Discuss `Saturday' on Tuesday

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April 18, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Two-time Newbery Award winner E.L. Konigsburg, 72, entered the working world not as a writer, but as a chemist. "I came from a small town where ... when you did go away to college, you went away to be something - an engineer or a teacher or a chemist," the author says in an interview at the Web site of her publisher, Scholastic. "I never knew anyone who went away to be an artist until I was in college."

It would be many years after college before Konigsburg, who also illustrates her books, began her writing career. First she married, became a science teacher at an all-girls school and had three children. Once her kids were in school, she tried her writing skills, which proved to be pretty good: Her first book, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, won the Newbery Medal in 1968.

The Glenwood Branch Library's parent-child book club is meeting Tuesday to discuss Konigsburg's second Newbery Medal-winning book, 1997's The View From Saturday, which tells the story of the characters in an exceptional sixth-grade academic team.

Make sure you read the book before you go. 7 p.m., 2350 Route 97, Cooksville; 410-313-5577.

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