Here’s the list of Featured Speakers for the 2007 Festival: Michael Dooling, Kathy Mallat, Richard Peck, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, and Chris Soentpiet.
Kathy Mallat, an author and illustrator of picture books and a part-time art teacher, was a last minute fill-in for Raymond Bial. Kathy did a great job! I don’t know how she was able to put together such a polished presentation in just a few days. Like me, Kathy also serves as a member of the Festival Advisory Board.
Richard Peck received a standing ovation for his eloquent—and outrageously funny—presentation. I jotted down some of his most memorable lines. (I hope I wrote them down correctly.)
- The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.
- You learn most from the experiences you would have avoided if you could.
- Puberty is the death of childhood…not the birth of reason.
- Fiction had better be about the reader—not the writer.
- Fiction is a metaphor for a reader’s life.
- We read fiction to find family.
- Schools don’t build foundations; they build upon foundations.
- Humor is anger that was sent to finishing school.
- Quoting Cicero: Not to know what happened before you were born means to remain always a child.
Grace, Anna, Alissa, and I visited the Festival Gallery Collection. We saw the owls that Anna and Alissa had created for the Festival Owl Project. Abigail Marble contributed OWL #87 to the collection. That means that Dr. David White, Festival Director, needs just 13 more owls to reach his goal of 100 owls for the Centennial Celebration of Keene State College in 2008-2009. Grace has decided that it’s time to start work on her “Keene” owl.
Grace, Elaine, Anna, & Alissa
Three Really "Keene" OwlsEric Carle's Owl
Anna Alter's Owl
Alissa Imre Geis's Owl
After the conclusion of the festival, the featured speakers, members of the festival advisory board, student volunteers, artists who had donated an owl in the past year, and David and some close friends joined together for a sumptuous dinner of prime rib, bake stuffed shrimp, stuffed portabella mushrooms, rice pilaf, fresh vegetable medley, and individual almond tortes served with fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and whipped cream.
Donna Berger, Chris Soentpiet, & Eric DuboisAnna, Alissa, & Grace
We capped off a wonderful day with a visit to David & Ken's Irish cottage.
I can’t wait for the 2008 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival. I bet you’d like to know who the speakers will be, wouldn’t you? Here’s the lineup: Steven Kellogg, Andrew Glass, Eric A. Kimmel, Polly Horvath, and Jerry Pinkney!