Mitali Perkins & Melissa Wiley Discuss Emily of Deep Valley + Carney's House Party

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Join Book Club Girl, of the blog as she welcomes Mitali Perkins, acclaimed author of Bamboo People and Secret Keeper and Melissa Wiley, author of The Martha Years and The Charlotte Years of the Little House on the Prairie series. Both authors will share their thoughts on Maud Hart Lovelace's classic Betsy-Tacy series and the Deep Valley books, Emily of Deep Valley, Carney's House Party and Winona's Pony Cart which are being reissued in October 2010 with new forewords by Perkins and Wiley as well as new historical background material about the real people behind the characters. Lovelace based the books in her Betsy-Tacy and Deep Valleys series on her own friends growing up in Mankato (Deep Valley), Minnesota. In addition to Perkins and Wiley, well-known fans of the series include Anna Quindlen, Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman, Judy Blume, Nora Ephron, Annie Barrows, Mary Kay Andrews, Ann Martin and more. Join us as we discuss Lovelace's enduring legacy, Lois Lenski and Vera Neville, mulitculturalism, using the books in a homeschooling curriculum, the upcoming 2012 Betsy-Tacy Convention and more!