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Catch author DiCamillo on Saturday

The intersection of books and film is a common process anymore. But few authors have negotiated that process more efficiently than Kate DiCamillo.

DiCamillo's 2000 children's novel "Because of Winn-Dixie" became a 2005 movie starring AnnaSophia Robb. Her 2003 fantasy book "The Tale of Desperaux" was made into a 2008 animated film featuring the voice of narrator Sigourney Weaver.

Other of her books, notably 2006's "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" and 2009's "The Magician's Elephant," have been opted for movie production.

I mention the movie adaptations of DiCamillo's books because that's how many people are aware of them, since most of the above are aimed at children (and the parents who will read to them aloud). But movie success is aside from the many awards that DiCamillo's books have garnered, including two Newbery Medals, an honor that is awarded by the American Library Association.

Inland Northwest residents will have the opportunity to see (and meet) DiCamillo — who lives in Minneapolis — will be featured in an event 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown branch of Spokane Public Library. Tickets have been on sale since Jan. 22, so they may be limited. And they require purchase of the children's book the author is presenting — "La, La, La," illustrated by Jaime Kim (each book comes with two tickets; no tickets will be sold separately).

The event is being held in conjunction with our favorite area bookstore, Auntie's Books.