Award winning author Kirby Larson, winner of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Award, will host a free reading and book signing to promote her new book,
"Hattie Big Sky," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Third Place Books, 17171 N.E. Bothell Way in Lake Forest Park, about 12 miles north of downtown Seattle.
This is Larson's first public appearance since the American Library Association announced that her new book was a Newbery Award winner.
A Kenmore resident, Larson was overwhelmed when she learned of the Newbery Honor Book Award.
"I honestly wasn't prepared for a moment like this, and learned what it feels like to be speechless," Larson said.
In addition to writing, Larson has been doing workshops and presentations for schools for nearly 20 years. Her presentations encourage creative writing and imagination and are appropriate for school age students as well as adults.
The story for "Hattie Big Sky" was inspired by Kirby's great-grandmother and is about 16-year-old Hattie Brooks and her drive to prove up on a claim in eastern Montana in 1918.
In addition to receiving the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Award, "Hattie Big Sky" is a School Library Journal Best Book for 2006, a Book Links Lasting Connections title for 2006, one of five finalists for the Cybil award and a Booklist Editor's Choice for 2006.