Best-selling young adult author to speak at Lane Library in Oxford

Bestselling young adult author Gordon Korman will speak at the Oxford Lane Library on Monday night.

Korman will be the library’s guest for the 13th annual Sandy Hormel Book Celebration. The celebration bring successful young adult authors into town, hoping that their book series will pique the interest of children in their wider work. The celebration is named in honor of a Talawanda Middle School teacher who died.

“She was really well known for her ability to instill the love of reading into young people,” said Rebecca Smith, the branch manager at the Oxford Lane Library and one of the event’s organizers.

Korman had previously been a guest for the Sandy Hormel Book Celebration. Smith said he was brought back to discuss his new book, “Restart,” which has anti-bullying themes that resonated with a similar push happening at Talawanda Schools.

In addition to speaking on Monday night, Korman will visit Talawanda Middle School on Tuesday for an assembly and a writing workshop for interested students.

Smith said the middle schoolers and other students in the district are required to read the visiting author’s book before the event.

“They tend to be more interested in the author when they’ve read the book,” Smith said.

Gordon Korman is a Canadian-American writer known for writing dozens of standalone books and book series over 40 years. Some of his major series include “Macdonald Hall,” “Everest,” “The 39 Clues,” and “Monday Night Football.”

The Lane Library is one of the main sponsors of the event, along with the Oxford Rotary and several other groups in town.

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