Register Now for BookFest @ Bank Street
Saturday, October 24, 9AM-4PM
9:00am - Arrive, register, and drink coffee
9:30 - Welcome
9:35 - 10:15am - "Teachers as Writers": Adam Gidwitz, Bank Street GS '08, A Tale Dark and Grimm, Elizabeth Bluemle, Bank Street GS '98, Tap! Tap! Boom! Boom!, and Cynthia Weill, Columbia Teachers College, Bank Street Writers Lab, Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family.
Moderator: Leonard S. Marcus, children's literature scholar and Honorary Degree holder from Bank Street College of Education
10:15 - 11:00am - "Artists and Mentors: Bookmaking 101": Christopher Myers (Jake Makes the World; My Pen), Shadra Strickland (Bird; Please, Louise), Raúl Colón (Draw!), and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams; Bake Sale).
Moderator: Joe Rogers, Jr., Founder & Facilitator of Total Equity Now
11:00 - 11:15am - Break
11:15 - 12:15pm - "Young Women in the (Plot) Driver's Seat": Laura Amy Schlitz (The Hired Girl), Jeanne Birdsall (The Penderwicks in Spring), Kat Yeh (The Truth about Twinkie Pie), and Liz Kessler (Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost)
Moderator: Monica Edinger, The Dalton School
12:15 - 1:15pm - Book Discussions (DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS AND BOOK LIST)
1:15 - 2:00pm - Lunch and Book Autographing
2:05 - 3:00pm - Tim Wynne-Jones (The Emperor of Anyplace), Beth Kephart (One
Thing Stolen), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper)
Moderator: Vicky Smith, reviews editor, Kirkus Reviews
3:00 - 3:30pm - Closing keynote: Rita Williams-Garcia (Gone Crazy in Alabama)
3:30 - 4:00pm - Autographing in the lobby - books for sale from the Bank Street Book Store team
About BookFest @ Bank Street
BookFest is an event devoted to the celebration, discovery, and discussion of books for children and teens. This event, designed for adults, features luminaries from the children's literature community. Authors, illustrators, editors, reviewers, and scholars will take part in panel discussions and breakout sessions.
BookFest was founded in 1971, by Frances Henne, a faculty member of the School of Library Service at Columbia University. The event was originally known as Let's Talk About Books for Children and Youth Day, or Velma Varner Day, in honor of Henne's close friend and colleague, Velma Varner, editor of Viking Press. The event has been hosted by Columbia University, Teachers College, and the New York Public Library. Bank Street College of Education has been a proud producer of this wonderful event since 2010.