What: May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney
When: Saturday, May 3, Doors at 6:30 p.m., Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Willey Hall
The Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries invites you to the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, featuring Andrea Davis Pinkney.
Reception and author signing to follow with books available for sale, courtesy of the Red Balloon Bookshop.
This event is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required for admission.
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels and nonfiction. Pinkney’s books include “With the Might of Angels,” “Bird in a Box,” “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down,” “Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride,” “Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters,” and “Duke Ellington.”
During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company.
The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture celebrates May Hill Arbuthnot, who served as a strong voice for children’s literature. Each year a lecturer is chosen who will prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.
The Children’s Literature Research Collections (CLRC) at the University of Minnesota Libraries was chosen to host the event by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and its 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee. The CLRC includes the Kerlan Collection — one of the world’s great children’s literature research collections — and includes books, original illustrations, and manuscripts significant in the history of children’s literature, including those of Pinkney.