NCAC Executive Director Joan Bertin will be the closing keynote speaker at an April 16 conference at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. More details can be found here.
There are several panel discussions featuring noted authors and scholars:
Panel 1 – Developing Challenged Children’s Books: Authors and Their Editors
Moderator – Leonard Marcus, Children’s Book Historian
Robie H. Harris, It’s Perfectly Normal, Susan Kuklin, Beyond Magenta, editor Hilary Van Dusen, Candlewick; Pete Parnell and Justin Richardson, And Tango Makes Three, editor David Gale, Simon and Schuster
Panel 2 – Why Are Young Adult Books Challenged?
Moderator – David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword and The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Vintage Press
Meg Medina, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Candlewick; emily m. danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper Collins; Shelly Diaz, School Library Journal, Young Adult Reviewer; Coe Booth, Tyrell, Scholastic
Panel 3 – Context and Controversy: Recently Censored and Contested Books for Children
Moderator – Elizabeth Levy, Former Co-Chair of the PEN Children’s Book Committee
Allie Jane Bruce, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education; Fatima Shaik, Children’s/Young Adult Books Committee, PEN American Center; Andy Laties, Manager, Bank Street Book Store; Kiera Parrott, Reviews Director, School Library Journal; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Editorial Director, Just Us Books, Inc.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Joan Bertin, Director, National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)