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An Evening with the Authors

Author Talks!  Kids Q&A!  Book Signing!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 6:30-8pm
Washington Street Education Center Board Rm.
500 Washington St., Chelsea, MI 48118

Get a Free Book! The first 20 families to arrive will receive a coupon for a FREE book from Just Imagine’s table in the lobby. Books will also be available to purchase.

Meet the 2019 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.

Dori Hillestad Butler

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Dori Hillestad Butler, writer of children’s fiction and the 2011 winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, has written more than 50 books for children and young adults as well as ghost written for the classic series Sweet Valley High and The Boxcar Children. Her best known work is her early chapter book series, The Buddy Files, a mystery series told from the unique perspective of Buddy the Dog. Dori visited Authors in Chelsea in 2013 and has since written two more series, the Haunted Library and King & Kayla, that will be read by first and second grade students at North Creek Elementary. Find out more about Dori by visiting her website.

Cynthia Lord

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Cynthia Lord will be visiting all students in grades 3-5 at South Meadows Elementary. Cynthia is the author of four middle grade novels as well as several series for younger readers. Her novel Rules received a Newbery Honor Medal, the Schneider Family Book Award, and seven state awards, including the Mitten Award in Michigan. As a former teacher, Cynthia knows what it takes to engage and delight students. Her books are full of inspiring characters who don’t always get it right the first time, just like real kids, and her love of animals shines through in many of her stories. More information about Cynthia can be found here.

Shelley Pearsall

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Shelley Pearsall will be visiting Beach Middle School to talk to sixth grade students and lead writing workshops. Shelley is the author of six inspiring and thought-provoking novels for middle grade and teen readers. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a teacher in the public schools, as well as working in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater programs. Shelley’s first book, Trouble Don’t Last, was published in 2002 and received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. All of the Above and The Seventh Most Important Thing are ALA Notable Books. Visit Shelley’s website to learn more about her work.

2019 Events

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Authors in Chelsea – An Evening with the Authors

The whole community is invited to meet our 2018 Authors in Chelsea, hear them speak, and get books signed! Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Just Imagine.

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

March 12-13, 2019

In the Classroom

During the day on March 12-13, Chelsea students in grades 1-6 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 ElementaryDori Hillestad Butler
South Meadows ElementaryCynthia Lord
Beach Middle School — Shelley Pearsall

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.

Learn more about the history of Authors in Chelsea by clicking through this presentation from 2015:

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