Announcing the Twelfth Annual Jewish Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference

The Jewish Book Council has announced the Twelfth Annual Jewish Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference to be held on Sunday, November 21, at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Many of you may have known this conference previously as the one at the 92nd Street Y.

Speakers include authors Yona Zeldis McDonough, Laurie Toffler-Corrie, and author-illustrator Ann Koffsky; editors Stephanie Lurie of Disney-Hyperion, Kendra Levin of Viking, and Mark Levine of Behrman House; agent Elana Roth of the Caren Johnson  Literary Agency; art director Robbin Gourley of Boyds Mills Press; Natalie Blitt of PJ Library; and Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award representative Aileen Grossberg and Sydney Taylor Book Award representative Kathe Pinchuck.

Check out the JBC website for more information and to register. I look forward to seeing you there!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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5 Responses to Announcing the Twelfth Annual Jewish Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference

  1. Ann Koffsky says:

    I look forward to it every year! Chag Sameach.

  2. Pamela Ross says:

    Dear Barbara:

    Peace and love from Pamela Ross.

    Hope you remember me, Barbara. I feel adrift and guilty (surprise, surprise!) I haven’t attended the Jewish Writer’s conference in the last two Novembers. I miss seeing you and sharing that wonderful day with all of our writer friends.

    So thrilled to see the announcement go Live for this year’s conference. It looks fabulous! If there’s a way, I am there.

    Is the format similar to the conference held at the 92nd St Y? Are First Pages gone from the program?

    Thanks again for keeping us together. No matter the place we call “home,” the conference is always a sweet day of learning, growing, and connecting with others who care about books more than life itself. ;>

    -Pamela Ross, and yes, I sound as melodramatic as my mother tells me I am ;}

    • Of course I remember you, Pamela! First Pages are indeed gone from the formal agenda (and have been for a while). I do not yet know from the Jewish Book Council whether it wants to continue to deliver First Pages packages to the speakers nor do I know about consultation sessions. But, I’m certain it will be a fabulous day and we have a new, exciting venue.

  3. Pamela Ross says:

    Hi Barbara: So glad I haven’t fallen off your radar. {} Hope you and yours are well and healthy and happy.

    I used to enjoy the First Page readings. I know in a one-day, jam-packed with speakers conference, the personal pages took up a lot of time. Ah yes, sending home the pages with the editorial panel was another bonus unique to your conference! Let us know what is decided by The Deciders. ;>

    Hope to see you there, Barbara. Be well and thanks again for all you do.


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