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On Saturday morning, April 10, author Lois Lowry will be honored as the recipient of the 2004 Kerlan Award. The award is presented annually “in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.” Her 1990 novel Number the Stars and 1993 novel The Giver both won Newbery Medals. Lowry’s next novel Messenger will be released in April, 2004. Her most recent novel, The Silent Boy, showcases her award-winning storytelling.
The Kerlan Collection holds production materials for fifteen of Lowry’s titles including both her Newbery Medal books, The Silent Boy, several of the well known Anastasia series, and correspondence, notes, and clippings.
The ceremony will begin with a breakfast buffet starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus. The award presentations start at 10:30 a.m. A selection of Lowry manuscript pages will be on display. The Red Balloon Bookshop will sell books before and after the breakfast buffet and Lois will autograph her books after the award ceremony.
The Event is co-sponsored by the Kerlan Friends and Houghton Mifflin.
To attend please use the reservation form on page seven of this newsletter. For further information, please call (612) 624-4576
From the Curator
Newbery and Caldecott Award Projects in
Irvin Kerlan MD, the founder in 1949 of the collection named for him,
collected Newbery and Caldecott Award books in first printing, and compiled
a bibliography of them published by the University of Minnesota Press
the same year. If he didn't meet the author in person, he mailed the
book to the author with a request for an inscription.
The Caldecott Award was equally important to Dr. Kerlan, and he asked for studies,
dummies and even the final art. Edgar and Ingri Parin d'Aulaire, James Daugherty,
Marguerite De Angeli, Roger Duvoisin, Marie Hall Ets, Elmer and Berta Hader,
Robert Lawson, Katherine Milhous, Nicolas Mordvinoff, Leo Politi, Feodor
Rojankovsky, Maurice Sendak, Nicolas Sidjakov, Marc Simont, Louis Slobodkin,
Lynd Ward, and Leonard Weisgard were among Caldecott Award artists who gave
some drawings to Dr. Kerlan and his collection by 1963.
Acquisition has continued with the Award books and accompanying materials.
To date, manuscripts for at least twenty Newbery Award books reside in the
Kerlan Collection. Christopher Paul Curtis' Bud, Not Buddy arrived in conjunction
with his afternoon program Talking Volumes with Minnesota Public Radio. Even
before Minnesotan Kate Di Camillo's The Tale of Despereaux was named the
2004 Newbery Award book, the author already placed the manuscript drafts,
and notes in the Kerlan Collection.
Original manuscript material for Kate DiCamillo’s 2004 Newbery Medal Book The Tale of Despereaux.
Caldecott Award and Honor Books are represented by studies, dummies and occasionally
the final art. Another Minnesotan, Stephen Gammell, gave two Caldecott Award
winning drawings for Song and Dance Man. David Small presented preliminary
work for Honor title The Gardener.
Author Sarah Stewart and Illustrator David Small. Photo from Kerlan Collection.
--Karen Nelson Hoyle, Curator
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Friday and Saturday, April 2-3 Festival of Children’s Literature presented by the Loft Literary Center at Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. Two days of lively, information filled sessions. Friday features in-depth workshops from William Durbin, Anne Ylvisaker and Lisa Bullard. Saturday includes both full-group and breakout sessions, many focused on the ins and outs of the publishing world. Visit www.loft.org or call 612-215-2575 for more information.
Saturday, April 10 2004 Kerlan Award Breakfast. See page 1 and page 7 of this newsletter for more information.
Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 Children's Literature Network
and Minnesota SCBWI are co-sponsoring a conference for authors and illustrators, Growing
Your Career in Children's Books, featuring keynote speakers Marion Dane
Bauer, author, and Simon Boughton, publisher, Roaring Brook Press. Thirty-three
speakers such as Karen Nelson Hoyle, John Coy, and Jane Kurtz will talk
about marketing, school visits, editorial considerations, preserving
documents, contracts, and more.
