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Amanda Cockrell Conference Chair
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Children's Literature Association Conference 2011

Revolt, Rebellion, Protest:
Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature

June 23-25, 2011
Hollins University — Roanoke, Virginia

The Children's Literature Association Conference in 2011 will be hosted by Hollins University on its historic 475-acre campus in Roanoke, Virginia, with easy access to a regional airport, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and Roanoke’s historic downtown and City Market, offering shops, galleries and multi-ethnic restaurants. Founded in 1842, Hollins enrolls undergraduate women and students in seven coed graduate programs, including M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Children’s Literature. The library possesses many original papers and manuscripts of Margaret Wise Brown '32, possibly Hollins' most widely known and read alumna.

The conference theme will be "Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children’s Literature," reflecting the cultural changes that have swept over the world in repeating cycles since civilization began. We will look at the way and speed at which our world is changing, and has changed in the past, through the lens of children’s literature, considering how children’s literature institutes change, transgresses the norm, and protests (or attempts to protect) the status quo.

Julia Mickenberg and Philip Nel, co-editors of the anthology Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, will deliver the Francelia Butler Lecture.

2011 summer writer-in-residence Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, co-authors of The Fall of the Kings, will also give a joint keynote speech on fantasy, traditionally a genre of change and protest.

Keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet will be Virginia Euwer Wolff, winner of the 2011 Phoenix Award for her 1991 novel, The Mozart Season. Her 2001 novel, True Believer, won the National Book Award.

Thacher Hurd, author and illustrator, and son of illustrator Clement Hurd, will speak on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with an exhibit of children’s book illustration at the Wilson Museum.


Other Writers and Artists who will speak on their craft:

Maha Addasi
Tom Angleberger Marcie Flinchum Atkins
CeCe Bell Anne Chase Amanda Cockrell
Lisa Rowe Fraustino Heath Gibson Diane Dawson Hearn
Alexandria LaFaye Meg Medina Sonia Miller
Claudia Mills Becky Mushko Nancy Ruth Patterson
Valerie Patterson Candice Ransom Amie Rose Rotruck
Lynn Salsi Ruth Sanderson Wendy Shang
Rex Stephenson Charles Vess Ashley Wolff