Cekkebration of Local Authors

Catherine Ryan Hyde
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 30 published and forthcoming books, including, most recently, Leaving Blythe River, Ask Him Why, Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, and When I Found You.
Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition, an age-appropriate edited edition of the original novel, was released by Simon & Schuster in August of ‘14. It is suitable for children as young as eight.
She is co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R Allen, of
How to be a Writer in the E-Age: a Self-Help Guide.
Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries.
She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.