Upcoming Events in the Children’s Book Illustration World

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.

INFO: http://africanastudies.as.nyu.edu/object/anansi.html
RSVP: 212.998.4222

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
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.
RSVP: 212.563.5904

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: kb@societyillustrators.org 212 838 2560
TICKETS: Members $25 Non-members $30
INFO: http://www.societyillustrators.org/At-the-Museum/2010/2010-Original-Art/Opening-Reception–2010-Original-Art.aspx

event listings via: Pat Cummings