Chapter One Stage
Travis Jonker of the popular podcast The Yarn will be interviewing Katherine Paterson on stage about her new book coming out this fall, My Brigadista Year. It is an engrossing historical (but also timely) novel inspired by true accounts of 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. Katherine first learned about the Cuban literacy campaign when planning her second trip to Cuba. Her friend, Mary Leahy (sister of Senator Patrick Leahy), director of Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, shared that in one year the campaign turned Cuba into an illiteracy-free country. This is truly a tale of “transformation” as a whole in that it is inspired by a true event that completely changed the state of literacy of an entire country.
Cost: Included with full conference and exhibits only registration.