Theatre: At Intiman, a timely story about an interracial couple – set in the 1918 South
“Wedding Band,” by Alice Childress, profiles an interracial couple in 1918 South Carolina, but its message is still timely. The play closes Intiman Theatre Festival’s seasonlong salute to
black women playwrights. A Charleston, S.C., native, and great-granddaughter of slaves, Childress was keenly attuned to the civil-rights and feminist movements, and one of the first black
women playwrights to win national recognition.
Her well-read novel for young people, “A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich,” about a 13-year-old heroin addict, became part of a 1982 Supreme Court case after a New York school district
censored it and other books. Such reactions just proved to Childress that she was casting light on meaningful social issues that needed to be openly considered and addressed.
“Writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance,” she once wrote, “a way to light a candle in a gale wind.”
Books to give you hope: Z for Zachariah by Robert C O’Brien
This is a hard ending for a young reader to accept – and Ann herself struggles with the “childishness” of her need for fairness, in a book that is fascinated, like much of the best YA, with
the threshold between childhood and adulthood (her formal references to “Mr Loomis” throughout signal the age difference between them, as well as her need to keep him at arm’s length).
Decades later, though, Ann’s decision to step from her bounded Eden into the ominous wasteland outside reads as a testament to the power of choosing hope over surrender.
Lois Lowry on ‘The Giver’ and what she regrets in her new book, ‘Looking Back’
“I disagree with you about one thing. I don’t think we’re on our own. We’re made up of all the people who have been part of our lives.” And of course that’s true – all those people have
become part of us. If I were to redo this book again, maybe I would leave that part out.
Lois Lowry will be at the National Book Festival, Sept. 24, at the Washington Convention Center.
Painting a vibrant picture of Brooklyn in the tumultuous 1970s
JEFFREY BROWN: The Bushwick of the 1970s that Woodson describes had more than its share of problems and dangers, especially for young girls. Drugs were everywhere. White flight was well
under way. But she also recalls a vibrant place, with young people, like her characters, who aspired to and achieved great things.
JACQUELINE WOODSON: It was very much alive, and I wanted to capture that, especially given how people think of Bushwick as this place that’s newly discovered. And every time I hear that,
I’m just like, no, there were people here before then.
JEFFREY BROWN: Do you fear that that history has been lost? Is that part of what is going on here?
JACQUELINE WOODSON: Yes, I think it can get lost. But I think writers are the history keepers, right? We’re the ones who are bearing witness to what’s going on in the world. And I feel like
it’s our job to put that down on paper, and put it out into the world, so that it can be remembered.
10 questions for author Jacqueline Woodson
Why stop at the Decatur Book Festival?
It’s part of my book tour. The South tends to get ignored sometimes, but Another Brooklyn does start in Tennessee.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on an essay about when I was in Israel/Palestine a couple months ago. It’s for an anthology coming out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Michael
Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are editing it. I’m still figuring out the topic of my essay.
Brooklyn Book Festival to present ‘Best of Brooklyn’ Award to Jacqueline Woodson
The festival, which is New York City’s largest free public literary event, each year pays tribute to an author whose work exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of the festival’s hometown,
Brooklyn. In addition to honoring Woodson, the festival is recognizing three more of Brooklyn’s own-Andrea Davis Pinkney, Ben Katchor and Bernice McFadden – with collectible bookmarks that
will be available in library branches and select bookstores.
Pratt Presents Acclaimed Artist and Alumnus Kadir Nelson in Conversation on September 17
Pratt Presents, the Institute’s signature series of public programs, will present a Creative Conversation featuring award-winning American author, artist, and Pratt alumnus Kadir Nelson
(B.F.A. Communications Design ’96) on Saturday, September 17, on the Brooklyn campus.
The artist and author will talk about his creative inspirations, work, and latest projects with Anita
Cooney, dean of Pratt’s School of Design, followed by a book signing. This special event is free and open to the public, and will be a highlight of Pratt’s Alumni Day and Reunion 2016.
