The 46th annual Fall Festival of Children's Books took place this past Friday at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Featuring speeches by the critically acclaimed Marla Frazee, E.B. Lewis and Katherine Paterson; the event proved to be truly inspirational. During the morning each of the speakers touched on a wide array of subjects. And, while they all shared stories of their individual paths towards becoming authors and illustrators, they also spoke of their personal creative processes, of the inspirational characters in their lives, and of their thoughts on the future of juvenile literature and education. Having never attended such a conference before, it was extremely interesting to hear how these distinctly different personalities held such similar opinions of their professional mandate. While they quoted Nitzsche, told anecdotes from their childhood, and shared stories of humanitarian heroes, they proved themselves to be worthy advocates of the transformative power that stories can have in the lives of children.
If you were unable to make it to the Fall Festival, you still have a chance to catch Katherine Paterson in action. This Sunday, October 24, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be kicking off their 10th annual family book series, Black, White & Read All Over. The event, which will last from 2-4:00 p.m. in the Main Lecture Hall, will feature a brief speech by Paterson, and will be followed by an autograph session in the Children's Area. The cost is $10 and the program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to follow the link above to get more information about registering for this event.