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Author Rita Williams-Garcia and Illustrator Sophie Blackall to attend StoryfestSC June 3

May 28, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
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The South Carolina State Library is proud to announce that award-winning authors/illustrators Rita Williams-Garcia and Sophie Blackall will be featured at StoryfestSC 2017-the state's summer reading kick-off event!

StoryfestSC, which will be held on June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., exposes families to children's authors and the art of storytelling to foster an excitement for reading. StoryfestSC will be held at the SC State Museum and is free to the public. All South Carolina libraries participate in a coordinated summer reading program and this year's theme is "Build a Better World."

Events include presentations and book signings by each author, a Readers' Theater, storytelling for all ages, crafts, face painting, and visits from literacy friends Cocky & the Clemson Tiger.

To learn more about StoryfestSC visit the SCSL website.

Lean more about Williams-Garcia and Blackall below:

Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers.  Her most recent titles are GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA, P.S. BE ELEVEN, ONE CRAZY SUMMER, and the forthcoming CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND.  She is the author of two picture books, and her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies.  

She is a three-time winner for the Coretta Scott King Author Award and a two-time National Book Award Finalist.  Her multiple-award winning novel, ONE CRAZY SUMMER was also the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, a Newbery Honor, and the Parents Choice Award, and has been listed on many state reading lists.  She was the 2012 Charlotte Zolotow lecturer and the 2015 Virginia Hamilton lecturer.  

Ms. Williams-Garcia served on the faculty at the VCFA MFA in Writing for Children program and she resides in Jamaica, Queens, New York with her husband.  

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over 30 books for children, including the New York Times best selling series, Ivy and Bean and most recently, The Witches of Benevento with John Bemelmans Marciano. 

She won the 2016 Caldecott medal for her book Finding Winnie and has received four New York Times Best Picture Book Awards. 

Originally from Australia, she lives in New York and shares a studio in an old garment factory in Brooklyn with four other illustrators and teetering piles of books.

View more information and print the flyer here

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