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2023 Hutchmoot Keynote: Katherine Paterson


We’re delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for Hutchmoot 2023 is beloved author Katherine Paterson.


Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 40 books, including 18 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent book is Stories of My Life, published by Westminster John Knox Press. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.


She is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also an honorary lifetime member of the International Board of Books for Young People and an Alida Cutts lifetime member of the US section, USBBY. She was the 2010-2011 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.


Her books have been a transformative force in the Rabbit Room community since its inception and we’re honored to be able to welcome her to the table for Hutchmoot 2023 this October.


Tickets will be released during two windows with half becoming available on Wednesday, March 15th @ 10am Central, and the remainder going on sale Friday, March 17th @ 7pm Central.


More speakers, artists, and musicians will be announced in the coming weeks and months. We look forward to seeing you in October.



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