Dr. Katherine Paterson

Title: Writer
Location: Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Dr. Katherine Paterson, Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing and literature.

Amassing more than 45 years of professional excellence, Dr. Paterson is the prolific author of nearly 40 published works, having most recently authored “My Brigadista Year” in 2017. She is most renowned for her award-winning children’s novel “Bridge to Terabithia,” published in 1977, which has been adapted into feature films in 1985 and 2007, the latter of which grossed $138 million and starred such prominent actors as Zooey Deschanel and Josh Hutcherson. Other notable works have included “Jacob Have I Loved” in 1980, “The Master Puppeteer” in 1975, and “The Great Gilly Hopkins” in 1978, which has also received a feature film adaptation. An internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Paterson’s novels have been translated into multiple languages.

To prepare for her illustrious career, Dr. Paterson pursued formal education at King University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, in 1954. She then attended the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, receiving a Master of Arts in 1957. Soon thereafter, she earned a Master of Religious Education from Union Theological Seminary in 1962. Dr. Paterson concluded her studies at King University, obtaining a Doctor of Letters in 1978. Due to her prominence in the field, she has garnered honorary doctorates from such prestigious academic institutions as Otterbein College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Washington & Lee University and Champlain College, among several others.

As a testament to her professional success, Dr. Paterson has accrued numerous accolades throughout her impressive career. In 2013, she was honored with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Library Service to Children, as well as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2006. In 1998, she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen Award from the International Board of Books for Young People, and in 1992, she received the New England Book Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Likewise, the Catholic Library Association gave her the Regina Medal in 1988 and Keene State College gave her the Children’s Literature Award in 1987. Dr. Paterson has been recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000, a Literary Light by the Boston Public Library in 2000, and a Lion of the New York Public Library in 1998. Notably, “Bridge to Terabithia” was featured among the All-Time Best Children’s Novels by the School Library Journal in 2012. She has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in 20th Century America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.

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