Saturday, November 26, 2011

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! Afternoon with Nine Authors and Illustrators Scheduled at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Exquisite Conversation:
An Adventure in Creating Books!
Don't Miss an Afternoon of Literary Events Featuring an Author and Illustrator Presentation, Book Sale, Autographing, Wine and Cheese Reception, and Silent Auction!

Katherine Paterson
The Cambridge Public Library, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance invite you to join us next Saturday, December 3 at MIT for an afternoon of events designed for everyone who loves literature for young people--and the authors and illustrators who create it! 

Susan Cooper
Beginning at 1:00 in Kresge Auditorium, we proudly present a roundtable discussion moderated by NCBLA Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett featuring 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
M. T. Anderson

This presentation is FREE and open to the public for kids over 10. Everyone who loves literature for young people and would love to learn more about the creative process, writing, and narrative illustration is welcome! 
Natalie Babbitt
No registration or ticket is required. 
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.
Schedule of Exquisite Conversation Events
Noon - 1:00 p.m.:   Book Sale by Porter Square Books in lobby of Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue.
1:00 - 2:20 p.m.:   Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books! Presentation in Kresge Auditorium.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.:   Book Sale and Autographing in lobby of Kresge Auditorium.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.:   Wine and Cheese Reception with the Authors, Illustrators, and Special Guests, including Silent Auction in Room 307 on the third floor mezzanine of the Stratton Center, a short walk from Kresge. Tickets are required. Read below for more information and to buy tickets.

Wine and Cheese Reception
with the Authors and Special Guests!
Patricia MacLachlan
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Stratton Center, the NCBLA invites you to our ticketed, adults-only Wine and Cheese Reception with the authors and special guests! Here you can meet each of the participating authors and illustrators and ask each of them 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! 
Steven Kellogg

An added feature of our reception is the Silent Auction, featuring an exciting and diverse collection of themed book baskets, manuscript critiques, sketches and illustrations, and MORE!  See the catalog of Silent Auction items below.

Tickets are still available for the Wine and Cheese Reception! 

Click here to order your tickets for the Wine and Cheese Reception now. And please note that the NCBLA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Ticket purchases are TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the extent allowed by law. 

Silent Auction Catalog of Items
Manuscript Critiques                                      
Three manuscript critiques by Editors at Candlewick Press.
Manuscript critique by Executive Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
Picture book critique by Executive Vice President at Curtis Brown Ltd.

Pencil sketch by Chris Van Dusen

Pencil sketch by Chris Van Dusen for Episode 17 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, "Speak, Memory," written by Susan Cooper. (Image at left.)

Illustration by Timothy Basil Ering for Episode 23
Color illustration by Timothy Basil Ering for Episode 24 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, "When Is a Door Not a Door?" written by Natalie Babbitt. (Image at right.)
Book Baskets and Specialized Items        
Author and Illustrator
James Ransome
A collection of books by author and illustrator James Ransome, all signed.

One signed copy of Eric Carle's The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse with one family pass to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Basket of assorted books from publisher Barefoot Books.

Two baskets of Curious George books and gift items.

Author and Illustrator
Timothy Basil Ering
Exquisite Conversation Authors' and Illustrators' Basket, which includes: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson; Finn Throws a Fit! written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering; A Joyful Christmas: A Treasury of New and Classic Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holiday illustrated by James Ransome; The Flint Heart by John and Katherine Paterson; Shoebox Sam written by Mary Brigid Barrett and illustrated by Frank Morrison; The Dark Is Rising: The Complete Sequence by Susan Cooper; Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt; Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon; And I Love You written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Steven Kellogg; The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.

All Silent Auction items and their complete descriptions will be on display at the Wine and Cheese Reception beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 in Room 307 of the Stratton Center at MIT.

For complete information about all the Exquisite Conversation events, including ticket purchases for the Wine and Cheese Reception, click here. For directions to the event venues at MIT, click here