Below is a list of upcoming events that might be of interest…
OCT. 9 Sat. 9-6pm A IS FOR ANANSI: LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN OF AFRICAN DESCENT A Is For Anansi will cover the history, criticism and theory of contemporary books for and about children of African descent, as told by its most influential critics, scholars, teachers and producers. The need for more in-depth analysis and for more information, critical evaluation, and publications on this topic still remain. The conference will look at these and consider other questions and issues as well. Speakers include LEO & DIANE DILLON (Parsons Illustration Alums), ARNOLD ADOFF, KAMILI FEELINGS, GEORGE FORD, ZETTA ELLIOTT, and MICHAEL PATRICK HEARN among others.
LOCATION: NEW YORK UNIV., KIMMEL CENTER, 60 WASHINGTON SQUARE SOUTH, RM. 914-SILVER.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Oct. 9 Sat. 2pm NYPL CHILDREN’S LITERARY CAFE discusses The Authors Guild, SCBWI and PEN. Join moderator BETSY BIRD for a look at three prominent organizations for authors and illustrators. With a slew of different organizations to consider joining what do these organizations offer their members? (Illustration Adjunct Faculty) PAT CUMMINGS of the Authors Guild, SUSANNA REICH of PEN, and VICKI WITTENSTEIN of SCBWI will discuss what benefits their organizations provide and the good works they do in the community and the world. FREE.
LOCATION: Berger Forum, 2nd Floor in The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42 Street, New York, NY, 10018
Oct. 12 Tues. 6:30-7:30 p.m. THE NEW SCHOOL FORUM ON WRITING FOR CHILDREN presents THE GETTING PUBLISHED PANEL: Meet three publishing professionals who will share their expertise about publishing children’s books today. You’ll have an opportunity to direct questions to JENNY BROWN, reviewer, TwentyByJenny.com; ANDREA CASCARDI, agent, Transatlantic Literary Agency, Inc.; and JOY PESKIN, Executive Editor, Viking Children’s Books. With moderator: DEBORAH BRODIE. After 22 years at Viking and six as cofounder of Roaring Brook Press, Deborah Brodie is now a freelance editor, book doctor, and writing coach for publishers, literary agents, and individuals.
LOCATION: 66 West 12th Street, Room 510. TICKETS: Admission $5.
Tickets at The New School Box Office, Mon-Fri 1-7 p.m.; call 212-229-5488.
INFORMATION: For more information: 212-229-5611.
Oct. 12 Thurs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS AND WRITERS (SCBWI): Twenty-Five* Revision Techniques. CHERYL KLEIN, Senior Editor at Arthur Levine Books and author of the blog Brooklyn Arden will talk about twenty-five* techniques that writers can use to revise their manuscripts.
LOCATION: The Anthroposophical Society, 138 West 15th Street, NYC
DOORS OPEN AT 7:15pm.
INFO (Please check for last minute changes): metro.nyscbwi.org/profseries.htm
COST: $15 for SCBWI members, $20 for nonmembers; Seating is limited to the first 80 people.
Oct. 19 Tues. 6 pm THE AUTHORS GUILD invites you to a children’s book panel discussion: Trends in Children’s Book Publishing 2010, sponsored by the Authors Guild Foundation. Panelists will be Moderator, RACHEL VAIL, Author; MEG CABOT, Author; LISA HOLTON, Founder, CEO, Fourth Story Media; NEAL PORTER, Editor, Founder, Neal Porter Books; and ROSEMARY STIMOLA, Literary Agent, President, Stimola Literary Studio.
DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 p.m. Space is limited.
LOCATION: Scandinavia House, The Volvo Room, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, NYC.
Oct. 21 Thurs. 6pm SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS RECEPTION FOR THE ORIGINAL ART SHOW celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration. Opening Reception and Awards Presentation.
LOCATION: Society of Illustrators 128 East 63RD Street NYC
RSVP NECESSARY by Oct. 12th: email@example.com 212 838 2560
TICKETS: Members $25 Non-members $30
event listings via: Pat Cummings
For events scheduled during the summer term, the box office will open one hour before each event. During this period only, reservations can be made using the above contact information.
Alix Kennedy, executive director of the Eric Carle Museum, will visit Pat Cummings’ Childrens Book Illustration class on Monday, November 16th. He will discuss poetry in childrens books. All are welcome to attend.
On May 2nd Pat Cummings be signing books with a virtual CROWD of others at Books of Wonder. The new book has a collection of illustrators, among them Parsons grads Leo & Diane Dillon.
Here’s the info:
12 – 2 pm on Saturday, May 2nd
at Books of Wonder
Autograph session for:
Our Children Can Soar: From Carver to Owens, Fitzgerald to Parks, King to Obama. Thirteen African-American Artists Commemorate History’s Pioneers
Featuring work by:
BRYAN COLLIER, LEO & DIANE DILLON (Parsons Illustration Alums), PAT CUMMINGS (Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty), ERIC VELASQUEZ, E. B. LEWIS, SHADRA STRICKLAND, JAMES RANSOME, COZBI CABRERA and GREG CHRISTIE
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
We’re passing along this fantastic invitation from Parsons Illustration faculty member Pat Cummings…
For the final sessions of my classes (both Parsons and Pratt) I’m having two guest speakers next week. Any students you think might be interested in either or both presentations would be welcome to come.
Both presentations will be held at my apartment in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn and there’s a limit on how many can attend. So please have anyone interested email me for directions and/or more information ASAP at:
please write: ‘children’s book program’ in the subject line so I don’t toss it out as spam.
MONDAY, DEC. 15TH
TUESDAY, DEC. 16TH
This is an incredibly exciting opportunity! Thanks for passing along the invite, Pat.
[top illustration by Brian Selznick]