Children's Book Guild Speaker Series, 2019 - 2020


Speaker series events at Busboys and Poets, 450K St., NW, Washington, DC include prepaid lunch (except March 2020, see below).
Time: 11:30 a.m. Doors Open; 12-1 CBG Announcements & Lunch; 1-2 Program Presentation
$25 per person by check or cash, $26 on line via PayPal

Lunch Menu

Thursday, September 19, 2019: Philip and June Jo Lee founded Readers to Eaters to share an appreciation for food cultures through good stories and beautiful writing. Philip's vast experience in publishing and June Jo's background in food ethnography make them particularly suited to promoting food literacy using children's books. They are excited to be speaking to the Guild during the 10th anniversary of Readers to Eaters' founding and during Food Literacy Month!

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Simon Boughton will discuss his illustrious career in children’s books with details and publishing goals of his most recent venture as the Publishing Director of the new imprint of WW. Norton, Norton Young Readers.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 (2nd Thursday of November): Christine Platt is an author and social justice advocate who uses storytelling to promote social change. Her previous policy work as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University has informed her current work as a Culture, Equity & Inclusion Specialist and author of culturally-responsive literature. In Christine's newest series for young readers, main characters Ana and Andrew learn about African American history and culture.

December 2019 (no program)

Thursday, January 16, 2020: Ellen Oh is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer. She is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children’s literature. She is the author of “The Spirit Hunters,” series and “Island of the Monsters,” for middle grade and the YA fantasy trilogy “The Prophecy Series,” and editor of two WNDB anthologies for middle grade and YA.

Thursday, February 20, 2020:
Superhero! T'Challa's story is captivating and empowering for all of us, especially for young readers. Two of The Black Panther's biographers will join us to talk about superheroes, super powers, writing, and sharing books. Ronald Smith (Black Panther: The Young Prince, 2019) and Jesse Holland (Who is the Black Panther?: A Novel of the Marvel Universe, 2018) will give us a marvelous glimpse into the universe behind the comics.

Thursday, March 19, 2020:  POSTPONED
Annual Business Meeting and Guild member presentation with author Debbie Levy, a former lawyer, newspaper editor, and award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction for children. Two of her most recent books reveal unique personal stories about civil rights in This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality,” with Jo Ann Allen Boyce; and our most famous current Supreme Court Justice in I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark. Please note a change of meeting time and venue: this is a free, combined annual business meeting and monthly lecture at Cleveland Park LibraryBusiness Meeting (for Guild members only):  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Please bring a brown bag dinner; no food will be served. Public Program (open to all guests): 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Thursday, April 16, 2020:  POSTPONED
Ron Charles of The Washington Post's Book World will join us in a conversation about books and book publishing, reviewing, ebooks and ereaders, and the production of “The Totally Hip Book Review.”

Annual CBG Nonfiction Award Luncheon, honoring Catherine Reef POSTPONED until spring 2021
Through dozens of nonfiction books for young adults and middle school students, Ms. Reef has produced a body of distinguished and award-winning work, notable for impeccable research, insightful interpretations, and writing that keeps readers engaged.  Those who have purchased tickets for the luncheon will be contacted by email.

Thursday, June 18, 2020:  POSTPONED
Raúl The Third is an award-winning illustrator, author and artist whose work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He received the Pura Belpré  award for illustrating for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth¡Vamos! Let’s Go to The Market!  is his first authorial project, which he wrote and illustrated published by Versify, the Kwame Alexander imprint for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.





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