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Release Date: September 16, 2002

Children's Author to Highlight ASU Reading Conference Sept. 28

Noted children's author Gloria Houston will be featured during the Angelo State University Reading Conference designed for teachers, university students and individuals interested in children's literacy.

The conference is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Davidson Conference Center of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont on the ASU campus. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $12 for teachers, $7 for ASU students and $15 for the general public. Group rates are also available for teachers.

Dr . Houston is the author of nine children's books, including "My Great-Aunt Arizona" and "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree." Houston will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. Her keynote presentation will be followed at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by breakout sessions, featuring area elementary and secondary teachers discussing concepts for teaching reading and writing.

Houston, who will participate in the afternoon breakout session, will also be available to sign her books at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Houston, who holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida at Tampa, is the author-in-residence and visiting assistant professor at Western Carolina University.

Cheryl Hines, ASU education faculty member and coordinator of the conference, said, "Having a children's author participate in the reading conference will give teachers additional ideas about using literature in the classroom. Gloria Houston is especially qualified for that, being both a children's author and an education professional."

Houston was inspired to become a writer after reading "Little Women" when she was seven, and finding "a kindred spirit" in Jo, the main character in the book. Born and raised in Avery County, N.C., she developed many of her stories around her family and that part of the country.

Her first book, "My Brother Joey Died," was nominated for an American Library Association Notable Book Award. Her other books include "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree," which was adapted for film, and "My Great-Aunt Arizona," a tribute to her aunt who was also her fourth-grade teacher. Her book "Littlejim" is about her father's childhood.

Houston's honors include the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Appalachian State University, and a National Literacy Award.

For additional information on the conference, contact Hines by phone at 325-942-2052, ext. 283, or by email at

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