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Virginia Hamilton Conference to Feature Silent Auction

Posted Mar. 13, 2014


Attendees at this year’s Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will have the opportunity to participate in a very special silent auction featuring such remarkable treasures as:

  • Autographed books from past, present and future VHC keynotes including Joseph Bruchac, Nikki Giovanni, Pat Mora, Marilyn Nelson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Janet Wong, Lisa Yee, Rita Williams-Garcia and, of course, Virginia Hamilton;silentauction1
  • Autographed collectible posters by renowned illustrators Ashley Bryan, Jacqueline Woodson and Mike Blanc;
  • An opportunity to name a future character in one of Alma Flor Ada’s future books;
  • A Skype visit to your school or library by Jacqueline Woodson, Yuyi Morales or Jan Spivey Gilchrist;
  • An original linoleum block print by Kristin Blackwood;
  • Special Virginia Hamilton Conference memorabilia;
  • Two registrations to the 2015 Virginia Hamilton Conference;
  • Two registrations to the Pop It! Move It! Use It!  (May 2, 2014, pop-up book symposium at Kent State featuring Robert Sabuda);
  • Stacks of 30 picture books, 30 novels, 30 biographies (and more!);
  • And special surprises!

Attendance at the conference is required to bid on the items. Proceeds will go toward the planning of future Virginia Hamilton conferences and scholarships for students to attend.

For more information about signing up for the conference, please see the information below:

The 30th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth
April 3 and 4, 2014


“Pearls of Wisdom: Celebrating 30 Years of the Virginia Hamilton Conference”

The 30th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Kent State University Student Center. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults. 

“Pearls of Wisdom: Celebrating 30 Years of the Virginia Hamilton Conference” is the theme for this year’s conference, which will feature the remarkable Christopher Paul Curtis, the talented Andrea Davis Pinkney and the amazing illustrator, David Diaz. 

The Virginia Hamilton Conference is pleased to be a forum that brings together renowned national and local writers, illustrators, librarians, teachers, students and scholars and showcases some of the country’s top talents in multicultural literature for youth. The April 3 evening program includes a pasta dinner, a keynote address by the 16th Annual Virginia Hamilton Literary Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis, followed by a performance. Friday, April 4, features a full complement of workshops and keynote addresses by the authors.

Contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100 or register on-line at http://www.yourtrainingresource.com (Then click Programs, Conference).

For more information visit the conference Web site at http://www.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconference/2014-conference/index.cfm.