Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Children’s Author E.L. Konigsburg to be Honored at Literary Legends Award Reception

St. Augustine, Fla. — The late children’s author E.L. Konigsburg was a master of illuminating classic themes of childhood and adolescence in stories that captivated the young adult audience. Rebellion against authority, the complexity of friendship and social acceptance, for example, were subjects often tackled in her books. In 1968, she was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal for her contribution to children’s literature, and then again, in 1997. 

2016 will mark yet another year of recognition when on Sept. 16 she will posthumously be awarded the Florida Heritage Book Festival Literary Legends Award. 

“E. L. Konigsburg certainly meets all of the criteria to receive the award,” Debra Rhodes Gibson, vice-president of the festival, said. “She has produced a body of work over time that is exceptional in quality and has been widely recognized.”

Each year the Florida Heritage Book Festival honors at least one acclaimed author with ties to the Sunshine State. The authors are recognized at the Literary Legends Banquet, a tradition that has seen some of Florida’s most acclaimed writers accept their awards in person and enthrall audiences with remarks about their legendary careers. Posthumous Legends Awards have also been granted. Former recipients have included John D. MacDonald (2014), Ernest Hemingway (2012) and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston (2011).

Paul and Ross Konigsburg, sons of E.L. Konigsburg, will be in attendance on Sept. 16 to receive the posthumous award for their mother, who once was a school teacher in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Konigsburg is well-known for many of her 20 books, the most popular of which include the Newbery Medal Award winners “The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” and “The View from Saturday.” The former told the adventure of two children who ran away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the latter, of middle schoolers who form a special bond with their paraplegic teacher.

Konigsburg’s recognition marks an effort on the part of the Florida Heritage Book Festival to include children’s and young adult authors in its events, especially the author presentations.

“We are hoping to include more young people and families in this annual event, inspiring the next generation of writers and readers, embedding an appreciation for sharing literature among families and across all generations,” Gibson said.

The Literary Legends Award Reception, which will induct Konigsburg into the festival’s Literary Legends Hall of Fame, will be held Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Flagler College’s Solarium, on the top floor of Ponce Hall. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. To register and purchase tickets, visit here:

The event will help raise funds for the festival’s beneficiary programs: St. Johns County Friends of the Library groups, The St. Augustine Record Newspaper Media in Education program and a scholarship for a Flagler College student.

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