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Hollins University
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P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
Fax (540) 362-6288

Children's Literature Program Director
Amanda Cockrell
(540) 362-6575

Children's Literature

Summer 2012 Events

(open to the public)

  • Nancy Willard, writer-in-residence, talks about the craft of writing. She is the author of the Newbery Award-winning A Visit to William Blake’s Inn, as well as numerous other children’s books including Pish-Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Tale I Told Sasha, and The Magic Cornfield, as well as novels, essays, and poetry for adults. Her latest are The Left-Handed Story: Writing and The Writer’s Life and A Starlit Snowfall. She will be on campus through July 2.
    June 20, 7:30 p.m., VAC Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center

  • Virginia Euwer Wolff, winner of the 2011 Phoenix Award for her novel The Mozart Season, talks about her craft and her work. Her novel True Believer won the 2001 National Book Award and she is the author of numerous other works including Make Lemonade.
    June 27, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library

  • Candice Ransom M.A. '07, frequent summer faculty member, and author of more than 100 children’s books of her own, talks about her research on the life of Margaret Wise Brown, Hollins '32, author of Goodnight Moon.
    June 29, 7:30 p.m., VAC, Room 119

  • Candice Ransom (Hollins M.A. '07 and frequent summer faculty member), is the author of more than 100 children’s books. Tonight she talks about a career in writing – and the year it crashed and came back in a different skin.
    July 2, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library

  • Illustrator Chris Soentpiet is the winner of the NAACP Image Award for My Brother Martin (written by Christine King Farris) and has won numerous awards for his work in books by authors including summer faculty member Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s Something Beautiful.
    July 6, 7:30 p.m., VAC, Room 119

  • Craft talk by illustrator Chris Soentpiet.
    July 7, 2:00 p.m., VAC, Room 119

  • Student Reading. Students read from their creative work.
    July 11, 12:15 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library

  • Cheryl Klein, executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books and author of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults.
    July 13, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library

  • The Jack Tale Players present an evening of Appalachian folk tales onstage.
    July 16, 7:30 p.m., VAC Auditorium

  • Eighteenth Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children’s Literature. Keynote address by visiting scholar Jill P. May. She is the author of numerous works of scholarship in children’s literature, including Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents: Learning to Listen in New Ways and "James Barrie’s Pirates: Peter Pan’s Place in Pirate History and Lore" in James Barrie’s Peter Pan In and Out of Time. With her husband Robert E. May, she is the author of Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art. The Mays will be on campus during the following week.
    July 21, all day, VAC

  • Caldecott-winning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky speaks on his work and the craft of illustration. Besides his Caldecott-winning Rapunzel, his books include Knick-Knack Paddywhack!, Rumpelstiltskin, The Wheels on the Bus, E. Nesbit’s The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It, Anne Isaacs’s Swamp Angel and Dust Devil, and numerous others.
    July 23, 7:30 p.m., VAC Auditorium

  • Faculty Reading. Hear our faculty authors read from their own work.
    July 25, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library