.

Gantos went on to attend college and publish his first book “Rotten Ralph” in 1976. The now award-winning writer’s credits include “Hole in My Life,” a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a National Book Award Finalist, “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a Newbery Honor book, and “Dead End in Norvelt,” the 2012 Newberry Award Winner, and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction. His latest Rotten Ralph book was published in 2011; there are now 20 titles in this popular series for young readers.

Julie Danielson from the blog “Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast,” writes, “If you’ve ever heard Jack speak, you know how quick-witted and honest and entertaining he is. To boot, he has a refreshingly irreverent sense of humor, which makes his books and his speaking engagements quite unforgettable.”

Danielson’s blog contains an excellent interview with Gantos at http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=937

The program is free and open to the community with support from donations, large and small, to the Teton County Library Foundation.

You can find Teton County Library online at www.tclib.org, call us at 307.733.2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson WY, 83001.

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