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A Gathering of Voices

April 29, 2010 | Instituto Cervantes | NYC

With David Almond, Francisco X. Stork, Janne Teller, and Ed Young; moderated by Elizabeth Bird

Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes New York and PEN’s Children’s Book Committee

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A unique appearance by British author David Almond, winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen medal, the world’s most prestigious prize in children’s literature. He joins Francisco X. Stork, Janne Teller, and Ed Young to talk about their work and its sources. Each author is rooted in and has found inspiration from a specific culture—in England, Mexico, Denmark, and China. How do their roots influence how they speak to children? Which subjects seem right? How have influences from other cultures affected them, and in what ways do they approach universal themes—and taboos? This lively panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Bird, author and senior children’s librarian with New York Public Library’s Children’s Center at 42nd Street.

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