NESCBWI: 3 December 2011 Children’s Book Event at MIT

From: New England SCBWI

SCBWI member and President of The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, Mary Brigid Barrett, reports:

Please mark your calendars now for our upcoming event designed for everyone who loves literature for young people (and the authors and illustrators who create it!) titled “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books,” to be held Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 PM in the Kresge Auditorium (48 Massachusetts Avenue) at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This special presentation is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library and The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.

This lively and informative event will feature a panel of our nation’s most gifted storytellers and illustrators. A discussion of the rollicking episodic story game The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (Candlewick Press) will quickly evolve into a fascinating conversation about creative writing, narrative illustration, and the creative process! Who knows, we may even explore Andre Breton and the wild and crazy Surrealists who inspired our exquisite game!

The program will feature renowned authors and illustrators for young people Katherine Paterson (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature), M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and James Ransome in a roundtable discussion moderated by Mary Brigid Barrett, Executive Director of The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.

The program is FREE and open to the public. The suggested audience includes young people (ages 10 and above) and adults who love children’s books. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new paperback for a child or teen to donate as a holiday gift to children and young adults in family shelters in Cambridge.

Books will be sold by Porter Square Books before and after the presentation. Autographing will follow the presentation.

Wine and Cheese Reception with the Authors and Special Guests!
Following the presentation, the NCBLA is hosting a ticketed, adults-only Wine and Cheese Reception with the authors and special guests! This is your opportunity to meet each of the participating authors and illustrators in an intimate setting—share a glass of wine with Katherine Paterson! Take your picture with Steven Kellogg! Ask each of our authors the questions you’ve always wondered about. Our entire “Exquisite Conversation” panel will be there to meet you: M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Mary Brigid Barrett, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and James Ransome!

Also at the reception you won’t want to miss the Silent Auction, featuring an exciting and diverse collection of themed book baskets, manuscript critiques by editors at Candlewick Press and Houghton Mifflin, and a picture book critique by a senior partner at the esteemed literary agency Curtis Brown Ltd. The auction will also include an illustration by David Macaulay, a pastel painting by Katherine Paterson, and much MORE!

The Wine and Cheese Reception and Silent Auction will take place in Room 307 of the Stratton Center from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

Limited tickets are available! Click here to buy your tickets today.

For complete information about the program and reception, including ticket purchases, please visit For directions, please visit

A flyer for this event is attached. Please feel free to print and distribute to all the children’s literature lovers you know!

To learn more about The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, click here.

Thanks! I look forward to seeing you there!


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