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Kidlit Drink Night: SCBWI Edition

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.  Of where the heck Victoria Stapleton go her shoes and ships and sealing wax, of castles and of kings.  And when the next Kidlit Drink Night will be held (and whether pigs have wings).  For now we’ll limit ourselves to just the Kidlit Drink Night question, and lucky us, we’re going to continue the tradition of holding one at the beginning of the Midwinter SCBWI meeting in New York City.  Alas, my partner in crime (and the woman who seriously does ALL the legwork and planning for these events) Cheryl Klein will not be in attendance this year.  Please inform Kindling Words that they need to stop hosting their events at the same times as the NYC SCBWI event.  Or maybe it’s the other way around . . .

Always assuming you folks are interested, here are the details as they stand.  And, as per usual, you are ALL welcome to attend!

Where: The Wheeltapper Pub, 141 East 44th Street (near Lexington Avenue).  Specifically, the backroom.

When: Friday, January 28th, 9 p.m.-ish

Who: You.  And your friends.  And your friends’ friends.  Really, we’d just love to have you.  The more the merrier (just so long as you don’t mind talking children’s literature).  We can all grouse together about the ALA Media Awards too, y’know.  And if you like you can touch the baby bump for good luck.  It’s a well-established fact that blogger baby bumps of Birds are by far the luckiest in the biz.  True story.

See you then!

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. SCBWI Midwinter chose the Kindling Words weekend just after Kindling Words started to really get popular, proving that a midwinter meeting was a viable option. Kindling Words chose the last weekend in January more than 15 years ago because it was a completely empty time in the calendar year, but we struggled for years to convince people that getting out in the snow was a good thing for sparking fresh new ideas. We’ve always felt a little bit betrayed that the bigger, money-making organization usurped our time slot, forcing people to make a decision between them. Big sad face!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Ah ha! Well, Alison, I can more than understand that. It’s actually somewhat pleasing to think that the world of children’s literature has grown so large that different groups of enthusiasts can battle out various weekends (and both will have ample attendees, too). Thanks for the clarification!

  2. Victoria Stapleton says:

    Me and my shoes have gone to San Diego where ’tis warm and sunny. But we may have to come back to NYC for such an august event.

  3. Hurray! So glad the kidlit drink night during the Winter SCBWI conference tradition will continue!
    And I can’t wait to talk to that walrus…
    Namaste and a Hug,

  4. Yay! Sounds fun!

  5. hey i’m coming from england to attend the NYC conference for the first time – so glad there’s some night-before socializing … hope to meet lots of kids lit obsessives there!


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