The University of Arizona POETRY CENTER LECTURE:
Finding the POETRY in HISTORY
GUEST POET: Margarita Engle
THURSDAY April 24, 2014 7–8:30 p.m.
UA POETRY CENTER
HELEN S. SCHAEFER BUILDING
1508 E. HELEN ST. (AT VINE)
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Margarita Engle, Cuban-American poet and writer of books for young adults, will take us through a selection of her work, discussing her writing process, the origins of her writing style, her affinity for verse novels, and the advantages of the form and experimentation. During her time Engle will emphasize her newest book, Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (Harcourt, 2014). She is the author of The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom (Square Fish, 2010), which received the first Newbery Honor ever awarded to a Latino.
INFORMATION: http://poetry.arizona.edu or margaritaengle.com
Saturday May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
A Celebration with Author/Illustrator Chris Gall
Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1420 E. Second Street
**Free Parking at 2nd St. Garage**
Dog vs. Cat:
“Dog and Cat do not get along. But when they’re forced to share a room, they agree to be on their best behavior…until Dog won’t stop sniffing. Cat won’t stop primping. Dog won’t stop howling. Cat won’t stop scratching. And when it comes to the litter-box…sharing is not an option!”
Chris will introduce his new book and share how he wrote and illustrated this book. He will also demonstrate his use of scratchboard for other illustrations and participants will make their own scratchboard illustrations.
Refreshments will be provided. UA Bookstores will sell copies of Chris’s work, including a special early release of Dogs vs. Cats just for WOW Book Fiesta.
The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles. You can access the report at http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro14.asp. Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?_r=0 and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/ .
Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,
• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators
If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.
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