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Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Building Character
Saturday, October 5, 2013
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
 
Special Early Bird Pricing!
Registration includes admittance to both events
Registration Type Cost
Regular Registration $149.00
Early Bird Registration (through September 20, 2013) $99.00
Student Registration (Limited student tickets available) $59.00


The difference between those sentences, E. M. Forster wrote, is plot, and what creates that distinction is character. Whether a book’s characters are real (like Robert Byrd’s Ben Franklin), imagined (like Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park) or something-in-between (like Jonathan Bean’s fictional re-creation of his family’s house-building) they are born of the imagination and made of words and pictures.

Join us as this year’s winning authors and illustrators plus children’s librarians and book experts explore how characters are built in the world of literature for young people using the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards as a foundation.

PROGRAM
Schedule of Events
8:30 am Registration and Welcome
Roger Sutton
, editor in chief, The Horn Book
9:00 am Keynote Session I: Building Character in the Novel
Rainbow Rowell, author, Eleanor & Park, fiction winner
10:00 am Dialogue I: Editing Fictional Characters
Sara Goodman
, editor, Eleanor & Park; St. Martin’s Griffin
Arthur Levine
, editor, A Corner of White; Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic
Pamela Yosca
, 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judge
10:30 am Keynote Session II: Characters, Imagining the Real
Robert Byrd, author and illustrator, Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin
Franklin, nonfiction winner
11:30 am Dialogue II: Building from Facts
Christy Hale, author and illustrator, Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, nonfiction honor book
Karen Kosko, 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judge
12:00 pm Lunch, Book-Signing, Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions
1. Quite the Picture Book Characters with Megan Lambert, lecturer, children’s literature,
Simmons College

2. The Character of Award Committees with Cathryn Mercier, director, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College

3. Reviewing (by some real characters) at The Horn Book with Roger Sutton, editor in chief,
The Horn Book

4. 140 Characters or less: Children’s Books and Social Media with Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz, online content editors, The Horn Book

1:30 pm Keynote Session III: Picturing Characters

Jonathan Bean, author and illustrator, Building Our House, picture book winner
2:30 pm Dialogue III: Shaping Characters in Art and Text
Jesse Klausmeier, author, Open This Little Book, picture book honor book
Sarah Ellis, 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judge
3:00 pm Closing Remarks
Cathryn Mercier, director, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Simmons College
3:30 pm Reception and Book–signing
   
   

 

FEATURING:
Rainbow Rowell
Author, Eleanor & Park – Fiction Winner

Jonathan Bean
Author and illustrator, Building Our House – Picture Book Winner

Robert Byrd
Author and illustrator, Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin – Nonfiction winner

Christy Hale
Author and illustrator, Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building – Nonfiction Honor

Jesse Klausmeier
Author, Open This Little Book – Picture Book Honor

2013 JUDGES:
Chair, Sarah Ellis, Horn Book reviewer, author and teacher at The Vermont College of Fine Arts
Pamela Yosca, upper school librarian at Solomon Schecter Day School of Greater Boston
Karen Kosko, retired school librarian
Click here to see the full list of 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards winners and honor books and be sure to watch the exciting announcement of this year’s winners!
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