November 15, 2005
Contact Allison Gillis
South Hadley, MA--The National Children's Books and Literacy Alliance (NCBLA) will host a paneled conversation, "In Celebration of Books, Writing, Art, and the First Amendment," December 10, from 2 to 4 pm in Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College.
The panel will include such award-winning children's authors and illustrators as Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting; Susan Cooper, The Dark Is Rising; Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah Plain and Tall; Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terebithi; and special guest, two-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner.
Writing, illustration, children's literature, the arts, reading rights, and citizen activism are a few of the topics the panel will discuss. NCBLA president and children's book author and illustrator Mary Brigid Barrett will moderate.
Following the conversation, the NCBLA will host a reception, offering guests the chance to meet the authors and illustrators in an informal setting and have books autographed. General admission to the event "In Celebration of Books, Writing, Art, and the First Amendment" is $25. Student tickets are $10. Admission to both the main event and the reception with the authors is $100. To reserve a space or for more information, please visit the NCBLA's Web site at http://www.thencbla.org.
The NCBLA Board authors and illustrators have given similar presentations at the Boston Public Library and the Library of Congress. The event will be cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke College English department.
NCBLA is a not-for-profit literacy organization created in 1997 by and for children's book authors and illustrators. The organization's main goal is to make issues related to young people's literacy, literature, and libraries an ongoing priority on our national agenda.