Author Jack Gantos Book Signing on Mon., April 24

Children’s author Jack Gantos is the creator of favorite, rambunctious characters including Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza. Now, meet him at the Jesup Memorial Library on Monday, April 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a special book signing.

Gantos, a Newbery Award winner, has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works 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, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a Newbery Honor book. He has also written 19 books in the “Rotten Ralph” series.

Gantos will be meeting with children from the Conners Emerson School in three different age groups during the day for talks about his book and writing. “Having Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos at the Jesup is an exciting opportunity for all of the students who lives will be enriched,” said Mae Corrion, Jesup Memorial Library’s Youth Services Librarian. “We are thankful that this grant from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust has made it possible for us to partner with Conners Emerson to offer this program both for their students and home schoolers. What a great time for all!”

While in college, Gantos and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. They published their first book, “Rotten Ralph,” in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Jack’s career as a professional writer. Jack continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program. He now devotes his time to writing books and to educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.

Books will be on sale at the book signing courtesy of Sherman’s Books. The Saltair Inn is a cosponsor of this event and a grant from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust provided funding for this program and an ongoing writing workshop. For more information contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.