Jack Gantos, children’s author. Gantos will sign copies of his books at the Jesup Memorial Library on April 24. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK GANTOS

Gantos to visit Jesup



BAR HARBOR — Children’s author Jack Gantos, creator of favorite, rambunctious characters, including Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza, will be at the Jesup Memorial Library for a book signing on Monday, April 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Gantos, a Newbery Award winner, has written books for people of all ages, from picture books and middle-grade fiction to novels for young adults and adults. His works include “Hole in My Life,” a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert Honors, “Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key,” a National Book Award Finalist, and “Joey Pigza Loses Control,” a Newbery Honor book. He also has written 19 books in the “Rotten Ralph” series.

Gantos will meet with children from the Conners Emerson School in three different age groups during the day for talks about his book and writing.

“Having Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos at the Jesup is an exciting opportunity for all of the students, whose lives will be enriched,” said Mae Corrion, Jesup Memorial Library’s youth services librarian.

While in college, Gantos and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books. They published their first book, “Rotten Ralph,” in 1976. It was a success and the beginning of Gantos’ career as a professional writer. Gantos continued to write children’s books and began to teach courses in children’s book writing and children’s literature. He developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College MFA program. He now devotes his time to writing books and to educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston.

Books will be on sale at the book signing courtesy of Sherman’s Books. The Saltair Inn is a cosponsor of this event, and a grant from the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust provided funding for this program and an ongoing writing workshop.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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