Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine, best known for Ella Enchanted, a novel that won a Newbery honor in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004, has written 24 books for children. Her first historical novel, Dave at Night, takes place in 1926, is loosely based on her father’s childhood in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum in New York. She is currently working on a historical novel that reaches into her ancestors’ distant past, to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. She will talk about this novel (due for publication for older children in 2019) about a 15th Century Refugee Crisis, what brought it about, and the genesis of European anti-semitism.