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Program

Letters About Literature

A national reading-writing contest for grades 4 - 12.

Contact

Leah Kuehn
Program Assistant
(207) 773-5051

Details

Letters About Literature

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Students: Enter the Letters About Literature Contest

Letters About Literature is an annual, national reading and writing program organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, students in grades 4-12 write a letter to the author (living or dead) of their favorite book, poem, or short story and describe how that book moved or changed them…. Read more

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Listen to Maine Student Read Award Winning Letter to Author

Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of this year’s national Letters About Literature contest for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author of the biography Steve Jobs. Gabriel’s  letter poses a question highly relevant for modern culture: “Is excess a requirement for extreme success?… Read more

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: 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… Read more

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ME Student Wins National Letters About Literature Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   June 22, 2015 WATERVILLE, Maine- Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of the national Letters About Literature contest. He will receive $1000 for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author… Read more

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Letters About Literature 2014

By Gina Mitchell Each year, the MHC coordinates Maine’s part of the national Letters About Literature contest, in which students write a letter to an author (living or dead) explaining how they found meaning, inspiration, courage, or support through one of the author’s works. Letters from Maine students share powerful stories of using authors like… Read more

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A Love Letter to the Maine Humanities Council

By Sheila Jans Inspiring. Amazing. Incredible…. An endless ribbon of words would do nicely to describe my past eight years on the board of the Maine Humanities Council. But, if I really had to choose only one word to express what it was like to serve on one of the most outstanding boards in Maine… Read more

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Letters About Literature 2012

Letters About Literature is a national project sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council. Support for this program is provided by the David Royte Fund and the Library of Congress. In Letters About Literature, students write to an author—living or dead—about how that… Read more

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Let Me Tell You How Your Writing Has Moved Me

By Annaliese Jakimides For eighteen years, students from all over the country have been writing letters to writers, dead and alive. They have no expectation of an answer, although Cindy Duguay, a teacher in Maine’s RSU 52 (Green, Turner, and Leeds), says that often a student will ask whether a writer—living, of course—will read the… Read more

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Changing Worlds Through Words

By Diane Magras Good books hit hard. And especially when we’re young, books can hit really hard. Kids can draw out, tease out, or wrench out meaning from just about any book. I’ve seen this often as a Letters About Literature judge for Maine. I’ve been on a panel of judges for our state’s portion… Read more

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Honoring Action through Words, the David Royte Fund

By Annaliese Jakimides When Merle Nelson and her brother Paul Royte decided that the time had come to add another component to the legacy of their father, David Royte, there was absolutely no question what that would be. Not only did the siblings know that creating a trust supporting a Maine Humanities Council program was… Read more

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The David Royte Fund

David L. Royte was the founder of The Labor Record of Maine, the AFL-CIO Building Trades Council newspaper. Upon his retirement in 1988, he remained the publisher, general manager, and owner of that publication. But his reading ranged far beyond his own paper. His daughter, Merle Nelson, recalls her father “always with a book in… Read more

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Letters About Literature | Lacie Craven

Lacie Craven’s family owns and operates Wild Wind Farm on the coast of Maine, in Bucks Harbor. It’s a long way from there to the Florida hamlet where The Yearling is set, but Lacie has no trouble imagining a farm dotted with citrus trees rather than pines. Both are “wild country,” where families live off… Read more

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