Jean Fritz, 15th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Jean Fritz

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall

Author/Artist Bio

Jean Fritz has written over twenty historical biographies for young readers, including Stonewall, Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?, The Double Life of Pocahontas, China Homecoming, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?, all of which were named ALA Notable Children's Books. She is also the author of a memoir, Homesick: My Own Story, which won the 1983 American Book Award for Children's Fiction. Jean Fritz has also been presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature.


Fritz participated in Words At Play: A Panel Performance on Childhood and Literature with Jay O'Callahan, W.D. Snodgrass, Fred Chappell, and Kathryn Morton on Tuesday, October 6, 1992 at 11:00 a.m. At 2:00 p.m. Fritz performed a reading from The Double Life of Pocahontas.


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