Thursday, November 3, 2011

ONE MONTH FROM TODAY! "Exquisite Conversation" to be Held on the Campus of MIT!

The Exquisite Conversation:
An Adventure in Creating Books!

Katherine Paterson
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
M. T. Anderson + Natalie Babbitt
Susan Cooper + Timothy Basil Ering
Steven Kellogg  
Patricia MacLachlan + James Ransome
Mary Brigid Barrett, Moderator 

Mark your calendars NOW for our upcoming event designed for everyone who loves literature for young people (and the authors and illustrators who create it!) titled "The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books," to be held Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 PM in the Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This lively and informative presentation will feature a panel of our nation's most gifted storytellers and illustrators together on stage. A discussion of the rollicking episodic story game The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (Candlewick Press) will quickly evolve into a fascinating conversation about creative writing, narrative illustration, and the creative process! We may even explore Andre Breton and the wild and crazy Surrealists who inspired our exquisite game!

This event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library and the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. It is FREE and open to the public! Suggested audience includes young people (ages 10 and above) and adults who love children’s 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.

Books will be sold by Porter Square Books before and after the presentation. Autographing will follow the presentation. 

Wine and Cheese Reception 
with the Authors and Special Guests!
Following the presentation, the NCBLA is hosting a 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.

What Is The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game originally published on the Library of Congress' website as the foundation of a national reading and writing initiative, created by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is now available in paperback and hardback from Candlewick Press. It is also available on audio. 

To learn more about The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, click here

To check out the NCBLA's extensive online educational resources that support
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (including supplemental articles, classroom activities, reading lists, art activities, discussion questions, and more!), click here.

And, to check out the Exquisite Prompt Redux Writing Challenge for students in grades K-12 from Reading Rockets and, click here!

Ask for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure  
at a bookstore or library near you!