Press Release: April 28, 2015 Letters About Literature


CONTACT:  Ellen Flanagan Kenny, Communications Associate, Massachusetts Center for the Book 617-872-3718 ;

Mass Center for the Book Announces 2015 Letters About Literature Awards

Award-winning children’s author Jane Yolen will address and congratulate forty-five student authors from across the Commonwealth in the Great Hall of the State House on May 18th as they receive awards for their 2015 Letters About Literature.  Legislators, dignitaries, educators and librarians will also be on hand for this celebratory event, which is open to the public and commences at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, this program allows students to explore memorable reading experiences by writing a letter to an author whose work has personally touched them.  More than 3,000 Massachusetts students participated in the 2015 Letters About Literature Program, maintaining the state’s consistent annual rate of participation in the top three nationwide.  Massachusetts has produced three national award winners, four national honors awards, and two invitations for students to read their letters at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Students to be honored hail from the following cities and towns: Arlington, Ayer, Beverly, Boston, Byfield, Cambridge, Concord, Danvers, Hampden, Harvard, Harwich, Lakeville, Manchester, Mansfield, Marblehead, Methuen, N. Easton, Needham, Newton, Northampton, Northborough, Oxford, Revere, Spencer, Tyngsborough, Wellesley, Whitinsville, and Worcester.

This year’s panel of judges included Michael Ansara, Co-Founder of Mass Poetry; Eve Bridburg, Executive Director of GrubStreet creative writing center; and Jane Wald, Executive Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book is a public-private partnership, chartered as the Commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the General Court, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and by organizational and in-kind support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

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