Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Living Writers Series with YA Author: Matt de la Peña

The Creative Writing Department at San Diego State University will be hosting a Hugh C. Hyde  Living Writers series tomorrow, October 22, 2014, in the Malcolm A. Love Library featuring acclaimed YA author Matt de la Peña. de la Peña will be reading from his latest YA novel The Living which was released last November.

Matt de la Peña is a SDSU alumnus who received his MFA in creative writing and currently teaches creative writing in Brookyln, NY where he resides. de la Peña is also author to five critically acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living and author to an award winning picture book, A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.  

Ball Don’t Lie was de la Peña’s first novel, published in 2005, and made into a major motion picture released in 2008.  The author also worked alongside award winning Brin Hill in developing the screenplay for this film. This movie included actors such as Rosanna Arquette, Nick Cannon, Ludacris, and Nick Chinlund. Needless to say the book inspired a great movie and both movie and book tell a genuine high school basketball story.

In 2002, The New York Times covered a story regarding de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy banning in Tuscan classrooms. The issue was political and Mexican-American studies became a controversial topic during this time. Regardless, de la Peña went to speak to the students of Tucson High not about the politics of race but about his story and what it took to get him to where he is today.

If you are interested in this event or would like more information on this author please check out the links below.

This event is free and open to the public! Matt de la Peña will be reading on: Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. at the SDSU’s Love Library in Room 430.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SDSU's June Cummins Joins Panel to Discuss the Classic Children's Series 'All of a Kind Family' Following Its Re-Publication

Lizzie Skurnick is republishing All of a Kind Family, which is recognized widely as a children’s classic series. To highlight this republication and significance in children’s literature, a panel will discuss their own experiences with these books and the impact it made on their own lives. We are very pleased and honored to announce that our very own June Cummins with be apart of this panel. Not only is Dr. Cummins a well-respected literature professor at San Diego State University but she is also the author of this new Re-Publication’s introduction, which makes it even more worthy of checking out.

All of a Kind Family is a classic children's book series that works to establish the Jewish immigrant family and describes what makes up their experience as it’s carried into the early-twentieth-century. Set in New York City, the story follows an Eastern European Jewish immigrant family living on the Lower East Side.

The panel event will take place at the Tenement Museum, in New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:00PM) and admission is free.

This panel will also include writers Anna Holmes, Rebecca Traister, historian Hasia Diner, and Lizzie Skurnick

Congratulations to Dr. June Cummins! We are looking forward to seeing you stir up some great topics on this panel.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

In the Mood for Kid Book Art...?

Each year the Society of Illustrators celebrates artwork by illustrators of children’s books in the United States to display the talent and creativity that goes into making children’s literature what it is. “The Original Art” showcase is currently on its 33rd year and is as extraordinary as ever.

Currently the showcase is being display North of San Diego in Carlsbad. The exhibit will be on display from September 7 until November 23, 2014 at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

This year’s showcase includes artists Steven Jenkins, The Brothers Hilts, and Laetitia Devernay, as well as Sophie Blackall, Raul Colon, Gerard Dubois, William Joyce, David Small, Naoko Stoop, and many more!

This is a wonderful opportunity to see what the world of children’s literature is creating today. Whether you’re a student looking for the newest and hottest trends in children books and artwork, someone who works in the children’s literature industry, or even someone who is just curious about what makes children’s books so enjoyable for all ages, this is definitely worth checking out.

Upcoming events in the art gallery include:
  • Saturday, November 8: Family Open Studios Plus
  • Saturday, October 11: A Fancy Tea Party with 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Illustrator of the Year, Robin Preiss Glasser, best known for the “Fancy Nancy” books
Check out the site for more details:

  • The Cannon Art Gallery is located at Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane.
    For further details please call 760-602-2021
  • Admission is free