Visiting Author program
The Visiting Author Program provides Gordon students the unique experience of delving into the writer’s craft by working with nationally recognized authors and illustrators. It is supported by the Karla Harry Visiting Author Fund, which was established in 2006 in memory of Karla Harry, Gordon’s beloved librarian and adored community member. This fund was initially endowed by Almon, Suzanne, Stephen, and Sara Hall. Gifts from Karla’s friends and family have expanded its mission, and this permanent fund has become a vital part of the school’s library program and literature curriculum.
Author Kwame Mbalia (top) and illustrator Eric Wilkerson (bottom) are the 2021 Karla Harry Visiting Author honorees. They are creative team behind the New York Times bestseller Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, which was awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and CABA award.
More on their work, and the work they did with the Gordon community, on Gordon's blog
The residency coincides with the annual GCA Book Fair, which also includes author visits from Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (Layla's Happiness), Simran Jeet Singh (Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The Story of the Oldest Runner to Ever Run a Marathon) and Susan Joyce (Billy the Rescue Dog).