February 21-23, 2020
Pre-Convention Thu., Feb. 20
February 21-23, 2020
Pre-Convention Thu., Feb. 20
February 12-14, 2010
Marriott Los Angeles Airport
5855 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles
with the James Gray Memorial Pre-Convention:
Improving Students’ Academic Writing (ISAW):
Traveling the Road to Success
Sponsored by the California Writing Project
Reading and Writing
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Teaching College Students
GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender)
Friday General Session
His highly acclaimed work has garnered the Nautilus Award Grand Prize, given to books that promote a better world, as well as many other book awards and honors from the American Library Association and the International Reading Association. In the words of author Madeleine L’Engle, T.A. Barron’s books are “a rare gift to be treasured for a lifetime.” Robert Redford declared that “T.A. Barron’s appreciation for nature shines through” his “extraordinary” work. And Book Sense labeled his books “the best of the best that is being written in children’s literature.”
T. A. Barron’s novels include: The Lost Years of Merlin epic (currently being developed into a feature film); the new Merlin’s Dragon trilogy; The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy (a New York Times best seller); and The Ancient One (the story of a brave girl and a great redwood tree). He has also written several books for young readers, including Tree Girl and the illustrated children’s books High as a Hawk, The Day the Stones Walked, and Where is Grandpa?. He greatly enjoys any chance to write nature books about Colorado’s magnificent wilderness. His non-fiction book, The Hero’s Trail, describes how any person from any background can make a positive difference to the world.
T.A. Barron also founded a national award to honor outstanding young people. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes (which he named after his mother) recognizes extraordinary, public-spirited young people from all backgrounds, in the hope that their examples will inspire others. He produced a documentary film, Dream Big, profiling seven young winners of the Barron Prize.
In addition, Tom (as he is called by friends and family) serves on many boards. These include the Princeton University board of trustees, where he helped to found the Princeton Environmental Institute; and The Wilderness Society, which recently honored him with its highest award for conservation work to protect America’s wilderness. Barron often speaks about “The Hero in Every Child” and “The Inspiration of Nature” at conventions, book events, universities, and community gatherings. But his favorite pastime remains hiking on mountain trails in Colorado with his wife, Currie, and their children.
Saturday General Session
Michele was still a student at Santa Monica City College when her first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published. When the original publisher of Chicana Falsa ceased business, Michele continued to sell copies from her garage. In 1998, Riverhead Books (Penguin/Putnam) reissued Chicana Falsa and as well as How to be a Chicana Role Model. The latter instantly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
In 2002, Michele wrote for the ABC television sitcom, The George Lopez Show. “An opportunity,” she says, “that hopefully with my contribution opens the door for a wider representation of Latinos in the mass media.”
Photo with Michele and the horse by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug-addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California. Nazario has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine.
Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She is now at work on her second book.
She began her career at The Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In 1993, she joined the Los Angeles Times. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Come to dinner and a theater experience featuring East West Players.
Dinner will include a buffet in the hotel; the theatrical experience will include East West Players’ Theatre for Youth touring production of DAWN’S LIGHT: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi by Jeanne Sakata. During the Japanese internment of WWII, college student Gordon Hirabayashi fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his Constitutional beliefs as he journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs and failures.
East West Players’ Theatre for Youth was created in the early 1970s to promote cultural understanding and racial tolerance among youth and offers new ways to see the world through performance-based and participatory theatrical programs that stimulate students to discover Asian Pacific people and cultures.
Saturday CYRM Luncheon
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book, What is Goodbye?, the novels Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons,and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
Saturday Night Banquet
Internationally Acclaimed Poet, Performer, Writer, and Musician
She performs internationally solo and with her band Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band (for which she sings and plays saxophone and flutes), and premiered a preview of her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light at the Public Theater in NYC and opened at the Wells Fargo Theater in LA March 2009. She co-wrote the signature film of the National Museum of the American Indian, A Thousand Roads. She is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii where she is a member of the Hui Nalu Canoe Club and in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Photo with saxophone by Paul Abdoo