Author Jim Murphy will accept the Tulsa Library Trust’s 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature. The award presentation is the culminating event for Tulsa City-County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Murphy will receive the award at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 23 at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road.
Murphy has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His writing has won two Newbery Honors, made finalist for the National Book Award, received three Jefferson Cup awards, two Golden Kite awards, a Boston Globe-Horn award and the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards award, a lifetime achievement honor.
He is most well-known for writing about the Civil War through the eyes of two actual teen participants in the book The Long Road to Gettysburg and the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic in An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.
Murphy will present awards to winners of the library’s 2013 Young People’s Creative Writing Contest and talk about his experiences writing award-winning books at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 24 at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., in Connor’s Cove. He will sign books at both events. The presentations are free and open to the public.
Murphy’s books are available for checkout through any Tulsa City-County Library branch. Visit the library’s website at www.tulsalibrary.org to request a copy or call 918-549-7323 for more information.