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Contact: Susan Salzman Raab
sraab@raabassociates.com

VIRGINIA HAMILTON’S LEGACY LIVES ON WITH NEW BOOK AND AWARD

Breaking new ground came naturally to Virginia Hamilton. In 1967, the publication of her first book, Zeely, launched the modern era of African American children’s fiction. Through her more than forty award-winning books spanning multiple genres, in scores of speeches worldwide, and in essays for prominent magazines and journals, Hamilton helped to bridge cultures and generations. In 2010, eight years after her death, this important legacy continues to grow.

Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays and Conversations, published in February by The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic and co-edited by Arnold Adoff (Hamilton’s husband) and Kacy Cook, gives us Hamilton’s voice throughout her career, from her first nationally published essay in 1971 to her final speech at a children’s book festival in 2001. Through these pieces, Hamilton explored her creative process and shared her views on the role of the writer as well as insights on the central themes of her work.

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