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The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College will dedicate its 2013 summer institute to the theme of “Love Letters” on the last weekend in July, commencing on the morning of Friday, July 26 and concluding on Sunday, July 28th. The intensive long weekend program offers students an opportunity to meet with authors, illustrators, editors and others committed to the study of children’s literature.
“Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write”
-Thích Nhãt Hanh
In many ways, “Love Letters” demands that we contemplate romance in literature for children and young adults. Although love and heartbreak might be the territories of the young adult novel, we find passion in picturebooks, revel in the devotions of early readers, and explore emotional depths in middle grade books. Nonfiction marries both knowledge and narrative.
Institute speakers will consider how books themselves act as letters. How do they declare love for a subject or to an audience? How does a lifetime inform every book written? Every book read?
Among the speakers who will attend the Institute are Lois Lowry, Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, M. T. Anderson, Shane Evans, Jack Gantos, Jo Knowles, Jason Chin, Jeanne Birdsall, Wong Herbert Yee, David Hyde Costello, Deborah Heiligman, and Vicky Smith.
This event was submitted by Megan Lambert, instructor at The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. “I am co-director of this summer’s institute,” said Lambert, “and I have played a role in every institute since my time as a student in the MA program at Simmons in 2001. It is always an enriching, inspiring program, and I am delighted by the strength of our slate of speakers.”