Friday, July 22, 2011

"Exquisite Corpse Adventure" Webcasts Available on

Readers Theatre Production for 2011 Book Festival Written and Directed
by Katherine Paterson

Exquisite Corpse Adventure fans! Be sure to check out the webcasts of the NCBLA's presentations at the National Book Festival in 2009 and 2010 on

The 2009 presentation featured a panel discussion hosted by Mary Brigid Barrett with Team Corpse members:  Kate DiCamillo, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Steven Kellogg, Megan McDonald, and Jon Scieszka. Watch this video and learn how storytelling played a daily role in Megan McDonald's family as she grew up...and hear the poignant story of how libraries saved Nikki Grimes.

The 2010 presentation featured a dramatic readers theatre production of the final episode of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure written and directed by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson! On stage with Paterson were: M. T. Anderson, Mary Brigid Barrett, John Cole, Timothy Basil Ering, Linda Sue Park, and James Ransome.

WHAT will the NCBLA do at THIS YEAR'S National Book Festival?! WHO will be participating?! Plan to attend Saturday, September 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C and find out! For more information about this year's book festival, visit

What Is The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a national reading and writing outreach project created by the NCBLA and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game just like the one many families play on road trips, at camps, at parties, at home when there is a power outage. It is a game where one person begins a story, stops at a cliffhanging moment, and the next person picks it up, continuing on until everyone in the group has the opportunity to contribute. 
Contributors to The Exquisite Corpse include some of the most gifted artists and writers in our nation:  M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate Di Camillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Dusen.
Coming Soon to a Library and Bookstore Near You!
Originally published on,  The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is being published by Candlewick Press next month in paperback, hardcover, and audio formats.
Coordinating educational enrichment activities are available on the NCBLA Education Resource Center and include annotated booklists, classroom activities, art appreciation activities, discussion questions, and more!