2012 Community Read

As a part of the 2012 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, CALS/CCR hosted a number of events, including a writing contest and a panel discussion on young adult literature.

"Grim Reaper" Writing Contest

We were excited to receive a great number of entries to the CALS/CCR "Grim Reaper" Writing Contest. The judges appreciate the entrants' enthusiasm for the contest and the opportunity to read their work. Final decisions were difficult to arrive at, a testament to the overall quality of the entries.

The winners are:

Grand Prize Winner: Kathleen Miller, "Forgetting" (short fiction)
Best Short Fiction: L. E. Archer, "MADA the REAPER"
Best Poem: Randi Anderson, "Santa Muerte"
Best Parody: Andrew Marks, "D.O.D."
Best Under-18 Entry: Alicia Lai, "Natural Disaster" (a poem)

The winning entries may be accessed by clicking on the links to each above. They were also placed on display at the Schlow Centre Region Library downtown.

Many thanks to all who sent in their work for the judges' consideration, and congratulations to all the winners!


"Young Adult" Literature? Panel Discussion

For a recap of the panel discussion on the state of young adult literature, featuring Erin Clarke (editor of The Book Thief) and Penn State professors Benjamin Schreier and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh.