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PEN: Who Tells the Story? Children’s Book Writers Talk About Voice

Where: Greenwich House Music School, Renee Weiler Concert Hall, 46 Barrow St., New York City

Must the writer get inside the head of the child in order to find an authentic voice for a young character? Or does the authentic voice come from someplace else? Three distinguished writers share ideas about how their lives shape their books. With Nicaraguan novelist and poet Gioconda Belli, author of the children’s book The Butterfly Workshop; Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist and author of the New York Times bestseller When You Reach Me; and Peter Lerangis, author of 160 books for children and young adults, including two in the New York Times_–bestselling series _The 39 Clues. Moderated by Lisa Von Drasek, Children’s Librarian at the Bank Street College of Educations, blogger for EarlyWord.com, and contributor to the Barnes and Noble Review.

With Giaconda Belli, Peter Lerangis, and Rebecca Stead; moderated by Jenny Brown

Tickets: $10/$5 PEN Members, students with valid ID. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit ovationtix.com

Co-sponsored by PEN’s Children’s Book Committee

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