IN PERSON: NPLF Literary Award Public Lecture with Kate DiCamillo

Join book lovers of all ages at the 2023 Literary Award Weekend Public Lecture. This special event will allow fans to hear from and celebrate honoree, Kate DiCamillo. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her talk about her most recent work and converse with Nashville’s own, Ann Patchett. Wishing Chair Productions will debut its newest puppet show, which is based on Ms. DiCamillo’s work.

This event will take place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School on Saturday, November 4th at 10:00 AM. This event is FREE and open to the public, but you must register to attend. Click here to register!

All ages are welcome! The program will consist of Ms. DiCamillo’s remarks and conversation with Ann Patchett, followed by the Puppet Show Premiere.


Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has been a truly remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, when homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of Winn-Dixie, her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. The Tiger Rising, her second novel, was also set in Florida and went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. Since then, the best-selling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle and a magician’s theater while continuing to enjoy great success, winning two Newbery Medals and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Several of her books have been adapted to film, including most recently, The Magician’s Elephant, which was a Netflix animated original. Kate DiCamillo’s books’ themes of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances and their messages of shared humanity and connectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world. She now has over 40 million books in print worldwide. 


Event date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 10:00am
Event address: 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School
613 17th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203