Over 100 Writers Call on PEN American Center to Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship
In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. PEN lists the Israeli Embassy as among the “Champions” of the Festival, and as a sponsor of one of the Festival’s panels.
Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation Present ‘A Word With Writers’, 5/26
Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are collaborating on their fourth installment of their fundraiser literary series, A Word With Writers, May 26, hosting Sherman Alexie on tour for his new children’s picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. (Little, Brown & Co.).
With illustrations from Caldecott Award-winning illustrator, Yuyi Morales, Thunder Boy Jr. is the story of a young boy who must find his own identity despite being named after his father. Morales’ vivid images bring to life Alexie’s endearing prose for a perfect Father’s Day gift for literary fans.
Author Naomi Shihab Nye to Visit Guilford College April 13-14
Renowned poet, novelist and internationally-recognized writing workshop leader Naomi Shihab Nye will come to campus for a two-day visit beginning on Wednesday, April 13, as the inaugural Sherwood Anderson Distinguished Visiting Writer at Guilford College.
During her visit, the award-winning writer, anthologist, activist and educator, known for her inspiring presentations and her commitment to “the literature of encouragement,” will be visiting classes and leading writing workshops.
Award winning storyteller Tim Tingle wins 2016 Colleen Salley Storytelling Award
On April 6, 2016, storyteller Tim Tingle received the Coleen Salley Storytelling Award as part of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The award honors “a storyteller whose mission reflects the ideals and dedication to the field that Ms. Salley personified,” according to the University website.
Octopus Brains Are So Much Cooler Than You Think
“Their brain is so unlike ours, it’s almost difficult to describe it as a brain,” explains Sy Montgomery, a naturalist and author whose most recent book, The Soul of an Octopus, is a fascinating dive into cephalopod psychology.
Montgomery was interviewed by Inquiring Minds co-host Indre Viskontas; you can listen to the entire conversation below
We Came to America by Faith Ringgold | SLJ Review
As Americans wrestle with the moral and legal aspects of immigration, Ringgold offers a reminder of the country’s multifaceted lineage—and of the beauty to be discovered at cultural crossroads.
Mitali Perkins to Sign Books at San Francisco Opening of Rickshaw Girl on 4/16
Award-winning Bay Area author Mitali Perkins will sign books at the San Francisco opening of Rickshaw Girl, presented by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT), Saturday, April 16, at the Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Rickshaw Girl, based on Perkins’s book by the same name, plays weekends, April 16 – May 1.
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