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I seem to have missed this last week, but Laura Miller has set me straight.  For those under a rock like me, it’s Michelle Kearn’s Book Review Bingo.   And yes, I admit to having used more than one of those.  More than once.  Ah, the shame, the shame.

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Since my agent is on the panel I figured I’d give a shout-out for this interesting-sounding program (although I won’t be able to go myself being in the classroom at this time).

DATE: Tuesday, April 6, 2010  |  TIME: 8:30-9 AM (Registration); 9-10:30 AM (Panel)
LOCATION: Random House, Louis L’Amour Room (14th fl.), 1745 Broadway (at 55th Street),
New York City

Advances may be declining in other parts of the industry, but publishers continue to lay out out six figures and above for YA titles and series. And the market for teen books is white-hot in Hollywood, too. Our panel of agents and film scouts gives the inside scoop on where the market stands today, and where it might be heading in the months ahead.

Stephen Barbara is an agent with Foundry Literary + Media in New York City, where he represents a select list of writers for the adult and children’s trade markets. Among his clients are Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall), Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!), among others. He also represents the bloggers behind A Fuse #8 Production (Betsy Bird), Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Julie Danielson), Collecting Children’s Books (Peter Sieruta), and Educating Alice (Monica Edinger). Stephen has previously worked at HarperCollins and as contracts director of the Donald Maass Agency.

Claire Lundberg has an extensive background in New York film and theater. She is currently the literary scout for MGM & United Artists. Before that she worked as director of development for Scott Rudin Productions, where she acquired A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, among others. She has also worked at Tribeca Films for Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, and as a literary scout for both film companies and foreign publishers. Prior to her career as a film executive, Claire was a theater director, and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She is in the process of forming an independent film and foreign scouting agency.

Rebecca Sherman is a literary agent at Writers House, where she began her career in children’s/young adult publishing more than eight years ago. She represents authors of middle grade and young adult novels, as well as author/illustrators of graphic novels and picture books. Her client list includes Grace Lin (2010 Newbery Honor recipient for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, just optioned by Universal Studios with Amy Poehler attached to produce and star), Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney (author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book, Sit-In) and Matt Phelan (author/illustrator of The Storm in the Barn). Rebecca is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Moderated by: Rachel Deahl, news editor and deals columnist, PW, and
Diane Roback, children’s book editor, PW

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! www.publishersweekly.com/thinkfuture


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If You Are Going to ALA Annual…

Consider this. Looks incredible.

Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work (and Play) Today
2010 ALSC Pre-Conference
Friday, June 25, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

Do you linger over the pages of striking picturebooks, wondering how to tap their full potential in programs for children? Attend the 2010 ALSC Pre-Conference, Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work (and Play) Today, and learn to look beyond the surface stories. Explore technique and design with art directors, museum educators, and the award-winning illustrators Brian Selznick, Jerry Pinkney, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Javaka Steptoe, David Small, Yuyi Morales, Timothy Basil Ering, and Kadir Nelson—to name a few. Discover the innovative “whole book” storytime model, developed by Megan Lambert, Instructor of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, to help children derive meaning from everything picturebooks offer. Delve into the format’s relationship to graphic novels and the international and digital horizons. Studio demonstrations, hands-on opportunities, and original art door prizes will be part of the mix at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Join us!

Registration information is available by going to the American Library Association website: (www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/upcoming/ annual/registration/index.cfm)

The pre-conference code is: ALS1. Register soon to guarantee your spot!

(The advance fee for nonmembers — $280, ALA members–$249, ALSC members–$195, Student members, $180.)

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