Author Luncheons

Author Luncheons

Our intimate luncheons offer you the opportunity to break bread with some of your favorite authors, plus share a hot meal and cool conversation with your colleagues.

Tickets go on sale December 3rd. Seating is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to make your reservations early!

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Primary Literature Luncheon | Saturday, April 20th • 12-1:30PM

Pack your party shoes—we're going glam with Jane O'Connor, author of the delightful Fancy Nancy series!

Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy Storybook TreasuryJane O'Connor, a native New Yorker, was born and raised on the Upper West Side. After graduating from Smith College, she returned to Manhattan to begin a career in publishing. In addition to stints at Scholastic, Random House, and Penguin (where she served as president and publisher of mass market children's books), Jane has penned dozens of children's books of her own.

Seven of the titles in her Fancy Nancy series (HarperCollins) have hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. Jane's first novel for grownups—a spoofy mystery called Dangerous Admissions (Harper/Avon)—received excellent reviews from The New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, plus a starred review in Publishers Weekly. The follow-up, Almost True Confessions, will be released in April 2013.

Young Adult Literature Luncheon | Sunday, April 21st • 12-1:30PM

Let Newbery Honor-winning author Joan Bauer feed your soul with a perfect blend of hope, humor, and heart.

Joan Bauer

Almost HomeGet ready to be inspired! Joan Bauer wrote her first YA novel, Squashed (Delacorte), during a long recovery from a major car accident. "The laughter," she writes on her website, "helped me heal."

Ten books and twenty years later, Joan continues to craft books that make readers smile. Her critically acclaimed body of work includes Hope Was Here (G.P. Putnam's Sons), a Newbery Honor Medal winner, and Rules of the Road (G.P. Putnam's Sons), winner of the Los Angeles Time Book Prize. Her latest novel, Almost Home (Viking Juvenile), was released in September 2012.

Special Session

Join educators Melissa Leisner, Amy Bender, and Nancy Kalush for activities and tips on teaching with Joan Bauer's books over the course of an entire school year!

Book and Author Luncheon | Monday, April 22nd • 12-1:30PM

Color us impressed: author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet's books are taught in classrooms all over the world. But come April, he wants to have lunch with you.

Chris Soentpiet

More Than Anything ElseAward-winning children's picture book creator Chris Soentpiet (pronounced SOON-peet) won the gold medal, the Society of Illustrator's top prize, for his historical picture book, Peacebound Trains (Sandpiper). His other prestigious honors include Parents Magazine's Best Book of the Year for Something Beautiful (Doubleday Books for Young Readers) and the Parents' Choice Gold Award for Coolies (Philomel).

A three-time winner of the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award—for More Than Anything Else (Orchard Books), Molly Bannaky (Sandpiper), and Coolies—Chris promotes the love of children's literature and the arts by speaking at schools and libraries across the country.

IRA's Spring 2013 Resource Catalog
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