Sunday, April 25 Minnesota Book Awards Announcements. See page 5 for more information.
Festival of Nations, Friday - Sunday, April 30, May 1-2
2004 Minnesota Book Award Readings. Friends of the Library and the University of Minnesota Bookstore (East Bank Coffman Union) will host some author finalists for the 2004 Minnesota Book Award for readings and autographs during an evening in May. The categories this year are Children's Literature, Novel and Short Story and Poetry. For up-to-date information, please visit http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/comingevents.html
Sunday, May 16 16th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. The 16th Annual Minnesota Book Awards and Awards Festival are scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2004, noon to 6:00 p.m. at Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. Visit http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/Book/2004.htm for more information.
Tuesday, June 22 2004 Naomi C. Chase Lecture. Avi, 2003 Newbery Medal winner for Crispin: The Cross of Lead, speaks at 120 Andersen Library. Check the Summer newsletter for time.
Wednesday, August 4 Gerald Mc Dermott Lecture. Join the award winning illustrator for a public lecture in Andersen Library 120.
From the Kerlan Friends President
Despite the sometime terrible winters (it's well below zero as I write this) I still think we are lucky to be here -- and one of the principal reasons is the wonderful book community that surrounds us. We have some of the best booksellers and publishers in the nation, a large group of talented and prolific authors and illustrators who labor to give us new treasures each year, committed teachers and librarians who bring the best literature to children each day, colleges and universities that value children's literature, and, of course, the Kerlan.
March 2004 celebrates the fifty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's donation of his private collection of 6,000 children's books, original art and manuscripts to the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kerlan continued to collect until his death in 1963 when his collection held nearly 8,500 titles.
Today, in February 2004, the collection contains more than 100,000 books, 10,000 titles represented by manuscripts and/or art and more than one million individual pieces of art. What a reason to celebrate! We have access to one of the premier collections of children's literature in the world.
The Kerlan Friends are also celebrating an anniversary this year-- thirty-five and going strong. Their goals, among others, include fundraising, working with the University and the curator to bring the best children's authors to the area, publicity, making the collection more available to the public, and sponsoring the annual Kerlan Award event. The 2004 award, under the leadership of Karen Bihrle, will be given to Lois Lowry, two-time Newbery winner, on April 10, 2004.
Some 2003-04 activities:
Thanks to all of you who have helped the Kerlan this year, by volunteering your talent and time or for your financial support. The Kerlan needs all of us to remain a vital and vibrant National Treasure.
Kerlan Friends Renewals, New Members and Gifts from January 1 - February 6, 2004. Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership or gave a donation.
Nina Battistini; Lewis Beccone; David Byer; Lois M Haynes; Karen Nelson Hoyle; Christa Kamenetsky; George Kreutzer; Mary Lanford; David LaRochelle; Ruth McMartin; Edythe Miller; Adelaide Schwabacher; J.R. Sorenson; Donna Swindal; Margaret Virum; Vienna Volante
CLRC Gifts and Endowments. Thanks to the following people or
organizations who made donations to the CLRC
Dorothy Lind Woolery Children’s Book Endowment
Minnesota Book Awards Event
CLRC and the Kerlan Friends will participate in the literary afternoon preceding the Minnesota Book Awards announcements on Sunday, April 25. The 2004 Minnesota Book Awards will feature, for the first time, a festival of award-winning Minnesota books and writers.
Kerlan Collection donor and local children’s book author John Coy and Illustrator Carolyn Fisher are scheduled to participate.
The Book Awards and Festival will take place on Sunday, April 25, at Landmark Center in St. Paul. Beginning at noon, the Festival will feature readings, seminars, author discussions, and book programs sponsored by Minnesota book and author organizations.
At 5:00 p.m., the Minnesota Book Awards ceremony will take place in the cortile of Landmark Center.
Please visit http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/Book/festival.htm for more information.
