Tuesday, April 30, 2013 –FREE event, Open to the Public
5:00 pm Reception and Book Signing: San Francisco Main Public Library, Lower Level Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room
6:00 pm Lecture: Lower Level, Koret Auditorium
Award Winning Children’s Author of over 250 Books!
“Picture Books That Can’t Be Written: Social Issues in Children’s Literature”
Born in Ireland, Eve Bunting grew up in a tradition steeped in the art of storytelling and the magic of words. “There used to be Shanachies in the Ireland of long ago,” she says. “The Shanachie was the storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and faires, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanachie myself, telling my stories to anyone who’ll listen.”
In 1958 Eve Bunting moved to California with her husband and three children. It was there, several years later that she enrolled in Writing for Publication class at her local junior college. Filled with ideas and a strong desire to write, she was, nevertheless, uncertain of what to expect
Since the first book, a retelling of an old Irish folktale about the giant Finn McCool, Eve Bunting has carried on her homeland’s storytelling tradition in over a hundred books for children and young adults — books about everything from sharks and horses to football players.
“I like to write for every child,” she says. “For every age, for every interest. That is why I have such a variety of books — from pre-school, through the middle grades and beyond. The young adult novels I write border on the true adult novel, but I enjoy keeping my protagonists in their upper teens where lives are new and filled with challenge, where nothing is impossible.
“One of my greatest joys is writing picture books. I have discovered the pleasures of telling a story of happiness or sorrow in a few simple words.
Eve Bunting has received many awards, including the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 1976 for One More Flight (Warne). In 1995 the Caldecott Medal was presented to David Diaz for his illustrations for her Smoky Night (Harcourt).
This marks the 17th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture, presented by WNBA-SF Chapter in partnership with the Friends of the SFPL and the SFPL’s Main Children’s Center. There will be books for sale and book-signing before and after the lecture. WNBA-SF Chapter will provide FREE books in a raffle and for all those who have their picture taken with the author Eve Bunting and tweet about it!
Come to the Reception for a delicious array of healthy food and to get your raffle ticket!