Children's Book Guild Lunchtime Lecture Series, 2018 - 2019

Monthly lunchtime lectures at Bus Boys and Poets, 450 K St., NW, Washington, DC
(please note: Bus Boys and Poets has moved across K Street from its former location)
Time: 11:30 a.m. "social hour"; noon lunch and lecture
$25 per person by check or cash, $26 on line via PayPal

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September 20, 2018. “A State, a Doughnut, and a Blade of Grass Walk into a Book.” Author/Illustrator Laurie Keller (We Are Growing, ALA’s 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award) will discuss her process of creating appealing book characters out of common every day objects (and show you how to do it, too!).

October 18, 2018. “Children's Book Reviewing in the Early 21st Century.” Join Vicky Smith, children's editor at Kirkus Reviews, for a discussion of the evolving children's literature landscape and the challenges it presents, including reviewing diversity -- its joys and pitfalls.

November 15, 2018. Claudia Bedrick, publisher, editor, and art director of Enchanted Lion Books, will discuss what was involved in starting an independent publishing house, her vision, and what goes into selecting and editing the European, Japanese, and American books that have garnered so many awards.

January 17, 2019.  “What Happened?” Non-fiction author Cynthia Levinson (We’ve Got a Job, Fault Lines in the Constitution, The Youngest Marcher, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can) will answer this question and share thoughts on figuring out what is true and what is not and what to do about widely held untruths.

February 21, 2019. Author Elizabeth Acevedo, National Poetry Slam Champion, educator, and winner of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Fiction, will discuss her cultural heritage, writing process, and how she arrived at writing her debut young adult novel, The Poet X  (HarperCollins, 2018)

March 21, 2019. Evening membership meeting. Place and time to be announced. Guild Member Kathy Crutcher, Founder and Executive Director of Shout Mouse Press, will share thoughts on mentoring new writers. 

April  11, 2019.  “Stories Behind the Story.” Katherine Marsh (Nowhere Boy, The Night Tourist, winner of  2008 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery), and Francisco Stork (Marcelo in the Real World, The Memory of Light, Disappeared, 2018 Walter Award Honoree) will discuss the writing of historical fiction.

May 11, 2019.  Non-fiction Award luncheon. 12 noon at Clyde's of Gallery Place.  Further details to be announced.

June 20, 2019.  A conversation with poet/author Eloise Greenfield, winner of 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award.

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