June 24, 7:30 p.m., VAC Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
Writer-in-Residence David Almond has won the Carnegie Medal, Smarties Award, two Whitbread Awards, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, given to an author whose complete works are judged to have made lasting contributions to children’s literature. His first novel, Skellig, won the Whitbread Children’s Award and the Carnegie Medal. The Fire-Eaters won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. My Name is Mina was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2011. His newest book is The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean.
July 3, 7:30 p.m., VAC, Room 119
"Once upon a Puppet: Pinocchio and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Culture." Tosi is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Venice-Ca’ Foscari, and her interests include rewriting practices and adaptation of children’s books, and the history of the literary fairy tale. She edited and translated a collection of Victorian fairy tales and has also published a volume on the literary fairy tale in England.
July 8, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
"Fairy Tales and Lies: The World of Children in the Works of Orson Scott Card," William A. Senior, Scholar-in- Residence, and editorial board member and former editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
July 10, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
Kathryn Erskine won the National Book Award for her novel Mockingbird. She is also the author of Ibhubesi: The Lion, Quaking, The Absolute Value of Mike, and the forthcoming Seeing Red.
July 12, 7:30 p.m., VAC Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
Illustrator Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit and a Caldecott Honor for Time Flies. He is the illustrator of numerous other children’s books and of the covers for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. His most recent books are Oh, No and Bone Dog.
July 17, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
Fran Cannon Slayton’s debut novel, When the Whistle Blows, a growing up tale of the railroad in the 1940s, earned her several starred reviews. She is a former prosecutor, specializing in child sex abuse cases, and legal publisher, now a fulltime writer.
July 20, all day, VAC
Nineteenth Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children's Literature
Keynote address by visiting scholar Karen Coats, professor of English at Illinois State University and author of Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature, which earned a Children’s Literature Association Honor Award for Best Book in Literary Criticism in Children’s Literature. She is also co-editor of Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature and The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders, a reviewer for the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and a former board member of the Children’s Literature Association. She will be on campus through July 23.
July 22, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
Mallory Loehr, Vice President and Publishing Director for Random House/Golden Books for Young Readers, is also the author of books for children including Earth Magic, Fire Dreams, Water Wishes, and Wind Spell. She will speak on fantasy writing and the publishing business.
July 24, 12:15 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
Students read from their creative work.
July 24, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library
Hear our faculty authors read from their own work.