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Friends of Reeves Library to Host Panel Discussion Featuring Authors of Young Adult Fiction

Paul Acampora, Laurie Halse Anderson, and David Lubar will discuss the writing process

Bethlehem, Pa., April 7, 2006—“Friends of Reeves Library” at Moravian College’s will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 18, to be conducted by three authors of young adult fiction. Panelists Paul Acampora, Laurie Halse Anderson, and David Lubar will share their writing experiences and details of the writing process at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. A reception and book signing with the authors will follow the discussion. Admission is free and open to the public.

Friends of Reeves Library, is an association dedicated to benefit the library and to enhance the collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, archival materials, electronic services, and other important scholarly resources for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Acampora grew up in Bristol, Ct., where he encountered many colorful characters to store in memory. He attended the University of Notre Dame and earned a degree in American studies. After graduation, he traveled around the country in a 1973 Buick Electra, and eventually settled in California where he taught kindergarten, married, and remained for ten years, before moving to Pennsylvania. He joined Moravian College and served as director of annual giving for six years, but resigned in 2005 to pursue his writing career.

Acampora's first novel, Defining Dulcie, is scheduled to be released in April, 2006. The book tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Connecticut girl, who is uprooted to California by her mother after her father’s accidental death. When her mother announces that she intends to sell her father’s 1968 Chevy pick-up truck, Dulcie decides to steal it and drive home to Connecticut. She then takes up residence with her grandfather, going back to her part-time job as a janitorial assistant. Dulcie makes friends with Roxanne, a student co-worker with a dark secret. Dulcie has repeated flashbacks to her road trip, using the lessons she learned along the way to come to grips with her new life. Prior to Defining Dulcie, Acampora’s short story “No More Birds Will Die Today” was published in the anthology Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories about Being a Guy.

Coming from a small New York town just south of the Canadian border, Anderson had a lifelong fascination with foreign languages and cultures. She earned a degree in literature and linguistics from Georgetown University, but had trouble finding a job. Eventually, she began writing- working as a freelance reporter until one of her book manuscripts finally found a publisher. Since that time, she has written several picture books and novels as well as collaborated on a few non-fiction projects.

Anderson’s picture books include Ndito Runs, Turkey Pox, No Time for Mother’s Day, The Big Cheese on Third Street, and Thank You, Sarah! Her first novel, Speak, gained national acclaim. It tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman living in near silence after being raped by a popular upperclassman. While dealing with that pain and the rigors of high school life as an outcast, she encounters the best and worst of what high school teachers have to offer. Finding her way through her art teacher, Melinda finally gains the strength she needs to pull herself back together. The novel was made into a film in 2004, which will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium on the day of the panel. Anderson is also known for her other novels - Fever 1793, Catalyst, and Prom.

Lubar, originally of Morristown, NJ, was raised in a small family. His father was in the Navy, and his mother was a school librarian. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in philosophy and tried his hand at writing. Making meager profits, he took a job designing and programming video games. In that capacity, he worked on a number of games, including Home Alone for GameBoy and Fantastic Voyage and River Raid II for Atari 2600. In 1994, he decided to go back to writing. Lubar has split time as a writer and video game programmer ever since.

In addition to being published in anthologies, he has written 10 books. They are Monster Road, Dog Days, Wizards of the Game, Dunk, In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Misadventures, Flip, Hidden Talents, Invasion of the Road Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales, Punished!, and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. One of Lubar’s most recent works, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is narrated by high school freshman Scott Hudson. As Scott tries to adjust to high school, he learns that his mother is pregnant. Throughout the story, he learns to establish himself in his new circumstances while writing letters of advice to his coming sibling.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building, Locust and Monocacy Streets, Bethlehem. The panel discussion and other activities are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase following the panel. For information please call, 610-861-1534.