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Press Release Fun: The Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature

The Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature in Westport, CT celebrates its 10th anniversary October 21-23, 2010 with ‘double the fun.’
This year’s theme is Collaboration … the magical thing that happens when authors and/or artists work closely together to create books. Appearing in Westport schools (on Friday, Oct. 22) and speaking at a symposium for adults (on Saturday, Oct. 23) will be: Ted and Betsy Lewin, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, Jim and Kate McMullan, Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre, and Pegi Deitz Shea.
The festival’s opening event on Thursday evening, Oct. 21, features Emma Walton Hamilton, who will speak about her writing collaboration with her mother, Julie Andrews, and her own efforts to promote literacy.  On Friday, while the authors speak in schools, festival goers can tour the nearby Weston Woods studios in the morning and hear Sharon McQueen in the afternoon talk about her extensive research into the history of the historic collaborative work between author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson (for whom the festival is named).
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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. Jennifer in GA says:

    Sorry to hijack, Betsy, but awhile back you linked to a blog that was doing a poll of the Top 100 YA books. I never got around to sending in my choices, and I lost the link in a computer crash. I’d love to know what ended up on the list. Can you provide the link again, please?


    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Hmm. Good question, Jennifer. I’m actually not sure. A couple folks have done Top 100 YA books polls. I bet if you Google it they’ll come up. But I can’t quite remember off the top of my head.

  2. Practically Paradise, one of the SLJ blogs is still counting down the top 100 YA, she is down to #50 I believe.

  3. Thanks for the plug for Rabbit Hill, Betsy! It’s the best little festival around and it’s a quick train ride out of NY, so I hope a lot of city folk can come.