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UBC Graduate Student Research Conference in Children’s Literature, Sat. May 3

“I Will Be Myself”: Identity in Children’s Literature, Media and Culture, is now open.

The conference will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Vancouver campus, University of British Columbia. Graduate students from across North America will present their research in creative writing, library and information studies, English, Education, and other disciplines. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Phillip Serrato, San Diego State University, whose research is in gender, sexuality and identity in children’s and adolescent literature.

To register ($18 for students and $35 for faculty and professionals) please refer to our website at:

#Serendipity14 Program

8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Book Sales, Author Autographing

8:35 Welcome. Shannon Ozirny, MC (@ShannonOzirny, @VanChLit)

8:45 Tim Federle (@TimFederle): Author of Better Nate Than Ever; Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Tequila Mockingbird. Introduced by Robert Bittner

9:45 Arthur Slade (@arthurslade): Author of the Governor General’s Award‐winning Dust, the Hunchback Assignments series, and the forthcoming Modo: Ember’s End. Introduced by Rachel Balko

10:45 Coffee Break and book sales from Vancouver Kidsbooks

11:00 Paul O. Zelinsky (@paulozelinsky): Caldecott Medal‐winning illustrator of 30+ books including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Swamp Angel, and Z Is for Moose. Introduced by Bryannie Kirk

12:00 Lunch, served on the second floor

12:20 Talent Pun (@talentpun): Creative Director for Loud Crow Interactive
Learn more about designing award‐winning apps such as Busytown Mysteries, Goodnight Moon, and Barnyard Dance from this art director, designer, and illustrator. Introduced by Shannon Ozirny

12:55   Comfort break

1:15   John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads) and Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes): Two elementary teacher‐librarians explain how they use technology to connect children, books, and authors. Introduced by Danielle Wing

2:00 Hadley Dyer (@hedyer): Winner of the 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award for Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City. Introduced by Samantha Fraenkel, Information Book Award Chair

2:30 Digital Children’s Literature Panel Featuring Paul O. Zelinsky, Tim Federle, Arthur Slade, John Schumacher, and Travis Jonker. Moderated by Professor Eric Meyers

3:00 Author Autographing

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day a success: Alison Acheson, Rachel Balko, Robert Bittner, Norma Charles, Margot Filipenko, Jane Flick, Samantha Fraenkel, Kallie George, Christianne Hayward, Bryannie Kirk, Laura MacDonald, Eric Meyers, Jo-­Anne Naslund, Cynthia Nugent, Shannon Ozirny, Judith Saltman, Kathryn Shoemaker, Phyllis Simon, Kat Thomson, Karen Taylor, Yukiko Tosa, Kay Weisman, Danielle Wing.

And to Vancouver Kidsbooks, our continuing supporter at Serendipity and other VCLR Events.

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Be at Serendipty 2014

10.  You want to find out how Mr. Schu can possibly work and tweet 24/7!
9.  You can’t wait to hear about Paul O. Zelinsky’s trip to see the aurora borealis in Whitehorse.
8.  You still can’t figure out how Arthur Slade used crowd sourcing to fund his latest book.
7.  You’re curious to know what real experience Hadley Dyer has growing potatoes, anyway.
6. You love lunches from Calhouns.
5. You’re selecting new apps for the library and you’ve heard Loud Crow has some good ones.
4.  You’re certain Travis Jonker must have secret Internet bots that find all those great links for him.
3.  You need to know all about Tim Federle‘s  upcoming Theater Kid Chronicles.
2.  You’re excited to purchase some of our presenters’ books from Vancouver Kidsbooks.
1.  Because everyone you know will be there!

Click here to register.