An Evening with Lois Lowry

Author of The Giver and Son

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

October 1, 2012

An Evening with Lois Lowry
Author of The Giver and Son

Tuesday, October 9, 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library

Lois Lowry’s breakthrough dystopian young adult novel, The Giver, has been read by millions around the world and is assigned reading for thousands of middle school students. The book left many with lingering questions, including: “What happened to Jonas and Gabriel?” and “Is a perfect society possible?” Now Newbery-award winning Lowry has followed up with Son, the final book in The Giver quartet, and will be at San Francisco’s Main Library to discuss this final installment and answer all your questions.

An Evening with Lois Lowry
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium
Free
Handicapped Accessible

Published in 1993, The Giver is an intriguing story set in a society that is uniformly run by a Committee of Elders. Twelve-year-old Jonas is assigned his life's work as the Receiver, which gives him the burden of holding the community’s memory. It teaches him the cost of living in an environment that is ``without color, pain, or past.'' Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world. With a storyline that hints at Christian allegory and an eerie futuristic setting, Lowry makes real the abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feeling.

With Son, Lowry continues to wrestle with the idea of human freedom while completing the story of Jonas and the baby he rescued. Told in three separate story lines, it combines elements from the first three novels into a thought provoking narrative. “Son is a tender conclusion to this memorable story, and definitely the best of the books in this sequence since The Giver itself,” according to School Library Journal  review.

Lowry's has written more than 20 books for young people including the Anastasia Krupnik series. Her book topics span a wide range, including humor, science fiction and thought-provoking works.  A book signing will follow the discussion at the Library.

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