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An Evening with the Authors

It is with great regret that Chelsea District Library (CDL) has canceled this year’s Authors in Chelsea event. CDL is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and continues to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the emergence of COVID-19 in the State of Michigan. Due to the interstate travel required by visiting authors and the State of Michigan’s recommendation to limit public gatherings, cancellation was necessary. We look forward to the return of Authors in Chelsea in 2021.

Meet the 2020 lineup!

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Our goal is to encourage children to explore the art and craft of writing in order to better read and appreciate literature and explore the “power of writing.” Through close personal contact with award-winning authors, students work to improve their creative writing and reading skills and be inspired to excellence.

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Photo of Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Alyssa Capucilli will be visiting North Creek Elementary School to give presentations to all students from Young Fives to second graders. Alyssa is the author of over 100 books for young readers including Biscuit, the popular bestseller used to launch the My First I Can Read series from HarperCollins. Once a professional dancer, Alyssa’s love of dance is embodied in her series, Katy Duck. Alyssa is the recipient of numerous awards including the Washington Irving Award, the Garden State Award, the Bank Street College Best Book Award, the Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award, and the American Library Association Award. Find out more by visiting Alyssa’s website.

Kirby Larson

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Kirby Larson will be visiting South Meadows Elementary School to give presentations to all students in grades 3–5. Kirby focuses on historical fiction and has written more than 25 books for children and teens including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky. South Meadows students will be reading Dash (recipient of the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Prize), Duke, and Liberty from Kirby’s Dogs of WWII series; and Audacity Jones to the Rescue; and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. When she’s not traveling the world in search of a new story to tell, Kirby calls Kenmore, Washington, home. More information about Kirby can be found here.

Susan Vaught

Susan Vaught has been writing and publishing books, essays, and poems for young adult and middle grade readers since 2004. These include the Edgar awarding-winning and Junior Guild Selection Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy, which all sixth grade students at Beach Middle School are reading this year; Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry; Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge; and her newest release, Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse. Working as a psychiatrist specializing in helping people with persistent mental illness, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disability has lent expertise to Susan’s other works for older teens. Visit Susan’s website to learn more about her work.

2020 Events

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Authors in Chelsea – An Evening with the Authors

The whole community is invited to meet our 2020 Authors in Chelsea, hear them speak, and get books signed! Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Serendipity Books.

6:30–8:00pm | All ages | Washington Street Education Center | Board Rm. | 500 Washington Street, Chelsea MI

March 17–18, 2020

Photo of Dori Hillestad Butler at North Creek Elementary

In the Classroom

During the day on March 17–18, Chelsea students in grades K-6 (including Young Fives) will attend presentations and workshops with the authors.

Click on each author’s name to visit their websites for teacher resources and more information.

North Creek ElementaryAlyssa Satin Capucilli
South Meadows ElementaryKirby Larson
Beach Middle School — Susan Vaught

Learn about the History of Authors in Chelsea

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Over the years, a wide variety of writers have been invited to Chelsea, including award-winning authors Jennifer Holm, Kenneth Oppel, Gary Schmidt, Nancy Shaw, and many others! Click here to discover more about past Authors in Chelsea.

Special Thanks to the following organizations for their support of this program.