Best-Selling Author to Visit University Lab School

01/17/2014 02:35 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU University Laboratory School will host award-winning young adult author Neal Shusterman on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in the ULS auditorium.

Shusterman is the author of several celebrated books, including the wildly popular “UnWind” series, which will be adapted into film in 2015. The film adaptation of his previous book, “Everlost,” hit theaters in 2009. He is a celebrated novelist, screenwriter and television writer and has written episodes of popular teen TV shows including “Goosebumps” and “Animorphs” as well as the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect.”

“We place great value on helping our students develop into lifelong readers and learners,” said lab school middle- and high-school librarian, Charity Cantey. “Events like this help build and strengthen a community of readers. We have a large number of middle- and high-school students – and teachers – who are fans of Mr. Shusterman’s work, and we’re excited to provide this opportunity to meet him in person. An event like this is an exciting way to celebrate books and reading as a community, to come together over books we love and learn more about them, while welcoming the author into our community of readers.”

In addition to his event Monday evening, Shusterman will be conducting workshops with 10th- and 11th-grade students who have read and discussed his “UnWind” series in Emily Tarver’s English classes. In addition, Shusterman will also lead writing workshops with small groups of ULS middle and high school students prior to the evening session.

“Students will be able to ask questions and converse with the author about his work and his writing process,” said Cantey. “For teen readers, meeting an author can help forge a deeper connection with books and build enthusiasm for reading. For writers, working with someone who is making a living at the craft is an invaluable opportunity to learn about the process and hone their own skills.”

The evening event is open to teens, teachers, librarians, parents and families and LSU faculty and students. Space is limited so attendees are encouraged to RSVP. Interested parties can do so by emailing Cantey at

The University Laboratory School was established by the College of Education, now known as the College of Human Sciences & Education, of LSU and has operated under its auspices for nearly 100 years. This coeducational school exists as an independent system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research center. The school is located on the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge. Visit the University Lab School at

The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at  

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014