Author Mike Mullin will visit Northern Illinois University July 30 and 31 to discuss his writing process, his thoughts on censorship and the science behind his popular young adult novels in the “Ashfall“ series.
“Ashfall” tells the story of a teen who struggles to survive after the cataclysmic eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. The book has been selected by Northern Illinois University’s STEM Teen Read because it blends a fast-paced fiction story with science facts to create a compelling and educational reading experience.
STEM Teen Read selects only four books a year and hosts live and online programs to inspire readers to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math behind the sci-fi stories. The program is sponsoring Mullin’s visit and has planned several opportunities for readers to meet the author and learn more about the world he created in his popular novels “Ashfall,” “Ashen Winter” and the forthcoming conclusion to the trilogy, “Sunrise.”
Mullin will discuss his writing process and demonstrate Taekwondo in a fun, interactive presentation, and he will be joined by experts in geology, physics and food science to discuss the science of “Ashfall.” STEM Teen Read will provide end-of-the-world snacks.
Mullin will be the keynote speaker Wednesday, July 31, at 8 a.m., at the professional development conference “Too Hot for Teens?” at the Holmes Student Center. He will speak with educators and librarians about censorship as it relates to young adult literature and learning. Time will be set aside for networking and idea-sharing with Mullin, as well as formal and informal educators. The event is free, but participants must register at http://teenread.niu.edu. Registration includes complimentary breakfast and parking. CPDUs are available for educators who participate.
Also on July 31, Mullin will appear at Sycamore Public Library at 2:30 p.m. to cap off the summer reading program with a discussion on “The Geology of Ashfall.” This event is free and open to the public.
He will also visit NIU’s STEM Career Exploration Camp and Creative Writing Day Camp the week of July 29 to present special activities related to his book and his experiences as a novelist. Registration is still open, but these camps are filling up fast. Visit the http://niu.edu/summercamps to learn more.
Additionally, STEM Teen Read will post expert videos, educator materials and other fun, interactive materials related to the book on http://teenread.niu.edu. Visitors will be able to play “Enter the Ash,” an original video game based on “Ashfall.” The video game was created for STEM Teen Read by a multi-disciplinary team of NIU students and staff in NIU’s Digital Convergence Lab.