Thursday 9th May, 2013
12:00pm to 1:45pm
Karen Hesse has won the hearts and minds of our reviewers; we are proud to add the Maryland Author Award to her list of accomplishments. Hesse’s style is both engaging and timeless; her historical notes provide young readers with a broader context for the characters and events in her stories. Diversity and inclusion are tenets of her narratives; her characters often face adversity with strength and dignity. Her message is subtle and welcoming: we are all part of the multifaceted spectrum of the human race, so we must find a way to share our individual gifts with others in spite of adversity and opposition. Hesse was born, raised and educated in Maryland and now lives in Vermont. Her story “Waiting for Midnight” describes her childhood in Baltimore. According to Something About the Author, Hess attended both Towson State University and the University of Maryland, where she earned her BA in English, psychology, and anthropology in 1975. She worked as a “writer,…teacher, librarian, advertising secretary, typesetter and proofreader” before becoming a school board chair and library board member. Hesse’s books will be a welcome addition to school, public, and academic libraries wishing to showcase Maryland authors while providing historic narratives for their patrons.
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