Betsy Bowen Award Ceremony
Betsy Bowen, Kerlan donor, is the recipient of the 2004 A.P. Anderson Award in recognition of her many remarkable contributions to the artistic and cultural life of Minnesota. In becoming the 2004 recipient, Bowen joins a stellar group of past honorees: Robert Bly, poet, translator, and editor; Joe Dowling, Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theatre; Patricia Hampl, memoirist; Libby Larsen, composer; and Siah Armajani, sculptor and public artist.
New Pirate Collection
Lionel Johnson gave 450 more books--his Pirate Collection--as an adjunct to the Illustrated Treasure Island Collection that came in 2000. Exhibit artifacts, such as two non-firing replica guns, a pirate flag and a saber, accompany the gift. Shipping staff member Ryan Hanson introduced his infant daughter Alainn to Mr. Johnson.
Illustrated Treasure Island and Pirate Collection donor Lionel Johnson with library staff member Ryan Hanson and daughter Alainn.
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These materials have been donated by the authors and/or illustrators and their families or third parties. Titles of new acquisitions are not listed if already reported in The Kerlan Collection: Manuscripts and Illustrations (1985) or in previous newsletters. Key: MS-manuscripts, IL-illustrations, TMS-translator’s manuscripts; published titles are indicated by italics.
Atkinson, Margaret Fleming: MS & IL It’s Fun to Help at Home. Gift of The Honorable Elmer L. Andersen.
Domanska, Janina: IL What Happens Next? Gift of Susan Hirschman.
Galdone, Paul: IL Battle of the Kegs; Far Frontier; Goloff; Hans in Luck; Keep Calm, If You Can; Little Boy and the Birthdays; Miss Osborne the Mop; Norma Lee, I Don’t Knock on Doors; Obedient Jack; Rendezvous in Singapore; That’s Right Edie; What’s the Prize, Lincoln?; Woody’s Big Trouble
Grimes, Nikki: MS What is Goodbye?
Harrison, Elizabeth: Adaptation The Stone-Cutter: A Japanese Legend. Gift of The Honorable E.L. Andersen.
Hurwitz, Johanna: MS Elisa Michaels, Bigger and Better
Kehret, Peg: MS Escaping the Giant Wave
Lowry, Lois: MS The Silent Boy
Walter Dean Myers. Photo from Collection
Sorenson, Margo: MS Funny Man Gets Rolling
Wronker, Lili Cassell: IL Cover art for Wee Wisdom Magazine
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Nick Clark from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art selected art for upcoming exhibits.
Nick Clark. Photo from Collection
Lee Galda’s Special Collections in Children’s Literature class is meeting at the CLRC this semester.
St. Catherine’s Library Science student Elizabeth Langley researched Special Collections
Graduate student Peter Shea studied Arnold Lobel, the Dover School and Philosophical children’s fiction.
Crispin the Cross of Lead by Avi, Hyperion, 2002
2004 Naomi C. Chase Lecture
Andrine Pollen Talk
Andrine Pollen from Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) will give an English language talk on Norwegian Contemporary Children's Literature on Saturday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Andersen Library Room 120. Andrine Pollen was born in 1968 and studied comparative literature, German and Communication Studies. Formerly a lecturer at Teacher Training Colleges in Norway, she now advises NORLA on Fiction & Non-fiction. Also a Specialist in Children's Literature, she has written several articles. The event, co-sponsored by NORLA and the CLRC, is free and open to the public. Refreshments and an opportunity to chat individually with the speaker will follow. Please RSVP and confirm the date at 612-624-4576.
The CLRC Kerlan Collection is an internationally recognized center of research in the field of children's literature. The Collection contains original materials, including manuscripts, artwork, galleys, and color proofs for more than 10,000 children's books. These materials represent eight decades of American children's books and selected books published in other countries. The Collection also includes more than 100,000 children's books.
The Spring 2004 Newsletter is co-sponsored by Kerlan Friends and CLRC.
Editor: Karen Nelson Hoyle
Production Editor: John Barneson
Children's Literature Research Collections
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