Monday, May 19, 2008

South African Children's Literature Seminar

South African Children's Literature Seminar

Saturday, July 12, 2008
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA

Co-Sponsored by Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Sciences Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature and South Africa Partners

Lectures and breakout sessions will include topics such as: Historical and contemporary South African children's literature
  • Reading African children's literature critically
  • Children's literature and society
  • Books in a globalized world
  • Storytelling tradition of Southern Africa
  • Introduction to the South Africa Partners' Masifunde Sonke: Let Us Read Together book project
In addition, your $50 registration fee includes: a continental breakfast, box lunch, and wine and cheese reception

Special Guest Speakers include:
Sindiwe Magona:
is a South African author, poet, playwright, story-teller, actor, and
inspirational speaker who recently retired from a career with the United
Nations. She is the author of 30 children's books including The Best Meal
Ever! and Life is a Hard but Beautiful Thing.

Elinor Sisulu:
is a South African writer and human rights activist. Her biography of her
mother and father-in-law Walter and Albertina Sisulu won her the 2003 NOMA
award for publishing in South Africa. The need for preserving history
through stories was her main motivation for writing the children's book
The Day Gogo Went to Vote, which won numerous awards, including the African
Studies Association's Best Children's Book Award.

Donnarae MacCann:
is a critic and scholar, specializing in African and African diaspora
children's literature. She co-authored Apartheid and Racism in South
African Children's Literature, 1985 - 1995 and African Images in Juvenile
Literature: Commentaries on Neocolonialist Fiction, among many other
relevant works.

To Register: Please visit<>
or call 617-443-1072.