Award-winning Author to Read at Lock Haven University

LOCK HAVEN, PA – As part of Lock Haven University’s Pennsylvania Authors and UpWrite reading series, award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti will read excerpts from her work on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Parsons Union Building at Lock Haven University.  She also will discuss writing historical nonfiction and fiction for young adults. The reading is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

WHAT:          Award-winning Author Reading

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Lock Haven University’s Parsons Union Building, Multipurpose Room

WHO:             Marjorie Maddox Hafer ( or Dana Washington (

The recipient of such prestigious awards as the Newberry Medal, Sibert Medal, Orbis Pictus Award, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Golden Kite Award, Parents’ Choice Award, and Carolyn W. Field Award, Bartoletti is the author of numerous books. 

In Growing Up in Coal Country and Kids on Strike, Bartoletti writes about children working in the coal mines in Pennsylvania and going on strike for the right to go to school. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow shows how Hitler used children to further his goals. While researching this book, Bartoletti  learned about a sixteen-year-old member who discovered what Hitler was really doing and spoke out, even after being warned not to.  He was sentenced to die, and despite national and international objections, executed at age seventeen. She writes about the latter in her novel, The Boy Who Dared. She will also discuss They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group and her newest book, Down the Rabbit Hole: The Dear America Diary of Pringle Road, among other works.

In addition to her evening reading, Dr. Bartoletti will meet with LHU classes and students at Central Mountain Middle School, as well as give a brief reading at Ross Library’s Food for Thought author luncheon on Wednesday, April 9.     

More about the author and her books can be found at (  

This event is sponsored by the English department, the College of Liberal Arts and Education, and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

For further information about the reading, contact professors Marjorie Maddox Hafer and Dana Washington at or   For additional information about the reading and luncheon at Ross Library, contact the library at 570-748-3321.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.