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Crafting a Career as a Children?s or Young Adult Author?Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

February 8, 2010 | Cervantes Institute | NYC

With Brian Floca, Richard Peck, Jane O’Connor, and Marilyn Singer; moderated by David Levithan

What was it like to begin a career as a children’s or young adult author 20 or 30 years ago, and what challenges do young authors and aspiring writers face today? A panel of distinguished authors will discuss issues of subject matter, book censorship, access to publishers, and book promotion. How did writers confront these issues in the past, and how do they deal with them in the current publishing climate? What will children’s publishing be like tomorrow? Join moderator David Levithan, best-selling young adult author and Vice President and Editorial Director of Trade Publishing at Scholastic; award-winning author-illustrator Brian Floca; Newbery Medalist Richard Peck; Jane O’Connor, best-selling author of the Fancy Nancy picture books and Editor-at-Large at Penguin Books for Young Readers; and award-winning author of poetry, novels, picture books, and non-fiction, Marilyn Singer.

There will be a booksigning after the panel.

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.