Sunday, January 15, 2006

Special Weekend

The VC program traditionally includes a "special weekend" on a theme, featuring lectures, Q&A, and seminars with guest speakers. This weekend, our theme was "the picture book."

Our guest speakers included MK from FSG, MG, WW, JFH, and APS.


MK's seminar discussion of recent FSG picture books. She emphasized finding the emotional core, the emotional truth. Going deeper.

MG's reading from The Old Country (Roaring Brook, 2005), which is a book that has lingered unread on my shelf these past few months, but will absolutely go to the top of my pile once I return home--simply charming man. Spellbinding reading!

APS's fun, upbeat, healing presentation on non-fiction. She is an amazing speaker--I give her my highest recommendation to event planners.

WW's insightful discussion of her determined research process and her inspiring father's influence in her work.

JFH's shared talk with faculty chair KA on the long and dramatic story behind the story of Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How A First Lady Changed America (HarperCollins, 2005).

In other news, it's now really cold for the first time since I've been here--brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!