Plattsburgh, NY—4/26/11—On this week's Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA airing Thursday, April 28th at 8:30pm, producer Paul Larson introduces Mountain Lake PBS's newest initiative, Author Visits, in conjunction with his interview with Katherine Paterson, author Bridge to Terabithia.
Author Visits, which is hosted and produced by Larson, invites students and adults alike to explore the creative process and inspiration behind the literary work of local authors. This new initiative combines Mountain Lake PBS's on-air and online resources. The comprehensive Author Visits website will offer video interviews with local authors as well as supplementary material including a brief bio, book summaries, study guides and additional web resources.
The initial launch of the Author Visits website will include interviews with 11 local authors, including the Katherine Paterson interview that will be featured on Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA this week.
"I'm very excited that the launch of Author Visits coincides with this interview -- It was a real thrill for me to meet and interview Katherine Paterson," said Larson. "I read her books when I was growing up, and I had the opportunity to tell her in person how much Bridge to Terabithia has moved me. As a young person, I had a similar friendship to the one described in the book, which made the tragedy in the novel hit very close to home for me."
The Vermont author brings young readers face to face with tragedy in her Newbery award-winning book Bridge to Terabithia. In this interview with Paul Larson, she discusses the inspiration behind the book, and her thoughts on the recent movie version.
The Author Visits webpage (http://mountainlake.org/education/author-visits) is available now, and all interviews will launch with Thursday's airing of Mountain Lake Journal EXTRA.
“These visits will give students first hand insights into the writer’s creative process. The interviews and supplementary materials give teachers the tools they need to support meaningful literacy conversations,” said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS.
"I'm so glad these interviews will be offered online. I think the whole series is a great resource for teachers and students,” said Kate Messner, who is featured in the initial launch of Author Visits.
The Author Visits interviews include Sheri Amsel, Margaret Bartley, Joseph Citro, Amy Guglielmo, Steven Kellogg, Kristin Kimball, Mark Laxer, Gordie Little, Kate Messner, and Mary Paladin. This ongoing initiative will be updated frequently; new author interviews including Marty Podskoch, Kathy L. Baumgarten, and Mark Gonyea will be available soon.