Young Readers Conference at FHSU to feature nationally recognized authors

HAYS, KS -- Six nationally known authors and illustrators will be featured at the 2000 Young Readers Conference to take place Oct. 20-21 at Fort Hays State University.

Authors and illustrators attending the conference will be Brad Sneed, author/illustrator of "Smoky Mountain Rose" and "The Pumpkin Runner"; Laurie Lawlor, author/illustrator of "Addie Across the Prairie" and "How to Survive Third Grade"; Andrew Glass, author/illustrator of "Folks Call Me Appleseed John"; Eric Kimmel, author/illustrator of "Easy Work!"; Tom Birdseye, author/illustrator of "If That Breathes Fire, We're Toast!"; Nolan Carlson, author/illustrator of "The Lopsided Angel, Summer & Shriner Series"; and Karen Beil, author/illustrator of "A Recipe for Fun; Says Who?" and "Words With Muscle."

More than 600 third through sixth-grade students are expected to visit with the authors during the two-day conference.

Additionally, sixth through eighth-grade students will attend young writers' sessions. Lois Ruby, author of "Steal Away Home" and "Skin Deep," will lead a session concerning the requirements of being a published author.

Students will also have a chance to write stories to be reviewed by Ruby and their peers.

Sponsors of the Young Readers Conference include FHSU, the Kansas Center for the Book, High Plains Reading Association, McHays Inc., and Friends of Kansas Libraries.

For more information on the conference, contact Dr. Germaine L. Taggart, assistant professor of teacher education, at (785) 625-5707 or e-mail at

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