Thursday, July 30, 2009

Young Folk BookFest, August 8-9, 2009!

The first annual Young Folk BookFest, launched and hosted by Michigan State University Press, will be held Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, in conjunction with the 2009 East Lansing Great Lakes Folk Festival. Be sure to stop by!

The schedule is now available. Guest authors and illustrators scheduled for readings and discussions (in order of appearance) include: Gloria Whelan, Denise Brennan-Nelson, Rosemarie Brennan, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, Ruth McNally Barshaw, Renee Hand, Kirk Lignell, Jef Mallett, Doris Holik Kelly, Nancy Shaw, Charity Nebbe, Jeffrey Shatzer, Susan Collins Thoms, Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, Debbie Taylor, Jim Hines, David Coverly, and Jim Tobin. (That's a long list! I think I included them all, but I may have left one off...)

The MSU Literacy Achievement Research Center will be holding several sessions of interest to parents and educators: one on poetry; one on multicultural and African literature; and one on humor and graphic novels.

There will be many books from the MSU Press on display (and I was pleased to see my friend Ann Finkelstein's MSU Press book Science Is Golden on the Young Folk BookFest poster!). Also on hand will be books for sale by Barnes & Noble; Curious Book Shop, Archives Book Shop; Everybody Reads; and Riley Books. The East Lansing Public Library and the Library of Michigan will have informational displays.

According to the Young Folk BookFest press release, the BookFest's generous sponsors are Meijer, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, CATA, City of Lansing 4th Ward Council Member Tim Kaltenbach, Levine Law Group, Megawave Corporation, Michigan Flyer, MittenLit, MSU Office of the Provost, and Mark Shawl. Great gratitude goes out to all the sponsors and planners for launching the inaugural Young Folk BookFest!

Should be a great time! Be sure to come!

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