Event: Multiculturalism in Literature for Youth
I owe my allegiance to several masters. One of them is PEN. New Yorkers with an interest in children’s literature, be aware of the following!
February 10: Crossing Cultures, Changing Skins: Writing Across Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Culture
When: Tuesday, February 10
Where: Instituto Cervantes: 211-215 East 49th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.), NYC
What time: 7 p.m.
With: Helen Benedict, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Fatima Shaik, Cheryl Willis Hudson
This event is free and open to the public.
A PEN Children’s Book/Young Adult Book Event
Multiculturalism has become a buzzword in children’s book publishing. And who would possibly argue against offering readers books that reflect the richness and variety of our world? But this shift in perspective also raises new questions for the writers, illustrators, and editors endeavoring to create new picture books, novels, and nonfiction. This panel will consider how they should approach this task honestly. What pleasures and pitfalls do they face—both from within, as they write or draw, and from without, as readers and reviewers react to their work?
Novelist, journalist, and Columbia professor Helen Benedict will discuss these issues with Sharon Dennis Wyeth, author of picture books, novels, and historical fiction; Fatima Shaik, educator and author; and Cheryl Willis Hudson, the publisher of the independent African-American publishing house Just Us Books.
Take the E/V to Lexington Avenue/53rd Street, or the 6 to 51st Street
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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