Award Winning Storyteller Kate DiCamillo Visits Fairfield on Oct. 12

Kate DiCamillo, award winning author of "Because of Winn-Dixie," "The Tiger Rising," and "The Tale of Despereaux," will discuss her newest book, "La La La: A Story of Hope" featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim. A nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

DiCamillo will be at Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium, located at 689 Unquowa Road in Fairfield, on Thursday, Oct. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairfield University Bookstore (1499 Post Road in Fairfield) or online at Fairfield.edu/DiCamillo. Tickets are $20/family and include a copy of "La La La: A Story of Hope" and the Kate DiCamillo presentation and book signing. A special musical performance by the Tomlinson Rolling Strones led by music teacher Sara Hoefer will kick-off off the evening event.

“La la la…..la.” A little girl stands along and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound ... She has been heard. At last.

With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

The Star Tribune writes of the book, The text of this book is one word: La. But the story is abundantly clear.” 

In addition to "Because of Winn-Dixie" (a Newbery Honor Book), "The Tiger Rising" (a National Book Award Finalist), and "The Tale of Despereaux" (Newbery Medal Winner), DiCamillo authored a completed series of early chapter books about a pig named Mercy Watson. DiCamillo’s young adult novel, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" was the winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. She is the fourth U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—one of only six writers to have won two of the annual Newbery medals introduced in 1922. DiCamillo lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but she spent much of her childhood in Florida.

All of Kate DiCamillo’s books are available for purchase at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore. She will personalize unlimited copies of  "La La La: A Story of Hope," and fans may choose any one other DiCamillo book for the author to personalize at the Tomlinson Middle School Event.

To learn more about Kate DiCamillo, visit her at katedicamillo.com.

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