Kate DiCamillo “What Stories Have Given Me”
Presented By UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center & Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival

Kate DiCamillo “What Stories Have Given Me”

The 22nd Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Thu, Oct 17

Capitol Theater: Free

Thu 10/17/19 7:30 PM


In Progress



The lecture is aimed at adults but older children and teens are welcome.

Ms. DiCamillo’s lecture will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase on site from A Room of One’s Own.

Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has been a truly remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, when homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of Winn-Dixie — her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. Since then, the bestselling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle and a magician’s theater while continuing to enjoy great success, winning two Newbery Medals – for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses — and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She now has almost 30 million books in print worldwide.

DiCamillo’s most recent trio of interrelated novels (Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home, and Beverly, Right Here) return to the South of her childhood, and are her most autobiographical works to date. Each one features one of three friends facing specific life challenges. Her books’ themes of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances and their messages of shared humanity and connectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world.