North Central Regional Library is bringing bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick to North Central Washington in November.
McCormick is a journalist and writer of realistic fiction for young adults, and will be speaking about her book Sold, a moving account of sex trafficking in India.
During her four-day visit, McCormick will speak to hundreds of students at eight high schools and two juvenile detention facilities. She will also headline a community event in Wenatchee on Nov. 13, 2017.
“She does excellent research to share stories and voices from around the world on some very important topics,” said Luke Ellington, NCRL’s teen services manager. “She’s bringing teen readers into worlds they might otherwise never be aware of.”
To prepare for her visit, NCRL provided 1,300 copies of McCormick’s book Sold to schools in Quincy, Ephrata, Chelan, Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket, Republic, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee. The book tells the story of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl whose stepfather sells her into prostitution.
McCormick will visit those schools while she is here the week of Nov. 12. Neighboring schools and school districts have also been invited to attend those events, and several will be transporting students to see her. McCormick asked to speak with students in juvenile detention and will do that at the Okanogan County and Chelan County detention centers.
On Nov. 13, the public is invited to hear McCormick talk about Sold at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium, 1101 Millerdale Ave. The event is FREE and no tickets are required. At 5 p.m., a movie based on the book will be shown. McCormick will then speak from 6 to 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Wenatchee High School Auditorium
5 p.m. – Movie
6 – 7 p.m. – Patricia McCormick Presentation
Event is FREE, no tickets required
People may attend either or both the movie and talk. A Book For All Seasons of Leavenworth will be selling copies of her books.
In addition to Sold, McCormick has written four other novels:
- Never Fall Down, based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music
- Purple Heart, a psychological novel that explores the killing of a 10-year-old boy in Iraq
- My Brother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teen substance abuse
- Cut, a portrait of one girl’s struggle with self-injury
She also worked with Malala Yousafzai on the young readers’ edition of her book, “I Am Malala”, the story of a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for her right to an education.
McCormick has won numerous awards and honors for her books, including being a finalist for the National Book Award for Sold and Never Fall Down, as well as NPR Best Books of the Year, American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults, Publishers Weekly Best 25 Books of the Year, and New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teenagers.
North Central Regional Library hosts two large author events each year — the Columbia River Reads program in the spring and the teen program in the fall. Last spring, author Cheryl Strayed came to talk about her popular book, Wild. Last fall, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang was here.
(By Michelle McNiel, North Central Regional Library)