Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PAS North Shore Council: Speaker Series 2008-2009

Today’s a big day for the PAS North Shore Council. Tonight we’ll hold our spring 2008 dinner meeting at the beautiful Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Janet Wong, a friend and one of my favorite children’s poets, will be our featured speaker. Grace Lin will be coming to our dinner, too.

Janet Wong & Grace Lin

Our council has hosted some outstanding children’s authors and illustrators at the Corinthian Yacht Club in the past: Lois Lowry, Anita Lobel, Jack Gantos, Bernard Waber, Kevin Hawkes (2004), Grace Lin (2005), Wendell Minor (2006), and Mary Ann Hoberman (2007).

After three years serving as president of our reading council, I’ll be stepping down. I will, however, remain on the board of directors. I will help with the planning of our council’s annual Speaker Series. Look what our council has scheduled for the PAS North Shore Council 2008-2009 Speaker Series:

November 5, 2008: We’ll have a panel discussion with picture book illustrators and authors, Matt Tavares, Wade Zahares, and Daniel J. Mahoney, at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts

Matt Tavares & Lady Liberty

Wade Zahares & Lucky Jake

Daniel J. Mahoney & A Really Good Snowman

March 4, 2009: Jacqueline Davies, an author of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books, will be our featured speaker at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts

Jacqueline Davies at Boston College (May 2007)

The Lemonade War & The Boy Who Drew Birds

May 20, 2009: Award-winning picture book illustrator and author Barbara McClintock will be our guest speaker at the Corinthian Yacht Club
Grace Lin, Barbara McClintock, Elaine, & Pat Keogh
at Boston College in April

Three of Barbara McClintock's Picture Books


Note: If you live on the North Shore of Massachusetts and are interested in becoming a member of the PAS North Shore Council of Massachusetts, a local affiliate of the Massachusetts Reading Association and the International Reading Association, email me your address. I will send you a membership brochure.


Vivian Mahoney said...

I hope you had a lovely time at the dinner. Congrats on serving for three years as reading council president. Your council is lucky to have you on the Board of Directors!

Elaine Magliaro said...


We had a wonderful night with Janet. She's a dynamic speaker--and a lot of fun. I got a lot of positive feedback about her presentation from members who attended the dinner.

I enjoy being involved with the council. We have had so many great authors and illustrators as speakers over the years. I hope you'll be able to come to one of the council events we have planned for 2008-2009!

Anonymous said...

Yes: join, join, JOIN the North Shore Council! If you live in that area, you will be happy that you did. I was so impressed with the teachers I met. They are fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about literature. Dinner was punctuated with bursts of laughter (particularly from the table where Pat and John sat).

One thing I learned from the conversation at our table is that teachers can earn credits by attending a North Shore Council presentation and then going back to their own school and sharing what they learned in a short presentation for everyone. An enjoyable way to get credits, I think. Spread the word!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Janet--for your comment and for your wonderful presentation Wednesday evening.

We do have a great group of members! Our dinner meetings are always fun--plus teachers can win free children's books in the drawings we have at every meeting.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Oh how I wish I could hear all these talented children's book creators speak! What a great line-up . . .

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