Countdown author to discuss her latest book on life during the Cuban Missile Crisis
(Knoxville, TN) The University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young  Adult Literature welcomes author Deborah Wiles to the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Wiles will be discussing her newest book, Countdown, the story of twelve-year-old Franny Chapman, who lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The event is free and open to the public.
Wiles is the author of two picture books: One Wide Sky and Freedom Summer and three novels: Love, Ruby Lavender, Each Little Bird That Sings (a National Book Award Finalist), and The Aurora County All-Stars. Next year, she will publish Fallout, book one of "The Sixties Trilogy: Three novels of the 1960s for young readers." She taught "Writing Techniques for Teachers" at Towson University and has taught in the MFA in Writing programs at Lesley University and Vermont College. She has taught personal narrative writing for many years, to children and adults.  
The Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee believes that literature is essential to the literacy, learning, social, emotional and aesthetic development of young people.  
Guided by this belief, it is the mission of the Center to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines. The Center is housed in the School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee.  
For more information about this program, please visit


Joel Southern
Communications Specialist
School of Information Sciences

College of Communication and Information
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1345 Circle Park Drive, Suite 451
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341
(865) 974-6727
jsouthern at utk dot edu


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