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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 biannual “What’s New in Children’s Books,” a half-day conference featuring authors, illustrators, and library and bookstore professionals. The conference takes place Saturday, November 17th from 8:30 a.m.–noon in the Founder’s Room on the Pine Manor College campus, 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. There is plenty of free parking!

“What’s New in Children’s Books?” will feature:

          MFA writer-in-residence Grace Lin, who will talk about the sequel to her 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
          MFA faculty member David Yoo, author of middle-grade and young-adult books, including the recent The Choke Artist.
          Julia Denos, illustrator of several books, including Grandma’s Gloves and Just Being Audrey, a picture book biography of Audrey Hepburn
          Christian Porter, librarian at the Park School and Terri Schmitz, owner of the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline, MA will discuss their favorite new books for fall.

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. The conference costs $65 for the general public; $25 for students with a valid I.D.; and $40 for FCB institutional members. To register, 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.

Directions to Pine Manor College and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at


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