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The author of the YA classic, The Contender, an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times, and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show, The Eleventh Hour, Robert Lipsyte can add dynamic speaker to his list of talents. Funny, serious, intriguing, fascinating, he can hold groups of all sizes spellbound. Whether in your school, at your conference, or via Skype, his presentations are not to be missed.




Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing his latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of his books.

If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so he can prepare.

He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.



$300 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$500 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$750 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

Please visit Robert Lipsyte to see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of his books, information on his presentations when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting his books from a variety of sources.

Grade levels: 5-YA

Residence: NY



Wow! This was fantastic.... Robert was very interactive with our students and two asked questions of him during the interaction. This was such a good experience for us and I thank you, from the bottom of a teacher's heart, for making this possible.


Paul W. Hankins

Teacher, 11th Grade English and AP English Language and Composition

Silver Creek High School

(part of West Clark Community Schools)

557 Renz Ave

Sellersburg, IN 47172

cell 812-786-0876

school 812-246-3391