DULUTH, MN - Jane Yolen, an internationally known children's book author, will address children's literature in Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
Her presentation, "Soul Mates: Children's Books and the Spiritual Quest" is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Temple Israel, 1602 East 2nd Street, in Duluth. The event is free of charge.
The College of St. Scholastica's Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum is hosting Yolen's visit. The forum promotes understanding, respect and peace among the diverse faith communities in the Northland through sustained cross-cultural discussion and collaborative projects and events.
Yolen has written more than 300 books, including "Owl Moon," "The Devil's Arithmetic" and "Armageddon Summer." Her works range from rhymed picture books through middle-grade fiction, non-fiction, and up to novels and poetry collections for teenagers and adults.
Her adult poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Yolen's books and stories have won numerous awards including: a Caldecott award, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoetic Awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award and the Jewish Book Award. She is also the winner of the Kerlan Award, the 2012 de Grummond Medal, the World Fantasy Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal.
The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 "America's Best Colleges" survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities. The Washington Post has rated St. Scholastica as one of the nation's 100 "hidden gems" among U.S. colleges and universities.