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Virginia Hamilton broke brave new ground in children's literature, from her first novel Zeely, published in 1967, to her last, 2002's semi-autobiographical Time Pieces, issued after her death that year. Her inventive novels, biographies, slave narratives, folktale collections, and picture books earned a dazzling array of top honors, including the Newbery Medal, National Book Award, and Coretta Scott King Award. The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth at Kent State is currently in its 26th year.

Now, 33 of her acceptance speeches, lectures, and articles have been gathered in Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, & Conversations. In it, Hamilton artfully dissects her unique creative process, providing an intriguing glimpse into her undeniable genius.

The illuminating collection was co-assembled by Hamilton's husband, poet and anthologist Arnold Adoff, who kindly offers his insights into his wife's vast and varied body of work in my June children's market column at Authorlink.com.

To learn more about Hamilton and her incredible work, visit www.virginiahamilton.com.