9/27, 7:00 pm
116 W Main Ave.
Puyallup, WA 98371
Join us at the Liberty Theater for the first annual Jim Taylor Memorial Lecture, featuring Susan Cooper. This ticketed event will include:
A tribute to Jim Taylor, a friend of the library and beloved English instructor in the Puyallup School District
A performance by the Puget Sound Revels
The first annual Jim Taylor Memorial lecture delivered by Susan Cooper
Reception after the lecture, including a book signing
The Library is honored to host author Susan Cooper, who will deliver the first annual Jim Taylor Memorial Lecture on Friday, September 27th, at 7:00 pm. This lecture is the kickoff to the first annual Puyallup Festival of Books, the Puyallup Public Library's new signature cultural event. Susan Cooper will be promoting her new novel, Ghost Hawk, a deeply moving historical fantasy that relates the intertwining stories of a young Native American boy, Little Hawk, and John Wakely, son of colonial New England settlers. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing. Attendees must purchase a copy of Ghost Hawk to be able to have other titles by Susan Cooper signed.
The new lecture series is named in honor of Jim Taylor, a beloved English teacher at Rogers High School in Puyallup, who inspired generations of students with a love of literature and poetry. With this lecture we honor teachers and librarians like Jim Taylor, who gave kids the right book at the right time, forever changing their lives. Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" sequence inspired a generation of readers with its palpable sense of both awe and wonder as well fear and menace, as her protagonist, Will Stanton, learns that he is one of the Old Ones, a group of people especially set apart to battle the forces of the Dark. Her books taught young people how powerfully literature can make you feel.
This program is offered as part of the Puyallup Festival of Books, sponsored by the Puyallup Public Library. Visit www.puyallupfestivalofbooks.com for more information about other events and programs, including a mini-comic convention, music, storytelling, and authors Susan Cooper and Ursula K. LeGuin.