Friday, November 11, 2011

Attention Children's Lit Fans and Emerging Writers and Illustrators of Children's Literature!

Upcoming Events in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Feature Celebrated Authors and Illustrators of Literature for Young People

The Cambridge Public Library and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance invite everyone who loves literature for young people--and the authors and illustrators who create it--to TWO very special events to be held Saturday, December 3 on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts:

The Exquisite Conversation:
An Adventure in Creating Books!
Join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium for a lively presentation with a panel of distinguished authors and illustrators as they discuss creative writing, narrative illustration, and the creative process! This engaging roundtable discussion will be moderated by NCBLA Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett and will feature some of America's most beloved authors and illustrators: M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, James Ransome, and Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!

This event is FREE and open to the public for kids over 10 and everyone who loves literature for young people! 

Porter Square Books will be selling books before and after the presentation in the lobby of Kresge Auditorium (48 Masachusetts Avenue). All authors and illustrators will be available immediately following the presentation to autograph your favorite books!  

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new paperback for a child or teen to donate as a holiday gift to children and young adults in family shelters in Cambridge.

Wine and Cheese Reception
with the Authors and Special Guests!
Reception Includes a Silent Auction of Manuscript Reviews, Original Illustrations, and Themed Book Baskets
Following the presentation, the NCBLA invites you to our ticketed, adults-only Wine and Cheese Reception with the authors and special guests! This is your opportunity to meet each of the participating authors and illustrators in an intimate setting--share a glass of wine with Katherine Paterson! Take your picture with Steven Kellogg! Ask each of our authors the questions you've always wondered about. Our entire “Exquisite Conversation” panel will be there to meet you: M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Mary Brigid Barrett, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and James Ransome!

Also at the reception you won't want to miss the Silent Auction, featuring an exciting and diverse collection of themed book baskets, manuscript critiques by editors at Candlewick Press and Houghton Mifflin, and a picture book critique by a senior partner at the esteemed literary agency Curtis Brown Ltd. The auction will also include an illustration by David Macaulay, a pastel painting by Katherine Paterson, and much MORE!

The Wine and Cheese Reception will take place in Room 307 of the Stratton Center from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

A limited number of tickets are available for the reception. Don't miss out! Order your tickets today!

For complete information about the "Exquisite Conversation" program and reception, including ticket purchases, click here.

For directions to the event venues at MIT, click here
Photographs top to bottom: Katherine Paterson, Patricia MacLachlan, and Steven Kellogg, all taken  by Adam David Kissick at the NCBLA's "White House on the Waterfront" event at the National Children's Museum in November 2010.