Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Weekly Scratch: Read a book, Famous, Opportunity, For Fun

Hi folks, SCBWI Brazos Valley’s Young Poets on the Brazos annual reading is TONIGHT. On April 26, 2011 the SCBWI Brazos Valley will have their annual Young Poets on the Brazos reading of winning poems from 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in local schools. The event will start at 7 p. m. at the College Station Community Center on George Bush Drive. Extra copies of the yearly anthology will be on sale at the Arts Council after the event. Please join at our only community outreach program and help welcome the young writers and their families! Enjoy refreshments!

TOMORROW is our monthly Schmooze. Locally, the SCBWI Brazos Valley Schmooze is  at 10 a.m.  in the "Science" corner at the Barnes & Noble in College Station on April 27, 2011, “Do I Have A Plot?” with Debra Booth. 

Save the Date. Our Fall SCBWI Saturday will be on August 27, 2011 at the same location, the Arts Council building at 2275 Dartmouth in College Station. Details will be coming soon.

Save our conference date: November 12, 2011.

SCBWI Brazos Valley’s Children's Literature Book Club selected the reading list for the remaining meetings in 2011. All of the meetings are scheduled to be at the Arts Council (SCBWI BV is an affiliate member) building. Join in the discussion on the last Thursdays at 4:30-6 p.m. in the Arts Council, 2275 Dartmouth in College Station. The September book includes the next book in the series and, if you have time, the last book. The CLBC list of books read is in the Yahoo database. Upcoming meetings and books are listed in the Yahoo calendar. To get to the archives and current news with reading updates join the Yahoo group. Subscribe here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChildLitbookclub/

CLBC Reading List:
April 28: A SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET by Madeleine L'Engle
May 26: EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS by Deborah Wiles
September 29: A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO series (including A YEAR DOWN YONDER; A SEASON OF GIFTS) by Richard Peck
October 27: THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare

Also consider checking out some of  BOOKS at BEA (Bookexpo America) this year, PW reports.

FAMOUS  (or soon to be)

Local author, Linnea Heaney, has her first publication in children’s writing at Hunger Mountain, the VCFA journal of the arts. This is a high literary online journal with one print issue compiled each year. Link to the publication and her blog here: http://www.hungermtn.org/a-real-best-friend/

Check out this. Kathi Appelt and other interviews are at this link: http://www.ourvoicesourselves.com/

Our speaker, Bethany Hegedus, author of Truth With a Capital T and Hunger Mountain editor, blogged about our Spring SCBWI Saturday and included photos of us at http://bethanyhegedus.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-foolss-friday-week-in-review.html?spref=fb


More about Hunger Mountain: Hunger Mountain’s Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing is coming up soon with the deadline of June 30, 2011. It has an annual prize in writing for children of $1,000 for the first place winner and publication. Three runners-up receive $100 each.  Winners are chosen with one runner-up from the YA (young adult) entries, one from the Middle Grade entries, and one from the Picture Book or Writing for Young Children entries.

All entries are read by editors at Hunger Mountain. The judge this year for the Katherine Paterson Prize is Kimberly Willis Holt, author of the Piper Reed series, My Louisiana Sky, Mister and Me, Dancing in Cadillac Light, Keeper of the Night, Waiting for Gregory, Part of Me, and Skinny Brown Dog; winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town; and winner of the 2011 YALSA BEST FICTION for Young Adults for The Water Seeker.

Local connection: Kimberly skyped-in for our CLBC February meeting about her award-winning book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town! Link: http://www.hungermtn.org/katherine-paterson-prize-for-young-adult-and-childrens-writing/


So, I like a good laugh. If you have not seen this video: So you want to write a novel! Awesome, so awesome. I think my heart just stopped.

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