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Press Release Fun: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Hits 50 so It’s Time to Party!

More stuff I’m up to.  This time, it’s all about the Aiken:

610 West 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

For Immediate Release


October 15, 2012, New York City–Lizza Aiken will appear at Bank Street in two October events celebrating the life and work of her mother, notable children’s author Joan Aiken.

On Friday, October 26, Lizza Aiken will join agent Charles Schlessinger, children’s book blogger and librarian Betsy Bird, and editor George Nicholson in a panel presentation honoring Joan Aiken (1924-2004) and her 1962 book, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. The panel, moderated by Michael Patrick Hearn (The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn) will begin at 7 PM at the Bank Street College Auditorium.

Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Auditorium, Bank Street College of Education, 610 112th Street

Then on Saturday, October 27 at 3 PM, Lizza Aiken, an actor (Mike Figgis’s The House), will be doing a presentation for children at the Bank Street Bookstore. She will also be signing copies of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and giving away sampler CDs of the upcoming audiobook, winner of Audiofile Magazine’s Earphones award, which she performed. She will read from the book, and offer reflections on her mother’s life and work, and advice for young writers.

Date: Saturday October 27
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Bank Street Bookstore, Broadway at 112th Street (southwest corner)

The daughter of American author Conrad Aiken, Joan Aiken was born and raised in Britain. A contemporary of Norton Juster and Roald Dahl, Aiken is known for her role in pioneering a lively writing style that introduces elements of comedy into the fantasy and gothic traditions in British children’s literature. In 1988 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Aiken’s debut book and the first in a 12-part series, was made into a movie by the same name directed by Stuart Orme.

This celebration of Joan Aiken is produced by Bank Street Bookstore, which is part of the Bank Street College of Education, and is among the largest children’s and educational bookstores in the country.

Contact: Rebecca Migdal 413-230-7739

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. Just to say I’ve been in communication with Lizza about the Friday evening event and she has been preparing some slide and film presentations with some very cool material from and about her mother. And I’m going to share some kid responses to the books (as I’ve been having some 5th and 6th graders read it and they are all loving it). And also there will be more guests on the panel. This is shaping up to be a very cool event and I highly recommend that all who can make it come!

  2. Genevieve says:

    Hooray! As a long-time Aiken fan, can’t wait to hear about this.

  3. Dang! All the best programs (Philip Nel) are the same weekend I teach ::tears hair out::

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