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Bestselling Author Joan Bauer to Speak at Judson University's Fall 2012 Commencement

(Elgin, IL - November 28, 2012) New York Times bestselling author, speaker, screenwriter and songwriter Joan Bauer will speak at Judson University's fall 2012 commencement on Saturday, December 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel, 1151 N. State St. in Elgin, Ill. Joan Bauer Photo

In her acclaimed 11 novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult issues with humor and hope. Bauer has won numerous awards for her books, among them the Newbery Honor Medal, the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award, two Christopher Awards, the LA Times Book Prize, the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize, the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, the ASTAL Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature for Young People, the Michigan Thumbs-up! Award for Children's Literature, the Delacorte Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, the Pacific Northwest Library Association Award, the New Jersey Reading Association M. Jerry Weiss Award, the New England Booksellers Award, and the Boston Public Library's "Literary Light" Award. Her novel "Rules of the Road" was chosen as one of the top young adult books of the quarter century by the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into eight languages.

Through the U.S. State Department's professional speakers program, Bauer was the first American children's author to visit both Croatia and Kazakhstan, speaking with students, writers, educators, parents, social workers, and children at risk about her life and her novels. Her trip to Kazakhstan blossomed into another first -- the U.S. Embassy along with the Children's Library of Almaty, Kazakhstan, worked together to translate Joan's popular novel, “Hope Was Here,” into Russian and then distribute it in both Russia and Kazakhstan to promote understanding between those two countries. “Hope Was Here” has also been used to help communities in America rebuild after tragedies and to draw schools and communities under the banner of hope.

Bauer was born and raised in the Chicago area. She now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband, computer scientist Evan Bauer. She has one grown daughter. Joan is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Authors Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is currently co-writing a musical adaptation of her novel, “Squashed.”

More than 150 Bachelor and Master students will graduate during the 68th graduating class of Judson University. Graduates from the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Leadership and Business will receive their degrees during the 10 a.m. exercise. Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Education will receive their degrees during the 2 p.m. exercises.

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