Last night the Butler Children’s Literature Center was thrilled to host Indian born British author, Chitra Soundar, for a discussion about diversity in publishing, the writing process, and sharing stories with young people.
In a presentation titled Diverse Yet Unique: Confessions of a Global Author, Chitra shared her background in publishing and the differences she has encountered with publishers in India, the United Kingdom, and the US markets; her efforts to promote diversity in the children’s book publishing; her writing process and how she builds and researchers her stories; and how she goes about developing connections with readers, other writers, and publishers alike. It was interesting, yet disheartening, to learn that the UK publishing industry struggles with diversity issues even more than we do here. But as we are seeing in the US, the UK is also experiencing a growing number of authors, librarians, and supporters lending their voices (and social media feeds) to the movement toward more diversity in content and diversity in authors. Chitra recognized We Need Diverse Books and the inspiration the organization has provided to create a similar UK group to spark conversation and change.
After her presentation, Chitra kindly answered our numerous questions, filling in details about why she loves working with young people, who she follows for diverse book resources, and how she moves from her long, long, long list of ideas to a finished product like the newly published You’re Safe With Me (Lantana, 2018). She also gave us a sneak peek at future books in the series (keep your eyes peeled—they look and sound wonderful!).
Thanks to all that attended for your curiosity and thoughtful questions. It is always lovely to spend an evening in conversation with those that love children’s books like we do!
Feel free to stop by the Butler Center to see the new additions to our signed books collection or find Chitra Soundar on your own at www.chitrasoundar.com
Pattan’s Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Candlewick, 2017)
You’re Safe with Me by Chitra Soundar, Illustrated by Poonma Mistry (Lantana, 2018)
Help us celebrate the return of Butler Book Banter at our first gathering of the year!
All are welcome!
What & Why:
“I Heart Butler” – meet and greet our new curator, discuss some LOVELY new books, and tell us what you LOVE about the Butler Center events past and present!
Wednesday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Butler Children’s Literature Center
Rebecca Crown Library, Room 214
Dominican University Main Campus
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
See you there!
The Butler Children’s Literature Center is excited to welcome Andrea Davis Pinkney as our 2018 Butler Lecturer.
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a children’s book editor and New York Times-bestselling author with a number of award-winning books to her name, including Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (2012) for which she received the Coretta Scott King Author Award; picture-book biographies of major figures such as Duke Ellington(1998), Ella Fitzgerald (2002), and Alan Ailey (1995); and Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (2010), which won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. Many of her books are illustrated by her husband Brian Pinkney, who is also an award-winning children’s book creator in his own right. Their upcoming book together, Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, features Andrea’s poetic requiem accompanied by Brian’s lyrical and colorful artwork, will be published in January 2018.
The Butler Lecture is free and open to the public, with registration. For more information and to register, click here.
It’s that time of year again!
Join the Butler Children’s Literature Center for its annual book sale next Thursday, December 14th from 10 am to 6 pm.
Find us in the Butler Center (Rebecca Crown Library, Room 214) with cookies, cider, expert recommendations, and BOOKS!
If you’re looking to build your book collection, buy presents for your loved ones (or yourself!), or want to check out popular books from 2017, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!
Hardcovers are being sold for $5 each, while paperbacks are selling for $2.
Hope to see you there!
Butler Children’s Literature Center Book Sale
Thursday, December 14
10 am – 6 pm