November 14, 2012 12:00AM
Carmen Agra Deedy, an internationally known storyteller, will share some of her favorite tales when she appears on the Pittsburg State University campus on Saturday, Nov. 17. Deedy’s presentation, at 7:30 p.m. in McCray Hall, is part of PSU’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
Deedy has been writing for children for more than two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Ga., where she lives today.
Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller. Her National Public Radio (NPR) commentaries on “All Things Considered” were collected and released under the title, “Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia.” The pithy collection of 12 stories soon garnered awards, among them a 1995 Publishers Weekly Best Audio (Adult Storytelling) and a 1996 Parents’ Choice Gold Award.
Deedy has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center.
An ardent supporter of libraries, she was the 2008 National Spokesperson for School Library Media Month (AASL). She has spoken before Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, CEOs of major corporations, and heads of state. Over a span of 20 years, Deedy has told stories to hundreds of thousands of school children and she says they remain her favorite audiences.
Tickets are available through the Pittsburg State University Ticket Office, 620-235-4796, or www.pittstate.edu/tickets.