Festival Features Experts, Discussions in Children’s Literature

Published children's authors talk shop during event.

To open the spring season for the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, nine authors, illustrators and editors plus students and faculty will give presentations on reading, literacy and books for young and adolescent readers.

Engaging Young Readers: A Festival of Authors and Ideas will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16-17 in varying locations across campus. It is presented with the College of Education and the Texas Tech University Press.

Guest lecturers include author and illustrator, Marla Frazee, the Michael Printz honor author, Terry Trueman, and Allyn Johnston, editor-in-chief of Harcourt’s Children’s Books.

Also, the festival will feature Texas Tech University Press authors Melodie Cuate, Carlos Nicolás Flores, Sheila A. Foard, Jo Harper, Dewey Johnson and Lucy Fischer-West.
Authors’ books will be available for purchase from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 17 in room 203 of the College of Education Building.

Registration is $10 and due by Feb. 12. Children get in free with a registered adult. Optional boxed lunches are $7. On Feb. 16, people not affiliated with Texas Tech should use the Flint Avenue Parking Garage, located at 19th Street and Flint Avenue. Call Teresa Neal at 742-1998 ext. 430 for reservations. For a full detail on the festival’s events, click this site.

Event highlights include:

Friday, Feb. 16
• The Complicated Dance Between Words and Pictures, Editor and Author/Illustrator – 8:40-9:40 a.m., Student Union Ballroom. Featuring Marla Frazee and Allyn Johnston.

• Stuck in Neutral – 1:25-2:25 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, Featuring Terry Trueman.

Saturday, Feb. 17
• Panel Discussion with Texas Tech University Press Authors – 9-10 a.m., room 001 of the English Building. Rene Saldaña will moderate.

CONTACT:Mary Jane Hurst, faculty assistant to the president, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2121 or maryjane.hurst@ttu.edu; or Teresa Neal, administrative secretary, College of Education, (806) 742-1998 ext. 430