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||RPCV writers win major childrens book awards
THE LAND BY MILDRED D. TAYLOR (Ethiopia 196567) was awarded the 2002 Coretta Scott King Award on January 21, 2002 at the American Library Associations midwinter meeting. This award for African-American authors, commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honors his widow, Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination in continuing the work for peace and world brotherhood.
The Land chronicles the triumphs and struggles of Paul-Edward Logan, son of a white owner and an enslaved African-Indian women. Set in Mississippi during the 1800s, the book introduces readers to the grandfather of Cassie Logan, the hero of Taylors 1976 Newbery Award winner, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Millie, as she was known as a PCV, started to write while a Volunteer. She taught English and history in the town of Yirgalem in southern Ethiopia. It was in Ethiopia, she has written, where she observed black pride and independence, and this reminded her of stories her father had told her which she has turned into award winning fiction. Millie has received critical acclaim for her original interpretation of the black experience. In 1997, Millie was the recipient of the ALAN Award which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. It is presented by The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, a special interest group of the National Council of Teachers of English.
The 2002 Caldecott Awards, which honor the illustrators of the most distinguished American picture books of the year, were also announced at the American Library Association meeting. The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins illustrated by Brian Selznick, and written by Barbara Kerley (Nepal 198183), was named a 2002 Honor Book. Published by Scholastic Press, the book is tells the true story of a Victorian sculptor who built the worlds first life-size dinosaur models.
In April 2002, Barbaras third childrens book, A Cool Drink of Water, will be published by National Geographic Childrens Books. It is a simple, lyrical text about drinking water around the world. It will be illustrated with National Geographics photographs.
40 + One
By now you should have received word that the National Peace Corps Association has rescheduled the 40th Anniversary conference. Now dubbed the 40+1, the conference will be held at a Washington, D.C. hotel and all the workshops, bookstore, etc. will take place within that hotel. The dates for the Conference are June 2023.
Writers workshops at Conference
Peace Corps Writers will reschedule the same series of workshops we had previously planned. We are starting over with assignments for writers to panels. If you will be registering for the conference and would like to be on a panel, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what panel you would like to be on. We will try to honor all requests, if possible. The workshops have been tentatively set for Friday, June 21st 15 pm and Saturday, June 22nd 93 pm. The panels are:
The Peace Corps Novel as Literature
Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience
Travel Now, Write Later
Write! Edit! Publish!
Writing about the Environment
Writing Childrens Books
Writing Your Peace Corps Story
Working with Words
How to Write A Novel in 100 Days or Less
When we have information on what bookstore will be selling books at the conference, we will let writers know so that they can arrange for signings.
Reading Out Loud
Joe Kovacs has kindly agreed to again handle the readings at the conference. If you wish to read from your writings about your Peace Corps experience, please let Joe know. Joe has a new email account with a title thats very fitting for his role in the conference planning: email@example.com.