For immediate release | January 25, 2011

Registration open for 2011 Arbuthnot Lecture in St. Louis

CHICAGO - On Friday, April 15, 2011 bestselling children’s author Lois Lowry will give the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in St. Louis. The event begins at 7 P.M. and will take place in the Main Reading Room of the St. Louis County Library (SLCL).

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be obtained by visiting St. Louis County Library’s event registration page,

Lowry, two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, is an internationally acclaimed author whose career spans more than 30 years. Her two Newbery Medals are from 1990 for "Number the Stars," set in Denmark during World War II, and in 1994 for the eerily dystopian "The Giver" (both Houghton). She was also the recipient of the 2007 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an author’s contribution to young adult literature.

The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The lecture title honors May Hill Arbuthnot, distinguished writer, editor, and children’s literature scholar. Each year, an author, artist, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature is chosen to prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s Web site at


Dan Rude