Written by Christopher Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Lisa Rowe Fraustino, professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, was featured in the New York Times' "Room For Debate Series." In "Room for Debate," the Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues. This particular discussion focused on what books authors love to receive and give.
Fraustino explained that her passion for reading and writing stems from her grandmother's frequent retelling of the story "Pippi Longstocking" during her youth. "What girl growing up in the 1960s would not want to be like Pippi, living without adult supervision at Villa Villekulla, strong enough to lift a whole horse, to defy police, ringmasters and silly teachers of pluttifikation, to walk backwards down the street with one foot on the sidewalk and the other in the gutter? Who would not itch to learn reading and writing after hearing that rollicking story?"
Fraustino is the author of the award-winning "The Hole in Wall," which follows a pair of 11-year-old twins and their investigation of a mining operation that has severely affected the area of their home. In March, "Booklist" named "The Hole in the Wall" to its Top 10 Books on the Environment for Youth: 2011. "The Hole in the Wall" was received with positive reviews and won the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature.
To learn more about Faustino and her work, visit her website at www.lisarowefraustino.com.