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Neev Literature Festival Hosts A Conversation Between Children's Book Industry Leaders And A Book Club For Young Adults

The 2020 Neev Literature Festival is hosting two special online sessions this month as part of its year-long festival on the theme of 'Diversity and the Representation of Different Childhoods in Children's Books.'

Being able to relate to characters in books and their stories is important for readers of all ages, but especially for children, to instill in them a love for reading. Reading about the mortal sides of their heroes helps them draw inspiration. Reading about the places they have visited, or encounters similar to their own experiences, helps them view incidents from a new perspective. The 2020 Neev Literature Festival is hosting two special online sessions this month as part of its year-long festival on the theme of 'Diversity and the Representation of Different Childhoods in Children's Books.'

Session 1: In Conversation with Emily Drabble & Sayoni Basu

Date: November 20 I Time: 5.30 - 6.30 pm IST

The audience will get an opportunity to listen to Emily Drabble, Head of Children’s Book Promotion and Prizes at the London-based reading for pleasure charity BookTrust, in conversation with one of India’s leading children’s book editors, Sayoni Basu. Emily was a journalist with The Guardian earlier and edited the publication's Children's Books website. The session at NLF Imaginary Lines will address important questions, including: Why is it important for children to see themselves in books? How are different childhoods represented in books? Is there scope for academia to study the impact of children's literature?

Session: 2: NLF Imaginary Lines Book Club with Vancouver-based Elizabeth Stewart

November 20 | Time: 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm IST

November 28 | 10.00 am -11.00 am IST 

The second session is a part of the NLF Imaginary Lines Book Club in which the audience will get to interact with Elizabeth Stewart, the author of Blue Gold–her young adult novel aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds. This novel weaves together the stories of 3 teenagers from the countries of North America, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and China. Unknown to them, they are connected by the conflict mineral: coltan, which is used in several electronic appliances; most popularly in our cell phones. The author will touch upon the context surrounding the book, her motivations for writing it and her perspective on particular chapters. 


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