The Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, the beloved Vermont children's author Katherine Paterson celebrates the launch of her new book, My Brigadista Year, with a reading and signing at Bear Pond Books!
"My Brigadista Year" is an engrossing historical novel that follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.
Free and open to the public. Q&A and refreshments served.
About the Book
When thirteen-year-old Nora tells her parents that she wants to join Premier Castro’s army of young literacy teachers, her mother screeches to high heaven, and her father roars like a lion. Nora has barely been outside of Havana — why would she throw away her life in a remote shack with no electricity, sleeping on a hammock in somebody’s kitchen? But Nora is stubborn: didn’t her parents teach her to share what she has with someone in need? Surprisingly, Nora’s abuela takes her side, even as she makes Nora promise to come home if things get too hard. But how will Nora know for sure when that time has come? Shining light on a little-known moment in history, Katherine Paterson traces a young teen’s coming-of-age journey from a sheltered life to a singular mission: teaching fellow Cubans of all ages to read and write, while helping with the work of their daily lives and sharing the dangers posed by counterrevolutionaries hiding in the hills nearby. Inspired by true accounts, the novel includes an author’s note and a timeline of Cuban history.
About the Author
Katherine Paterson, a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, has written over thirty books and received numerous accolades, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. With her late husband, John Paterson, she co-authored The Flint Heart, a wryly retold fantasy illustrated by John Rocco and published by Candlewick Press. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Paterson is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend. She is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts. Katherine currently resides in Vermont with her faithful dog, Pixie.