Words Pictures Festival sure to instill love of local literature

first_imgIt shouldn’t be a surprise that childhood readers tend to grow into adults with busy, successful brains. According to the National Education Association, stuffing your child’s environment full of books, reading as a family activity and independent childhood reading all help build vocabulary, curiosity, insight, motivation and a strong sense of self. And early readers go on to greater socioeconomic success than early non-readers.Those are the facts. The softer truth, according to Scholastic, the purveyor of affordable books for students, is that childhood reading is “a crucial component in the development in a curious mind, a gentle spirit and a loving and empathetic heart.” Meanwhile, there’s been a recent buzz in literary circles about banishing the guilt grown-ups feel when enjoying — really, really enjoying — books aimed at their children. (Raise your hand if you know your Harry Potter trivia just as well as your kids do. See all those hands?)Grown-ups who want to pass their love of books to their children should hurry over to the Cascade Park Community Library on Saturday for the second annual Words & Pictures Festival, a gathering of 25 local authors and illustrators who write and create for children — and adults, too. (The emphasis is on literature aimed at young people, but some of the presenters are the creators of grown-up graphic novels, detective mysteries, sci-fi and fantasy adventures.)The event is free, with readings and art demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Books will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble. Here’s the whole schedule:Picture book and middle-grade creators in the Children’s Area:• 12:30 p.m., Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan.• 1 p.m., Stephanie Campisi.• 1:30 p.m., Peter McCleery.• 2:30 p.m., Stephanie Shaw.• 2 p.m., Barry Deutsch.Adult and young adult creators in the Conference Room:• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., graphic novels and comics with Barry Deutsch, Becky Hawkins and Sloane Leong.• 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., readings by Curtis Chen, Cal Spivey, David Levine and Jessie Kwak.• 1:15 to 2 p.m., readings by Heidi Mason, Randal Houle, Sheryl Scarborough and Brian Tashima.“Not a Pipe Publishing” presentation and readings, Fireside area:• 2 to 3 p.m., “The Year of Publishing Women” with Benjamin Gorman; readings by Mikko Azul, Karen Eisenbrey, Benjamin Gorman, Debby Dodds and Heather Ransom.last_img

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