Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Children's Book (and related) Events, Exhibits & Contests


May 28 Sat. 1pm  BOOKS OF WONDER presents FRANK DORMER and DAVID GORDON (A Fire Truck Named Red), JULIA SARCONE-ROACH (Excellent Ed), SERGIO RUZZIER  (This is Not a Picture Book!) and BARBARA MCCLINTOCK (Emma and Julia Love Ballet). INFO: 212.989.3270,  LOCATION:  Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, NYC

Jun. 4 Sat. 11am  GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE presents CHRISTOPHER SILAS NEAL with his new book Everyone. In addition to reading and autographing his book, Chris will give a drawing demonstrations and present a craft project for kids based on the book. INFO: 718.246.0200, LOCATION: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland), Brooklyn    

Jun. 5  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes B.B. MANDELL author of Samanthasaurus. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jun. 10-12  21ST CENTURY CHILDREN'S NONFICTION CONFERENCE. Faculty includes CHRIS EBOCH, CANDACE FLEMING, MICHAEL HEARST, ROXIE MUNRO, SARAH TOWLE and many more authors, illustrators, librarians, agents and teachers. INFO:  LOCATION: Iona College, New Rochelle NY

Jun. 10-13  HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION presents PB&J: PICTURE BOOKS AND AL THAT JAZZ 2016. Led by qward-winning picture book authors DARCY PATTISON, LESLIE HELAKOSKI and KELLY BENNETTINFO: 877.288.3410,  LOCATION: Highlights Foundation, Honesdale PA

Jun. 11 Sat.  11am-6pm  AMPLIT FEST with NINA CREWS in the Story Circle. Co-produced by Lamprophonic and Summer on the Hudson, this daylong festival brings authors of all backgrounds, styles, and levels of recognition to center stage with readings, workshops, panels, and a community market. AmpLit Fest makes writing a public celebration. FREE. INFO: LOCATION: AmpList Fest, West 70th Street Pier, Riverside Park South

Jun. 11 Sat.7pm BOOKCOURT presents EDWARD HEMINGWAY, the author and illustrator of Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus. INFO: 718.875.3677, LOCATION: BookCourt, 13 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 

Jun. 12  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH presents CARON LEVIS author of Ida, Always. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn  

Jun. 13  Mon.  9am-12pm  WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: Writing Symposium with KWAME ALEXANDE(winner of the Newbery Medal), JACQUELINE WOODSON (winner of the National Book Award); JASON LOW (Publisher at Lee & Low Books), JENNIFER BROWN (Publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint); and CASSANDRA PELHAM (Senior Editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint).
     WNDB, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, will hold a Master Class on writing and publishing for children and young adults, covering a range of topics from writing children’s books to the role of literary agents and to pursuing a career in publishing. APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 31, 2016.
INFO:  LOCATION: Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 

Jun. 26  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH presents JULIA SARCONE-ROACH author of Excellent Ed. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jul. 10  Sun. 11:30am  POWERHOUSE ON 8TH welcomes AKIKO YABUK author of Ishi: Simple Tips from a Solid Friend. INFO: 718.801.8375, LOCATION: PowerHouse on 8th, 1111 8th Ave., Brooklyn

Jul. 15-17  THE GATHERING at KEYSTONE COLLEGE presents INNOVATION: Radical Dreams for the Real World, an annual three-day symposium featuring performances, lectures, discussions, and workshops.  Featured authors and illustrators include PAMELA MUNOZ RYAN and GAIL CARSON LEVINE. INFO: 570.945.8510, LOCATION: Keystone College, One College Green, La Plume, PA 18440

Jul. 16  Sat.  HARLEM BOOK FAIR 2016.  INFO: 212.491.2200,  

Jul. 18-22  MAZZA MUSEUM'S SUMMER CONFERENCE featuring illustrators STEVE LIGHT, JASON CHIN, RANDALL DE SEVE, MARIE-LOUISE GAY, DANIEL SALMIERI, JIM AVERBECK, ROSEMARY WELLS and others.  INFO: 419.434.4560, LOCATION: Mazza Museum, 201 College Street, Findlay, OH 45840

Jul. 29-Aug. 1  SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE. The Annual Summer Conference spans three days with an optional intensive day on Monday. Registration for the 2016 conference will begin in mid-April, 2016. Many of the biggest authors and illustrators in children’s books will be joining a bevy of agents, art directors and editors. INFO:  LOCATION:  Los Angeles, CA

EXHIBITS (In order of closing Date)

Apr. 21 - Jun. 5  BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY presents THE TURN OF THE PAGE. Children's book author and illustrator PAT CUMMINGS features some of her original artwok along with work by former students and illustrators she has mentored: LISA ANCHIN (A Penguin Named Patience)YOU BYUN (Dream Friends)ARAM KIM (Cat on the Bus)KAE NISHIMURA (A Baby Born in Spring)DAVID EZRA STEIN (Dinosaur Kisses), SHADRA STRICKLAND (Sunday Shopping),  EVAN TURK (The Storyteller)and ANNIE WON (The Whispering Rabbit)LOCATION: Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY

CONTESTS (In order of deadline)

ONGOING:  AMTRAK RESIDENCY FOR WRITERS.  #AmtrakResidency will allow for up to 24 writers to takelong-distance trains to work on their projects. Each writer's round-trip journey will include accommodations on board a sleeper car equipped with a bed, a desk and outlets. We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure! Want to learn more and apply? Head over to the official entry form and good luck!  INFO: 

Apr. 26 - Jun. 21, 2016 WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS™ and PENGUIN YOUNG READERS announce a debut children's fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.  Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white). applicants must be US residents,18 years or older and unpublished prior to entering the contest. INFO: ENTRY:    

Jun. 1-Oct. 31, 2016  NEW VISIONS AWARD from LEE & LOW BOOKS.  TU BOOKS, the middle grade and young adult imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the fourth New Visions Award. The award will be given for a middle grade or young adult novel by a writer of color. Established in 2012, the NEW VISIONS AWARD encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent.  ENTRY, RULES, INFO:

Nov. 1, 2016  WNDB WALTER DEAN MYERS AWARD FOR YA 2017. Named after celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), the 2017 Walter Award will be given in the young adult category. Future Walter Awards will expand to include awards for picture books and middle grade literature. The judging committee consists of esteemed librarians, educators, and authors. The winner will be announced in January 2017.  The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016. ENTRY RULES/INFO:   


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