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Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People: Rajani LaRocca

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When: Oct 29, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People with Rajani LaRocca

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The annual Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young People will present Concord author Rajani LaRocca on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Forum, Main Library. All are invited to hear from Rajani as she talks about her books, the most recent of which is the Newbery Honor winner Red, White and Whole.

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. Learn more about Rajani and her books at and Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. She also co-hosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast. For more information about Rajani, see here. 

The lecture series was created in memory of Leslie Riedel by her family and friends so that young people could meet some of their favorite authors. Past speakers of the series include children's authors/illustrators David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg, Jerry Pinkney, Lois Lowry, Tomie dePaola, Grace Lin, Katherine Paterson, Kate DiCamillo and Robert Sabuda. This hybrid event is free and open to all.