New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys will discuss her award-winning books as part of the Chesterfield County Public Library author series. The highly acclaimed young adult author has written three historical fiction book novels, including her most recent book “Salt to the Sea,” an international bestseller which received the Carnegie Medal for best children’s writing. Sepetys will share her experience as an author, including what inspired her to begin writing.
A book sale and signing will follow the program. Registration is required and begins Sunday, June 30. For more information or to register, call (804) 751-CCPL (2275) or visit library.chesterfield.gov.
Members of the Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library will get priority seating and may register to attend a pre-event reception and book signing (separate registration required).
Fountain Bookstore is the bookseller for this event.
Event Type(s): General Interest
Age Group(s): For Kids and Families, For Teens
Ruta Sepetys (Rūta Šepetys) is an internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Sepetys is considered a “crossover” novelist as her books are read by both students and adults worldwide. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Ruta is renowned for giving voice to underrepresented history and those who experienced it. Her books have won or been shortlisted for over forty book prizes, are included on over thirty state reading lists, and are currently in development for film and television.
Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Born in Michigan, she was raised in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Ruta is passionate about the power of history and story to foster global dialogue and connectivity. She has been invited to present at NATO, European Parliament, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and Embassies worldwide. She was awarded The Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Fellowship for her studies on human resilience. The New York Times Book Review declared, “Ruta Sepetys acts as champion of the interstitial people so often ignored—whole populations lost in the cracks of history.”
Ruta was bestowed the Cross of the Knight of the Order by the President of Lithuania for her contributions to education and memory preservation and was recently honored with a postage stamp containing her image. She is extremely proud to be of Baltic heritage, even if that means she has a name no one can pronounce.
Ruta lives with her family in the hills of Tennessee.