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'The Totality of Creation'

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Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 11, 2013
'The Totality of Creation'

An illustration of illustrator and writer Gail Haley, who will be presenting Oct. 10 at a High Country Writers meeting.
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High Country Writers welcomes internationally known children’s author, artist, illustrator, puppeteer and storyteller Gail E. Haley as presenter for its Oct. 10 meeting.

Haley will speak on “The Totality of Creation,” and High Country Writers invites guests and prospective members to attend.

Haley has written and illustrated more than 40 books for children. She is the only North Carolinian to have won the Caldecott Medal and is the only person world-wide to have won both the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenway Medal. In addition, she won the Kadai Tosho Award in Japan, Parent’s Choice Award for “The Green Man” and the Kerlan Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She was a writer in residence at Appalachian State University for 15 years and has lectured extensively in the U.S., U.K., Australia and South Africa. Her recent books include: “Kokopelli: Drum in Belly,” “Mountain Jack Tales” and “Isabella Propeller and the Magic Beanie,” which she illustrated.

She is currently working on an historical novel based on women’s experience in an “asylum” in North Carolina in the early 1900s, her first full-length fiction for adults.

The HCW meeting takes place at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Public Library, located at 140 Queen downtown Boone.

High Country Writers is an organization that fosters the growth and creativity of writers of all genres, offering its members support, constructive criticism and professional development.

Meetings are held 10 a.m. to noon at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Guests are welcome. Meetings are cancelled when the Watauga County Schools are closed for inclement weather. For more information about the organization, membership and calendar of events, visit the HCW website at

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