Heartland Film Honors “The Great Gilly Hopkins” with Truly Moving Picture Award
The family drama “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” directed by Stephen Herek and based on the award-winning young-adult novel by Katherine Paterson (“Bridge to Terabithia”), has been honored with
the Truly Moving Picture Award from the nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. Select films – entertaining movies that do more than just entertain – receive the designation throughout
“As an author, one of my primary motivations is to truly move the reader, and to have people really connect on an emotional level with my books,” said Paterson. “For our film
adaptation of ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’ to have received the Truly Moving Picture Award says to me that we have successfully translated that same level of emotional connection to the big
screen. We are truly honored.”
ISEM under the sea – The 2016 Common Read explores consciousness through the eyes of marine invertebrates
When Carol Spurling, the co-owner of BookPeople of Moscow, suggested Montgomery’s latest book to the University of Idaho Common Read Committee, the committee composed of students, faculty
and community members decided to name it the 2016 Common Read.
While integrating a pre-determined book into a class that may be unrelated to the Common Read selection is a challenge, Bird
said he has found that it allows instructors to be creative and make connections in new places. “For example, Bill Loftus is teaching ISEM about climate change,” Bird said. “He’s going to
talk about how the changes in ocean temperatures are affecting marine life.”
Another professor, Tom Drake, intends to connect the emotional sensitivity of octopuses with his ISEM course,
Love and Happiness. “Tom and Sy have this great dialogue about happiness and how do octopuses fall in love and how would you know if an octopus is happy,” Bird said. “How does an octopus,
through her tentacles, tell whether the human she’s relating to is scared or content or accepting? So every instructor has a different approach.”
Have We Got a Story For You! [AD WALL]
A lot is happening in children’s writing in India. While old guards continue their good work, a look at a handful of authors writing for different age brackets, who are consistently coming
up with discerning, and different, work. When she finally began to write, Perkins found herself invariably writing about children caught between cultures.
Her characters are almost always
south Asian (Indian, Bangladeshi, Burmese, to cite a few) and Perkins weaves in contemporary socio-political references to her narratives to set the choices and outcomes of her characters
What helped her along was an authorial epiphany – the realisation that “writing for children is not really that different than writing for adults. The entire process of writing
is challenging. You have to be willing to take risks, face rejection, and master revision (be willing to change every word) – I call them the three ‘Rs’ of becoming a published author.” The
realisation freed her from her addressing a set target audience. “I write for children. But mostly, I write stories for myself,” she says.
World Beyond War 2016 conference
The World Beyond War 2016 conference, sponsored in part through the Jane Addams Peace Association’s Disarmament Fund, is planning a big event in Washington, D.C., in September 2016, just after the International Day of Peace, including a conference on Friday September 23 through Sunday September 25. They are also working with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) which is planning a nonviolent activism training and planning session on the 25th and a nonviolent action in D.C. on Monday morning September 26th, with support from Campaign Nonviolence.
Speakers will include: Dennis Kucinich, Kathy Kelly, Miriam Pemberton, David Vine, Kozue Akibayashi, Harvey Wasserman, Jeff Bachman, Peter Kuznick, Medea Benjamin, Maurice Carney, David Swanson, Leah Bolger, David Hartsough, Pat Elder, John Dear, Mel Duncan, Kimberley Phillips, Ira Helfand, Darakshan Raja, Bill Fletcher Jr., Lindsey German, Maria Santelli, Mark Engler, Maja Groff, Robert Fantina, Barbara Wien, Jodie Evans, Odile Hugonot Haber, Gar Alperovitz, Sam Husseini, Christopher Simpson, Brenna Gautam, Patrick Hiller, Mubarak Awad, Michelle Kwak, John Washburn, Bruce Gagnon, David Cortright, Michael McPhearson, Sharon Tennison, Gareth Porter, John Reuwer, Pat Alviso, Larry Wilkerson, Thomas Drake, Larry Johnson, John Kiriakou, Craig Murray, Raed Jarrar, Alli McCracken, Lilly Daigle, and Alice Slater.
Speakers’ bios and photos: worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016speakers
World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.
Join us to learn about and engage in working on viable alternatives to war and militarism.
The next application deadline for the JAPA Disarmament Fund is September 30, 2016.
2016 Ceremony Invitation
Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentations and responses by authors and illustrators.
Come meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees.
Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards.
All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all.
Reservations are not needed. Please come and enjoy!
Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.
A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.