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ASTAL Events - Fall 2006-Spring 2007

ASTAL Summer Institute
Writing for Young People

June 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 2007

These days can change your life.

This summer the Alliance for the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature (ASTAL) at Rhode Island College is offering a five day institute for people who are interested in learning to write for young people. A follow-up session will be held in December. Participants will choose between a strand for fiction writing or nonfiction writing. A third strand will be available for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in learning to write for their peers.

Participants will attend presentations about book publishing featuring editors and publishers including Kara LaReau, editor for Scholastic Books, R. James Stahl, publisher of the Merlyn’s Pen New Library of Young Adult Writing and head of The Olga! Project: Courage, Creativity, and Identity, and Jennifer Taber, publicist at Houghton Mifflin. They will meet and hear from guest authors including Natalie Babbitt, Patricia Reilly Giff, Janet Taylor Lisle, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Lamstein, and Melissa Stewart. Each participant will also work with an instructor/mentor in one of three strands: Writing Fiction for Young People; Writing Nonfiction for Young People; or Young People Writing for Their Peers (enrollment limited to students in grades 7-12). Instructor/mentors include Tonya Bolden, Kelly Easton, Beatrice Gormley, Joyce Hansen, Mark Peter Hughes, Donna Jackson, Peter Johnson, and Liza Ketchum. In each strand, the instructor/mentor to student ratio will not exceed 1:7 to provide maximum opportunities for individualized instruction and feedback during work sessions. Enrollment will be limited and students will be accepted in the order that we receive the applications by the strand indicated.

Enrollees may elect to earn three graduate or undergraduate credits for their participation.

Black Duck Named ASTAL Rhode Island
2007 Book of the Year

We are proud to honor Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle as the inaugural selection for the ASTAL Rhode Island Book of the Year. The award will be announced annually at the ASTAL Spring Authors Luncheon. The award was established to recognize the excellence in the literature for young people that is either set in our state or written by Rhode Islanders.

In Black Duck, 14-year-old David, a budding journalist, befriends Ruben, an elderly neighbor in his coastal Rhode Island town (Little Compton). David is in search of a story and Ruben has a secret in his past. Using chapters that alternate decades, Janet Lisle skillfully weaves a tale, part mystery, part adventure, and part morality play as David teases from Ruben the story of the Black Duck, a rum-running ship and its violent fate. In this riveting examination of Prohibition, Lisle demonstrates once again her ability to enrich and enliven her story with rich historical detail that frames the social and ethical issues of the time.

ASTAL Rhode Island 2007 Book of the Year

APRIL 27 & 28, 2007

ASTAL's Under the Spell of Books
ASTAL Spring Luncheon

ASTAL's Under the Spell of Books
"The 2007 Rooster RHODEShow"

April 27, 2007 - 7:00 pm

ASTAL Spring Luncheon

April 28, 2007 - 11:30 am
RIC Faculty Center

Celebrating Books and the Rhode Islanders
Who Write, Illustrate, and Publish Them

Announcing the RI Book of the Year

Featuring Natalie Babbitt, Karen Boren, Linda Crotta Brennan,
Betty Brown, Kelly Easton, Andy Frew, Peter Johnson,
Jenna LaReau, Kara LaReau, Janet Taylor Lisle,
and Cate Monroe of Moon Mountain Press

ASTAL’s 4th Annual Spring Luncheon is
Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Adams Library

ASTAL to Announce Rhode Island Book of the Year

With so many quality books by Rhode Islanders or with Rhode Island as their setting being published, we have established an award to recognize the ASTAL Rhode Island Book of the Year. The criteria for selection include: the book’s Rhode Island connection; literary quality; and age appropriate to the adolescent audience (either middle school or high school). Additionally, books will be eligible for the award for three years from their initial publication date.

The announcement of the ASTAL Rhode Island Book of the Year will be an addition to the Annual ASTAL Authors Luncheon. Please plan to join us for the inaugural presentation that will be made at this year’s Luncheon on April 28.

March 5th - Mark Peter Hughes

Mark Peter Hughes launched Lemonade Mouth at a reception honoring him on March 5, 2007 at 5 pm in the RIC Faculty Center. Hughes is a Rhode Island native and the book has received rave pre-publication reviews.

"Gutsy girls...Boys will love...Laugh-out-loud funny…[Mark Peter Hughes’s] writing has an offbeat honesty that will put him in the pantheon of great YA writers...This is one of those unusual novels that you can recommend to every reader with a clean conscience."
-- Kristen McLean, Executive Director of the Association of Booksellers for Children

Author Peter Abrahams

ASTAL 2006

formerly "Under the Spell of Books"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Author Patricia Reilly Giff

This Fall, ASTAL was excited to welcome back Newberry Honor recipient, keynote speaker, and recipient of the 2006 ASTAL Award for Contributions to the Field of Literature for Young People, Patricia Reilly Giff.

We celebrated the publication of her latest book, Water Street, another book in the Ryan family saga.

Author Patricia McCormick

ASTAL was also excited to welcome back acclaimed author and lunch speaker Patricia McCormick.

Her new novel, Sold, joins her acclaimed growing body of work, which includes Cut and My Brother’s Keeper.

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