Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature Registration Open Now

I was notified by email today that today is the first day of online registration for the Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature, put on by the Westport Public Library (in Connecticut). The email stated that next week the paper brochure will be mailed to those who expressed an interest in the Festival. The site stated registration is required and the lecture preferences will be given on a first come, first served basis.

Here is an announcement from the website:

Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature

October 25, 26, 27, 2007


The 2007 Festival Theme is Imagined
Worlds
and will focus on authors for students in middle school

“Fantasy is the metaphor through which we discover ourselves” says
award-winning author Susan Cooper in her collection of essays, Dreams and
Wishes.

With the recent resurgence of interest in fantasy literature and movie
adaptations of classic and current fantasy stories, this year's festival will
explore the theme of “Imagined Worlds."

On Friday, four of the authors will visit middle schools in Westport and
one will visit an elementary school in Bridgeport.

The authors will address the popularity of fantasy from many different
angles in the Saturday Symposium.

The Rabbit Hill Festival is named to honor Robert Lawson, the only
author/illustrator to win both the Caldecott
and Newbery Medals
for excellence in children's illustration and literature. He created his work in
his Westport home and studio, which was called "Rabbit Hill." Except for the
dinner and lunch, the festival is free and open to the public. Registration is
required.



Here is more information from me:

It is a free event, (donations accepted). You must register in advance and it does book up. You can register online. The website provides details about the different events, times and diffferent locations of each event.

Note it includes optional small group lectures with each author on the Saturday afternoon. When you register, you give your preferences for which authors you'd like to hear, and it is first come first served as to which lectures you will be assigned to.

If you love children’s books and/or these authors and you want to hear them speak about writing, children’s books, the industry etc. then why not consider going?

You can read info and register by visiting the Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature website.

Based on my attendance in 2006, it seemed to me that most attendees are school teachers and children’s librarians, followed by homeschooling parents, other parents, children's writers and illustrators, and some not in the other categories who I'd categorize as bookworms and lovers of children’s literature.

They also sell the featured authors' books there and you can have them autographed. Or you can bring your books from home and have them autographed there as well.

I am so excited about attending this year!

If you go I’ll see you there!

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1 comment:

Sebastian said...

This sounds like so much fun. A few years ago, we made it to one of the National Book Festivals in Washington DC. But I like how this one allows you to actually sign up for seminars.