College English Department presents: Minnesota Writers Series March 24

College English Department presents: Minnesota Writers Series March 24

March 02, 2018

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Department is hosting the Minnesota Writers Series, with guest writer and New York Times Bestseller, Kelly Barnhill, author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Saturday, March 24 at 7 pm.

Minnesota Writers Series: Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Saturday, March 24

7 pm
Cambridge Campus
Rm G202
The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Barnhill immerses readers in the story of a baby left to die in a forest by the Protectorate, as a sacrifice to appease a local witch. Unbeknownst to the villagers, the witch, Xan, becomes enamored with the child and raises it as her own. The plot unfurls as readers discover the truth of this richly detailed plot and how the web of characters and fantasy combine.

The Girl who Drank the Moon went on to become a New York Times Bestseller and the recipient of the 2017 Newbery Award.

“Some passages are pure poetry. We're celebrating our 30th year of the series, so we're particularly excited to be hosting such a phenomenal local author." said William Breen, English faculty member. Of the accolades the book has received Breen states that it is “in the company of great children's books like A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver”.

Barnhill credits a plethora of life and professional experiences as having prepared her for nothing, except her life as a storyteller. She’s received the World Fantasy Award, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She was awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She is also the author of The Witch’s Boy, Iron Hearted Violet, and The Mostly True Story of Jack.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Minnesota Writers Series on the Cambridge Campus.

For more information on Kelly Barnhill and her novel, visit

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