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Award-Winning Teen Fantasy Author, Edith Pattou, to speak at Blount County Public Library

Award-Winning Teen Fantasy Author, Edith Pattou, to speak at Blount County Public Library | Tennessee Libraries | Scoop.it
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Edith Pattou (last name rhymes with tattoo) says that she is thrilled that her teen fantasy book, “East,” is being made into a movie. While she credits her producers for being savvy and brilliant with a “creative vision for the movie that they describe as Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones,” it is her writing that has earned multiple awards for each of the four books she has published since 1991.

             And this award-winning teen fantasy author, Edith Pattou, is coming to Maryville and will speak at the Blount County Public Library twice on Saturday, March 2.

§  At 11 am, she will speak on “Writing Teen Adventure Fantasy.” Authors or people interested in writing, teachers and librarians (Yes, Pattou earned her library science degree and served as a librarian!) will especially enjoy this presentation.

§  At 2 pm, on March 2, teens and pre-teens are invited to meet Ms. Pattou and to the presentation, “Teens! Meet a Top 10 Best Book Author.”  At this session, there will be a drawing for a free, autographed Pattou book.

In addition to “East,” Edith Pattou has written two other books for teens, “Hero’s Song” (first volume of the Songs of Eirren) and “Fire Arrow” (second volume of the Songs of Eirren) as well as a 2007 New York Times Best Seller children’s book, “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden.”  All of her books were published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

“East,” also published in Great Britain as “North Child,” weaves elements of the tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” into a rich fabric of fantasy as a novel. A giant white bear (Pattou now collects white bears) asks Rose to come with him in exchange for health for her family, so she does and then is challenged to solve one mystery after another.

      “East” has garnered more than 21 awards, a few of which include: 2006 International Reading Association Young Readers’ Choice Award; 2005--one of the “100 Best of the Best Young Adult Books for the 21st Century” by Young Adult Library Association; 2004 American Library Association Notable Children’s Book; 2004 Young Adult Library Association Top Ten Books for Young Adults; 2004 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age.

      “Hero’s Song” depicts the dangerous quest upon which young Collum must embark in order to rescue his beloved sister, Nessa. Collum and three other adventurers encounter one evil after another in their quest for the sinister “wurme” whom they must slay in order to save Nessa.

      For “Hero’s Song,” a book that combines Irish myth and fantasy, Pattou earned the 1992 Independent Reader’s Young Adult Choice award.

      “Fire Arrow,” book two in the Songs of Eirren series, is about Breo-Saight, the young archer from “Hero’s Song,” who, just as she gives up the quest for her father’s murderers, is led by them to her birthright, a fire arrow. The magical arrow leads her to a strange new country where she connects with a family she loves, but where there is also sinister evil. In the form of Balor, the evil can destroy all whom Brie has learned to love if not quelled. Therefore, Brie must continue the mission to avenge her father’s death in order to save those dear to her.

      “Fire Arrow” received the 1998 Booklist’s Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year. 

      “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden,” illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is a children’s book about a teacher wise in the ways of gardens and children. Mrs. Spitzer knows and demonstrates that both need nurturing and love in order to thrive.

      For “Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden,” Pattou received numerous awards, including 2007 New York Times Best Seller; 2005 American Horticultural Society/Junior Master Gardener Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award; 2002 ABC Children’s Bookseller’s Choice Award; and 2001 Independent Booksellers Book Sense 76.

            From childhood, Pattou says she has had a special affinity for fantasy tales, counting among her favorites: the Babar books, the Oz books, the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, “Harriet the Spy,” by Louise Fitzhugh, and a series about a happy, crime-solving family, The Happy Hollisters.

            Pattou has lived in multiple cities from Chicago to Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio, as well as Cambridge, England, and Stockholm, Sweden. She says she has worked at a number of jobs including a clothing boutique, medical office, two bookstores, a school library and two public libraries.

            She is married to Charles, a college professor, and has a daughter, Vita, who is in college in Colorado.

            The public is invited to attend either or both of the presentations by Pattou at the library, meet her and become familiar with the books preceding the movie’s release. Her books will be available at both events.

Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

           For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site atwww.blountlibrary.org . To sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email, go to the library’s Home Page, click on the “News and Events” tab, and then “Calendar of Events Signup” and type in your email address. Also check out Facebook at “Blount County Public Library” and Twitter at “Blount_Library”.

 

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"It almost doesn’t seem like summer anymore without that pretty white rocking chair gracing our lobby. While its departure doesn’t signal the end of summer, it does mark the passage of our Rock ‘n’ Read Summer Reading Program for Adults. If you’re missing it, you may rest assured: The white rocker has gone on to a good home. We want to congratulate Wade Whitaker, who won the grand prize drawing. Two runners up won sturdy canvas browsing bags..."

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Librarian Ann Viera Honored by UT Institute of Agriculture

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Librarian Ann Viera Honored by UT Institute of Agriculture

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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has awarded librarian Ann Viera a J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Viera is Veterinary Medicine Librarian at UT's Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library. 

 

The J.E. Moss Achievement Award, established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, recognizes excellent achievement in teaching, research and extension services for the Institute of Agriculture. Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of the chancellor and the four deans of the UTIA. Awards are provided annually for each of the four units of the institute.

 

Viera was honored for her service to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Chuck Denney from UTIA Marketing and Communications remarked on Ann's dedication and breadth of knowledge. "Ann is very helpful to faculty, students, vets, and the public. . . . If you're looking for information from animal behavior and backyard chickens to vaccinations, and every topic in between, Ann can help you," Denny said.

 

Viera was gratified to be in such excellent company at the awards ceremony, noting that Joann Logan of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences was the recipient of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Viera describes Logan as a "super library user and supporter." The other 2015 J.E. Moss awardees were Dr. Justin Rhinehart from UT Extension and Dave Stone from AgResearch.

 

Awards were conferred at the annual UTIA luncheon on August 7, at which Viera was honored to meet Betty and John Eliassen, the daughter and son-in-law of Webster Pendergrass, for whom the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is named. 

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Play Chess @ the Blount County Public Library - Aug 13, 2015 - Blount County Chamber

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