February 1, 2019

Bethlehem Area Public Library to Host Acclaimed Author A.S. King in Partnership With the 2019 Moravian College Writers’ Conference

The Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) is honored to partner with the Moravian College Writers’ Conference 2019 as a community venue, hosting acclaimed young adult author A.S. King for a public reading on the evening of Friday, February 15.

King, called “one of the best YA writers working today” by The New York Times, will be the featured writer at this year’s conference, leading an afternoon writing workshop at Moravian College in addition to the evening’s reading. The conference will also include a panel discussion with King and local and national authors Josh Berk, Justina Ireland, and Saundra Mitchell, and moderated by conference organizer Kate Racculia, on the topic of “What Books Can Do: Writing for Young People in an Age of Chronic War and Extremism.” The conference is being presented in conjunction with Moravian College’s year-long InFocus topic of War, Peacebuilding, and the Just Society.

“As both Executive Director of the library and a writer of young adult and middle grade fiction born and raised in the Lehigh Valley,” says Josh Berk, “it’s my pleasure to facilitate this kind of community partnership and local dialogue. The authors participating in this are truly some of the greats in our field. A.S. King is literally my hero.”

“The theme for this year’s collaboration between the Moravian College Writers’ Conference and the Bethlehem Area Public Library couldn’t be timelier,” says Conference founder and professor of English Joyce Hinnefeld. “Writers like A.S. King and the conference’s accomplished panelists create imaginative worlds that help young people cope with the realities of our increasingly violent world. I’m so grateful to visiting Moravian College faculty member Kate Racculia for organizing this year’s powerful program.”

The reading–which will highlight King’s forthcoming tenth novel, Dig–the workshop and the panel are all free and open to the public.

Event details:

Moravian College Writers’ Conference
moravian.edu/writersconference

A.S. King: Public Reading at BAPL
Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 West Church Street, Bethlehem PA 18018
Friday February 15, 6:30 pm
Free, registration suggested by not required

Panel Discussion: “What Books Can Do: Writing for Young People in an Age of Chronic War & Extremism”
With A.S. King, Josh Berk, Justina Ireland, Saundra Mitchell, and Kate Racculia
Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem PA 18018
Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Room 102
3:30 pm
Free, registration suggested but not required

Writing Workshop with A.S. King
Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem PA 18018
Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Room 233
1:30 pm
Free. Registration required. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

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