Sponsored by the Library Associates of the Claire T. Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth and the Buzzards Bay Writing Project, the event begins at 11 AM with a sumptuous buffet followed by the inspirational words of children's authors Joy Berry, Elizabeth Dunn, Deborah Kovacs, and Myra Lopes, as well as a visual presentation of the works of Stephanie Duckworth.
"This particular group of authors is top notch in their field," said Chancellor - Professor Emeritus of Languages Mel Yoken, who as the Program Chair is thrilled to be hosting this exciting celebration of literature.
Each writer will offer a unique perspective on children and writing.
Joy Berry, a best-selling author, a pioneering educator, and a child development specialist, has written over 250 books, with over 80 million copies in circulation. Berry believes that children need to learn life skills which traditional education does not provide and has worked tirelessly to ensure that children "make as many choices as possible as early in their lives as possible."
Elizabeth Dunn, an English teacher at B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, is among the 150 Freedom Writers teachers who contributed to the just-released book, Teaching Hope. She will talk about the journey these teachers have embarked upon and the inspiration experienced when one takes risks in order to make a difference in the lives of students.
Deborah Kovacs, the Editorial Director of the film studio Walden Media, is responsible for the acquisition and publishing of books targeted to middle-grade readers. She has written numerous children's books, several in conjunction with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She believes that we all share the responsibility in developing the minds of children and promoting a love of reading.
Local author, retired teacher and historian Myra Lopes was inspired to write her newest book, Around the Kitchen Table, after the September 11 terrorist attack on America. The story is based on actual conversations between her grandchildren and the adults in their lives regarding the tragedy, with other possible questions and answers that may help youngsters cope.
Also presented will be a video about the work of Stephanie Duckworth, a Native American educator who grew up on Martha's Vineyard and wrote the children's book Poneasequa: The Goddess of the Water.
After each author speaks, all will be available for a question and answer session, followed by a book signing. In addition, published authors from the Buzzards Bay Writing Project will be signing copies of their books: Reade Whinnem, author of Pricker Boy and Utten and Plummley, Jane Bregoli, author of The Goat Lady, and Jeanne Prevost, author of It's Raining Cats and Cats and Quequechan: Forgotten River.
Tickets may be purchased for $25, which includes a copious brunch catered by the Wamsutta Club, and an unparalleled line-up of outstanding contemporary children's authors.
For advance ticket purchase, checks payable to the Claire T. Carney Library Associates can be sent to Mrs. Rita Raymond, 1032 Sterling Street, New Bedford, MA 02745.
For additional information please contact Damaris Berner at 508 999-8671 firstname.lastname@example.org Professor Yoken at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
All proceeds benefit the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library.