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2017 Keynote Speaker and Success Story Speaker

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings

2017 Keynote Speaker

Pat Cummings is the author and/or illustrator of over 35 books for young readers. She also edited the award-winning series, Talking With Artists, which profiles prominent children's book illustrators. Her children’s book classes at Parsons and Pratt list a growing number of notable illustrator/authors among their graduates. Along with speaking about children’s literature at schools, universities and organizations, both domestically and abroad, she conducts a summer Children’s Book Boot Camp that brings writers and illustrators together with top editors and art directors from major publishing houses. Pat serves on the boards of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The Authors Guild, The Authors League Foundation and The Authors League Fund and is a member of The Writers Guild of America, East. She is also Chair of the Founders Award Jury for the Society of Illustrators’ Annual Original Art Show. Her most recent picture book, Beauty and the Beast, from HarperCollins Children’s Books, was translated from the original French classic and retold by her husband, H. Chuku Lee, a founding member of NABJA. In addition to the Coretta Scott King, the Orbis Pictus and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards, Pat Cummings is the recipient of nine t-shirts, eighteen mugs, three hundred twenty-two ballerina drawings and one dixie-straw model of a nitrogen molecule from readers. She can be reached at www.patcummings.com. or followed on Twitter @PatCummingsBook.

Each year a formerly unpublished conference attendee, who has gone on to publish in the field of children's literature, shares his or her experience with aspiring authors and illustrators.

Sheela Chari

Kate Dopirak

2017 Success Story Speaker

Kate Dopirak loves walking her puppy, watching her sons play sports, and convincing her husband to share a cheese plate instead of wings. She also loves to write for kids. Kate is represented by Adams Literary and is the author of You're My Boo (Simon & Schuster, 2016), Snuggle Bunny (Scholastic, 2016), and the upcoming Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car (Simon & Schuster, 2018).  Find out more about her by visiting her website: www.katedopirak.com.

Twitter: @katedopirak

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