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The date has been finalized for Tuesday, January 21.  Alison will talk at the Middle School in the morning, and speak at the library at 7:00 that evening.Come to the Northfield Public Library and meet New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer prize nominee , Alison McGhee on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  Alison McGhee is a Minnesota author, and won the Minnesota Book Award for her first novel, Rainlight, in 1999.  Since her very successful beginning, she has written other adult novels:  Shadow Baby and Was it Beautiful and Falling Boy.  After writing several of her adult novels, she began writing picture books, young adult novels, and children’s chapter books.  She has garnered awards in several categories of her writing.  In addition to her first Minnesota Book Award, she won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award for Rainlight.  

She won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award for her book Countdown to Kindergarten.   In 2011, she won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award with co-author Kate DeCamillo for Bink and Gollie.  She is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates the creative writing program.   She will be speaking in Northfield as part of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperation Author Tour, and will speak at the Northfield Middle School in the morning.  McGhee will focus on her adult work at the evening talk.  The event is free and open to the public and is funded with funds from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.