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[Chestnut Hill, MA, March 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College and the Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) will co-host “What’s New in Children’s Books,” a biannual half-day conference featuring authors, illustrators, and library and bookstore professionals. The spring conference takes place Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 detailed information about the Foundation for Children’s Books, go to:

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

Joseph Bruchac is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. His poetry, short stories, biographies, novels and even music reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions.

Katie Smith Milway is the author of One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, a children’s book about microfinance. She is a co-founder of One Hen, Inc., a non-profit that produces books, websites, and teaching resources on empowering kids to make a difference for themselves and the world.

Author Dedie King and Illustrator Judith Inglese are the creative team behind the award-winning I See the Sun… series, five books (so far) that provide a glimpse into the daily life of a child in include translations of the text into the languages of each country: China, Afghanistan, Russia, etc.

Jennifer Hanson is the librarian at Primary Source, a non-profit based in Watertown that connects K-12 educators to people and cultures throughout the world. She will share her favorite books and resources for reading across cultures.

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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