Letters About Literature Winner To Meet Best-Selling Author At National Book Festival

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Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051

WINSLOW—Gabriel Ferris, 14, of Waterville Junior High School, a national winner of the Letters About Literature contest, has been invited to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., an event organized by the Library of Congress, to meet Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography Steve Jobs, and participate in a panel with him on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

Gabriel took first place for his entry level in the national Letters About Literature contest this past spring, winning against 21,713 submissions and taking home a $1,000 grand prize. The contest asks students grades 4-12 to write a letter to any author, living or dead, whose work deeply changed their view of the world or themselves. Gabriel wrote his letter to Mr. Isaacson after reading Steve Jobs. When Gabriel first picked up the book, he expected to learn more about technology, one of his passions, but instead he received “…an unintended lesson on the delicate tight rope that often divides extreme business success and extreme failure in personal relationships.”

Gabriel, who is also a reporter for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps (one of only 32 in the world), will read his award-winning letter aloud, and Mr. Isaacson will respond. This event will take place in the Teen Pavilion from 12:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

Related: ME Student Wins National Letters About Literature Competition

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