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Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books for Young People: 2012 Festival
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The 2012 Festival of Books will be held on October 25, 2012 at the Tom Steed Community Learning Center on the campus of Rose State College in Midwest City, OK.  Attendees will meet award winning, young adult author, Alex Flinn, and the remarkable husband and wife team of Ted and Betsy Lewin, who will share details about both their solo projects and collaborative efforts.

Alex Flinn 

Photograph of Alexa FinnAlex Flinn is the author of nine novels including Beastly, a #1 New York Times bestseller which has been made into a motion picture. She has two other fairy tale-based novels, A Kiss in Time and Cloaked. Her first book, Breathing Underwater, was named an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults and is the only novel included in Liz Clairborne’s "Love is Not Abuse" dating violence prevention curriculum for schools. Her books have received honors including Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, International Reading Association Young Adult Choices, and Junior Library Guild selection. She is a non-practicing attorney who lives with her husband, daughters, and way too many pets in Miami, Florida. Her latest novel, Bewitching: The Kendra Chronicles, is a companion to Beastly. Read more about Alex Flinn and her work by visiting

Betsy Lewin

Photograph of Betsy Lewin

Betsy Lewin grew up in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. She always loved to draw and can’t remember wanting to be anything but an artist. Her mother, a kindergarten teacher, is responsible for her love of children’s books. She read to Betsy and her brother every night: Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Babar, Uncle Remus, and all the fairy tale books. The illustrators A.B. Frost and Ernest Shepard were among her earliest heroes. Later on when she started illustrating for children, Betsy realized how strongly she’d been influenced by James Stevenson and Quentin Blake. After graduating from Pratt Institute where she studied illustration, Betsy designed greeting cards. Then she began to write and illustrate stories for children’s magazines. When an editor at Dodd, Mead & Company asked her to expand one of those stories into a picture book, Betsy says, “I jumped at the chance. I’ve been doing picture books ever since and loving every moment.” Many of Betsy’s books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List and she has garnered many awards including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Caldecott Honor for Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, and an Honor for the first ever Ted Geisel Award given by the ALA for the book she illustrated, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa. Find out more about Betsy Lewin at her web site,

Ted Lewin

Photograph of Ted LewinTed Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the works of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Valazquez and Goya. His career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, but over the last thirty-five years he has devoted full time to writing and illustrating children's books. "I'm having more fun doing this than anything I've ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland and India. His ALA notable book Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador. Other awards include a Caldecott Honor in 1994 for his illustrations in Peppe the Lamplighter, a Silver Medal in the Society of Illustrators Annual Show 2007, and the 2007 Hamilton King award for the best illustration in the Society of Illustrators Annual Show, done by a member of the Society. Visit Ted on the web at
The 2012 Festival of Books was made possible, in part, through a challenge grant from the Robert S. Kerr Foundation, Inc.



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