Award-Winning Children’s Author to Discuss Book During UT Visit

SteveSheinkinA Newbery Honor–winning author will visit UT on October 6 to discuss his young adult nonfiction book about the development of the atomic bomb.

A reception for Steve Sheinkin, author of BOMB: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library. Sheinkin will speak at 7:00 p.m. and sign books starting at 8:00 p.m. The events are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase on site.

The Newbery Honor is awarded each year by the American Library Association to distinguished American children’s books.

Sheinkin’s book recounts the race among world powers to create the first atomic bomb during World War II in a way that makes history appealing to young readers.

“We strive to bring authors to campus that we hope will inspire teachers,” said Susan Groenke, director of UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL). “With the recent Common Core push toward nonfiction in the classroom, we are excited to host Steve Sheinkin, a former textbook writer who understands the importance of teaching historical nonfiction to young people through engaging and humanizing stories.”

The event is sponsored by the CCYAL, an organization that encourages children to read by making literature accessible, offering lecture series that feature significant authors, and developing outreach opportunities. CCYAL is a partnership among the University Libraries; the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; and the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information.

For more information on CCYAL, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

Susan Groenke (865-974-4242, sgroenke@utk.edu)