Minnesota award-winning author Alison McGhee will be in Spring Grove to speak with students at school as well as with the public in the evening. Both the school and public library have many of her books available for people to check out including this Julia Gillian series.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Minnesota award-winning author Alison McGhee will be in Spring Grove to speak with students at school as well as with the public in the evening. Both the school and public library have many of her books available for people to check out including this Julia Gillian series.

Spring Grove Public Library and Spring Grove Public School are excited to be hosting award-winning Minnesota author, Alison McGhee on Thursday, Jan. 23. McGhee has written a wide variety of books including picture books for preschoolers and young children through books for young adults and adults. She has won the Minnesota Book Award four times plus other awards including: GLCA National Fiction Award, Friends of the American Library Award, Gold Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award, ALA Best Books for Children, and Parents' Choice Award, and a City Pages Artist of the Year award. She is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

While in Spring Grove, McGhee will be speaking to different age ranges of students at school tailoring her presentation to each different group. She will be speaking to students in kindergarten through third grade and students in fourth through sixth grade in the morning. Later in the afternoon, she will speak to the high school students at the Spring Grove Cinema.

Titles from some of her children's' books include, "Someday," "Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth," and the "Julia Gillian" series. Titles from her young adult and adult novels include, "Snap," "Shadow Baby", and "Was it Beautiful?" The school library has purchased McGhee's books that are in print so that the students can familiarize themselves with her work.

In the evening of the Jan. 23, McGhee will be presenting at the Spring Grove Cinema to adult and young adult readers. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and is free of charge to the public. The collaborative event of hosting this Minnesota author is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

"We are excited to have an author of this caliber coming to Spring Grove," commented Spring Grove Public Library director, Dawn Johnson. "Not all authors write for such a wide-range of readers; we are lucky to have her here. She is such an experienced presenter and can tailor her remarks to either children, young adults or adults - what a great opportunity! We hope many community members will take advantage of this opportunity and join us at the Cinema."

McGhee lives in Minneapolis and is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program. She has taught at many other colleges and universities and was a founding member of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. To read more about the books she has written, visit her website, www.alisonmcghee.com.