Take Flight With Author Alice McLerran

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  8/9/2007

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome author, Alice McLerran for a presentation titled, “A Mythic Bird Takes Wing,” highlighting the global journey of her children’s book, A Mountain That Loved A Bird. McLerran’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. on August 15 at the Sunriver Area Public Library. This program is free and open to the public and is appropriate for adults and young adults interesting in writing.

Since 1985, McLerran has found her vocation in writing for children. Her stories include The Mountain that Loved a Bird, Roxaboxen, The Ghost Dance, and Dragonfly, and have been widely shared in translation – not just in Europe, but in Asia and the Middle East. The Mountain that Loved a Bird appeared this year in a Chinese edition from a mainland publisher. New editions are currently in preparation with publishers in South Africa and Tanzania, and translations soon will be available in a number of the languages of Africa.

Her increasing focus on international publication is a natural outgrowth of the shape of her life. Her travels outside the U.S. began during her childhood as an Army Brat. As an adult, she initially taught anthropology; and did her research in South America. Her present career is totally portable, permitting her to accompany her physicist husband as he works with colleagues abroad. McLerran’s unusually migratory life allows her to visit schools, publishers, and guest at workshops anywhere in the world.

Building on contacts abroad and at the McLerran homes in Sunriver and Bellport, New York, and further aided by the ease of internet research and electronic communication, she now enjoys a network of active friendships with children’s writers, artists, translators and publishers around the globe. You can learn more about Alice McLerran and her books at

For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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