Thursday, October 22, 2009

Seattle Bookfest: Sunday schedule

And here's the schedule of Sunday's events on the Secret Garden Books children's stage.

PANEL: Beyond Twilight [Sun 10:00am] Colleen Conway, Peggy Lindgrin, Deanna Meyerhoff, Chris Sutterland

Have you devoured all the Twilight books and now want a new series or author to call your new favorite? Are you not finished with Vampires and other Paranormals and their adventures and romances, and want to know what your other options are? This is your chance to look to the experts! Have no doubt, book publishers have been paying attention to the phenomenon that was and is Twilight, and they're rolling out fare for Bella and Edward's fervent fans to flock to next! Find out what else is out there for you! Join publishers' representatives from Penguin, Random House, Scholastic and MacMillan, as they introduce their newly released and near future choices for your consideration. Twilight fans will not be disappointed! Galley giveaways! FOR AGES 12+

Diverse Families, Diverse Books [Sun 11:00am] Sundee T. Frazier, Samantha R. Vamos

Join Sundee T. Frazier, award-winning author of Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It (2008 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and a 2009 Sasquatch Award nominee), and Samantha R. Vamos, an exciting new author of bilingual children's books Before You Were Here, Mi Amor, as they talk about growing up multicultural and biracial, read from their works, and offer their recommendations for other books featuring interracial and multicultural families. Frazier's novel tells the story of a biracial boy who builds a secret friendship with his white grandpa in search of the truth about why they've never met. Vamos' picture book interweaves Spanish and English text into a seamless, lyrical description of the things that one extended family does to welcome a new child into the world. A presentation for all families! FOR ADULTS

Halloween is Coming [Sun Noon] Rebecca Dickinson, Deb Lund, Kathryn O. Galbraith

Story time with picture book author/illustrators reading their new Halloween-themed books. Your first chance to show off your new Halloween costume!!!! Come to the emcee'd costume parade with prizes! FOR AGES 2-10

The Amethyst Road [Sun 1:00pm] Louise Spiegler

The Amethyst Road is a fantasy set in an alternative Pacific Northwest, in which a mixed-race girl must fight hardship and racial hatred to find and reunite her scattered family. The book was a Junior Library Book Club selection, and a finalist for the Andre Norton Award (Hugo-Nebula award scheme). Booklist says of The Amethyst Road, "This work is not only unique in its smooth and imaginative integration of genres; it offers an original blend of societal grit and compelling fantasy-based spirituality. A terrific read for teens." FOR AGES 12+

Monkey World [Sun 1:30pm] Matthew Porter

Come hear a bit about how local children's book illustrator and writer Matthew Porter got started and some poems from his most recent children's book, Monkey World: An A - Z of Occupations. Written in the style of classic nonsense verse, each poem tells the story of a delightful monkey and his occupation. FOR AGES 0-8 (and arty hipster adults)

PANEL: The Writer's Childhood [Sun 2:00pm] Bonny Becker, Kathryn O. Galbraith, Dave Patenaude, Joni Sensel

Are you destined to be a writer? Is your child? Is your writing career doomed because you come from a happy family? Just want to hear funny stories? Children's authors Bonny Becker, Kathryn Galbraith, David Patneaude and Joni Sensel discuss the writer's childhood using examples from their own checkered pasts. FOR AGES 4-ADULT

MAD LIBS PARTY [Sun 3:00pm] Master of Ceremonies: Kim Baker

Penguin celebrated the 50th birthday of Mad Libs last year...come join us as we play a few rounds, and see why the best party game has been giddily around for so long! Kim Baker is the perfect ringmaster for our fun, as she brings out the funny in kids and herself. FOR AGES 6-12

Don't Lick the Dog [Sun 3:30pm] Wendy Wahman

Meeting a new dog is exciting, but it can also be scary. This humorous how-to manual shows kids the best ways to interact with unfamiliar dogs, providing helpful tips about all sorts of dog behavior. Children often don't understand what dogs' actions mean and can misinterpret a threatening signal for a friendly one and vice versa. Kids and parents will return to Wendy Wahman's playful illustrations again and again for useful reminders: Slow Down. Stay very still. And remember, don't lick the dog! FOR AGES 4-8

PANEL: Beyond Forks: Teen and Tween Books Set in The Pacific NW [Sun 4:00pm] Heather Davis, Kevin Emerson, Liz Gallagher

Three local authors discuss how their Northwest surroundings held sway over their teen and middle-grade novels. From vampires who take over the city at night to a werewolf who thrives in the woods to a girl growing up near the Fremont Troll, meet characters inspired by our unique environment and get to know their stories and creators. FOR AGES 12-22

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