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[Chestnut Hill, MA, March 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College and the Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) will co-host the second in a series of biannual events, “What’s New in Children’s Books,” a half-day conference featuring authors, illustrators, and library and bookstore professionals. The conference takes place Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (registration and coffee begins at 8:30 a.m.) in the Founder’s Room on the Pine Manor College campus, 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. There is plenty of free parking! For directions to Pine Manor College, go to:

“What’s New in Children’s Books?” will feature Newbery Honor winner Cynthia Lord, author of the novels Rules and Touch Blue, as well as several picture books; Janet Wong, poet and author of over 23 books for young people; and Gregory Mone, whose second children’s novel, Dangerous Waters, centers on a passenger on the Titanic. Bookseller Terri Schmitz, owner of the Children’s Book Shop, and Librarian Christian Porter of Brookline’s Park School will talk about their favorite new books for spring. For full presenter bios, go to:

The conference includes coffee and refreshments, new books from the Children’s Book Shop, and book sales and signing. Cost: $65 for the general public; $25 for students with a valid I.D.; and $40 for FCB institutional members. For a downloadable registration form, go to:

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

For detailed information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, go to:

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