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March Children’s Literary Cafe: New York Times Reviewers Panel

We’ve really classed up the joint this time.  Remember, this event is always free.  From my press release:

The Children’s Literary Café at the new Children’s Center at 42nd Street is pleased to announce our event on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.:

What makes a book so good that it gets reviewed by The New York Times?   How are the reviewers selected? What goes into writing a review for “the old gray lady”?   Join Julie Just, the Children’s Books Editor of the New York Times Book Review, and her panel of remarkable reviewers as they discuss with us the state of newspaper reviews, particularly newspaper reviews of children’s literature.   Special guest panelists will include young adult author Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), author and scholar Leonard Marcus (Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature), and former public school teacher Rebecca Zerkin who is currently experimenting with paper-engineered books.

The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature.  Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings.   The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation.   

New York Public Library
Children’s Center at 42nd Street
Room 84
475 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

I see it this way. We have Mr. Vizzini for the YA fans and Mr. Marcus for the scholars. A little something for everyone.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I may actually be able to attend!

  2. FranCannonSlayton says:

    Doh! I wish I could go to this – it sounds fantastic! I would love to hear Leonard Marcus speak again after hearing him at SCBWI in LA last year. (I’m reading Minders of Make Believe now). Will you blog about it (I hope, I hope, I hope!)?

  3. I think I have to. A couple people have asked me now. But I’m doing the moderation, so . . . I dunno. Maybe I can podcast it. I’ll see what I can do.

  4. KieraParrott says:

    I switched a weekend shift- so I’m definitely coming!

  5. Woo-hoo! A bird and a parrott in the house!