Matthew Gollub has been around the world since he left University of the Pacific in the 1980s, but he always manages to find his way back to Stockton.
Saturday’s Family Day at the Park, The Record’s Literacy and Book Fair at University Park, is what will draw Gollub back this time.
“Usually, when I go to address kids it’s at schools where students have been reading my books for weeks ahead of time,” Gollub said from the office of his publishing company in Santa Rosa. “What makes this interesting is the spontaneity. Not only do you have a public which may be unfamiliar with a given author, they’re walking around with kids of all ages, toddlers, babies, 12-year-olds. There are a lot of attractions. It’s a festive atmosphere, and I find as a performer I need to present stories and acts that will engage people who are just passing by, even if it’s for five or 10 minutes. Sometimes they’ll stop by the children’s stage on the way to getting their face painted or on their way to getting cotton candy.”
No matter where folks wander over the grounds – and 20,000 are expected again this year – Gollub will be easy to find. He’ll read in King Author’s Court and in the Enchanted Castle, and will appear on the Kudos Children’s Stage.
“We use him every way we can,” said Carrie Sass, event coordinator.
Gollub, who majored in international studies at Pacific, a field that took him to Japan for three years, entertains crowds with taiko drumming, a puppet and the animated reading of some of his 15 award-winning books.
He’ll be joined in King Author’s Court by, among others, Terry O’Neal, who was born and raised in Stockton and frequently returns from her Sacramento-area home to visit local schools. She’ll read her children’s book “Ev’ry Little Soul” and excerpts from her young adult novel, “Sweet Lavender,” now being made into a film.
Readers scheduled for the Enchanted Castle are members of University of the Pacific’s men’s basketball team, university president Pamela Eibeck, San Joaquin Delta College president Kathy Hart, Record reporter Kevin Parrish and local leaders Susan Eggman, Moses Zapien and Jerry McNerney. <read more>
***Author’s Read in King Author’s Court***