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Get Your Tickets for the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture

Get your free tickets to the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Pat Mora
Get your free tickets to the 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Pat Mora (image courtesy of Pat Mora)

ALSC and the Santa Barbara Public Library System announced that tickets for the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora are now available.

The lecture, titled “Bookjoy! ¡Alegría en los libros!,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Santa Barbara City College’s Garvin theatre. Required tickets are free for the lecture and must be obtained through the Santa Barbara Public Library System. To learn more about acquiring tickets and event details, please visit the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture website. Hotel information is available on the Arbuthnot website.

About Pat Mora

Pioneering author and literacy advocate Pat Mora has written more than three dozen books for young people that represent the Mexican American experience. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Mora grew up bilingual and bicultural. With degrees in English and speech, she was a teacher and university administrator before writing children’s books. Known for her lyrical style, Mora’s poetry and prose have won numerous awards, including a 2005 Belpré Honor Medal for text for “Doña Flor: A Tall Tale of a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart,” published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, and illustrated by Raul Colón. Her generosity for sharing “bookjoy,” the phrase she coined for the power and pleasure of words, led Mora to launch El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), or “Día,” which will observe its 20th anniversary in 2016.

Arbuthnot History

The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is sponsored by ALSC. The lecture title honors May Hill Arbuthnot, distinguished writer, editor and children’s literature scholar. Each year, an author, artist, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature is selected to prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.

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