Award-Winning Children's Author to Speak on March 26
Award-winning children’s author Kathryn Erskine will present the inaugural Alison Yowell Pazmino Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.
Erskine was a lawyer for many years before deciding to pursue her first love, writing.
Her novels include Mockingbird, the 2010 National Book Award winner, Quaking, an American Library Association (ALA) Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and The Absolute Value of Mike, a 2012 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee.
While covering weighty topics, Erskine’s books have warmth and humor, making difficult issues approachable.
Born in the Netherlands, Erskine has lived in Israel, South Africa, Scotland, Canada and the United States. These experiences have helped her to view life from different perspectives.
The Alison Yowell Pazmino Memorial Fund for Student Education series was established in memory of Pazmino, a 1995 Bridgewater College graduate who died in 2005.
Pazmino spent two years in Japan training teachers in English language curriculum development. Returning to the U.S. she earned a master’s degree from George Mason University and became a teacher-consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project. She then spent a year teaching English in Southern California before returning to Virginia, where she joined the staff of the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project.
The memorial fund is used to enrich the educational experience for Bridgewater students by focusing on children and young adult literature and international education and outreach.