Susan at Raab Associates asked me to pass along the following announcement about the SCBWI Conference, New York (February 4-5, 2006).
This year's conference features a special President's panel with the top executives from four major children's publishers - including Chip Gibson (Random House Children's Books), who many now recognize from his guest TV appearance on Martha Stewart's Apprentice; Lisa Holton (who recently joined Scholastic from Hyperion); Rick Richter (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing) and Doug Whiteman (Penguin Books for Young Readers). Featured authors include Marc Brown, Nikki Giovanni, David Almond and Francine Pascal. A limited number of press passes are available upon request for the afternoon President's session, which will be held Saturday, February 4 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
This conference provides a unique opportunity for published and aspiring authors and illustrators to meet with experts in the field, including publishers, literary agents, editors, art directors and prominent authors and illustrators. SCBWI Executive Director and President, Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser, are available for interviews, and can discuss changes in the industry and how their love of the children's field has made the SCBWI the largest children's writing organization in the world. Mooser, a former magazine reporter and documentary filmmaker, is the author of over 60 books for children. Oliver, formerly the Senior Vice President of Television and Home Video at MCA/Universal, now runs her own production company, Lin Oliver Productions. Among her projects are the animated feature of E.B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan and the Emmy-nominated Showtime Family Film, Finding Buck McHenry. She is also co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the Hank Zipzer series.
For more information, including how to register and a complete list of session speakers and faculty bios, visit: http://www.scbwi.org/events.htm.