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Bestselling Authors to Present Keynote at Moravian Writers Conference

The presentation is open to the public and free of charge

Writers ConferenceBethlehem, Pa., May 20, 2014—Best-selling authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Ursula Hegi will present the keynote talk, The Writer and History: Personal and Public, Imagined and Real," at the first annual Moravian Writers Conference on Saturday, June 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The keynote presentation is open to the public and admissions is free of charge, though tickets are required. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for her young adult novels Speak, Catalyst, Prom, and many more. She has received numerous awards, including the Margaret Edwards Award and the Barnes & Noble Best Teen Book, and has received national recognition from the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

Ursula Hegi is German-born American writer whose bestselling novel Stones from the River was chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Hegi's many awards include an NEA Fellowship and five PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards.

Moravian College’s Hurd Campus, in historic Bethlehem, Pa, with its rich history dating to the colonial era, is the perfect setting for a celebration of the work of these two authors, many of whose books have been informed by deep historical research. Halse Anderson and Hegi have also drawn avidly on their personal histories as readers and writers.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Joyce Hinnefeld, Conference Director at writersconference@moravian.edu prior to the event.

Tickets may be picked up at the Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pa, or held at the Foy Hall Box Office by sending a request by email to writersconference@moravian.edu or calling 610-861-1392. Please include your name, telephone number, and number of tickets requested. Free parking is available. Additional information on the Moravian Writers Conference can be found at home.moravian.edu/public/writersconference. Follow the conference on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moravianwriters and Twitter at https://twitter.com/moravianwriters.