Advice from a Legendary Editor: How Ursula Nordstrom Made Children's Books That Last

Date: Sunday, November 28th, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker: Leonard Marcus

Reservations are recommended: E-mail by Friday November 26, 2010
This event will be in English.

This illustrated presentation will give an inside look at the path-finding work of Ursula Nordstrom, Harper's visionary editor of children's books. The focus is on the hands-on creation of such well-loved classics as Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harriet the Spy; on Nordstrom's thoughts about children and their books; and on the valuable lessons that writers and illustrators of today can learn from her inspired approach to publishing. Q and A will follow the talk, and participants are welcome to bring copies of books for signing.

Leonard Marcus is a distinguished children's literature scholar who is also an award-winning writer for kids. His books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Golden Legacy; Minders of Make-Believe; and, most recently, Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy. Leonard is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications and writes a regular column on picture books for The Horn Book. He has served as a judge of the Ragazzi Prize, the National Book Award, and on numerous other prize committees. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website: Also: read an interview with Leonard Marcus.

Organization: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Japan (SCBWI)

Cost: SCBWI Members: 1,500 yen
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza, Conference Room 1, 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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