BookFest @ Bank Street

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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, Opuestos/Opposites.
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: Book...Making...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 - "Pushing Narrative Boundaries in Teen Literature": 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

Ticket price: $75

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.