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Bestselling author of Judy Moody series and Pittsburgh Native Megan McDonald to Close Season of Black, White & Read All Over

Contact: Susan Corbett
Phone: 412.622.8866
Fax: 412.688.8617

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2006 . . . Pittsburgh's family author series Black, White & Read All Over will conclude its 2005-2006 season with an appearance by Pittsburgh native and award-winning children's author Megan McDonald on Saturday, April 22. McDonald, author of the wildly popular series of books featuring her spunky heroine Judy Moody, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall. Questions from the audience, a reception and booksigning with the author will follow her talk.

Megan McDonald grew up in Pittsburgh as the youngest of five daughters, her father a storytelling ironworker. Her diverse working background includes experience as a park ranger, bookseller, museum guide, and librarian in Minneapolis and Latrobe, as well as Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Winner of numerous awards, McDonald has written over thirty books, including picture books for young children and novels for young adults. Her best known books, popular with both boys and girls, are beginning-reader chapter books featuring Judy Moody, an outspoken third grader. The most recent book in this series is Judy Moody, M.D., which has just been published in paperback. Recently, McDonald has begun a new series featuring Judy's younger brother, Stink, a boy as wily and winning as his sister. The third of these books, Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker, has just been released.

Now in its fifth season, Black, White & Read All Over encourages children to read and promotes family literacy by bringing to Pittsburgh America's most beloved authors and illustrators. For information and tickets call (412) 622-8866. Tickets are $7. Discounted tickets for groups are available. Black, White and Read All Over is presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, and is sponsored by The Grable Foundation, Dominion Foundation, and Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, Ralph Munn Endowment, and UPMC Health Plan.