Booktalking about GRAPHIC NOVELS
Graphic novels!! This is the focus for the next SCBWI
Booktalk. Interested? Please read on.
You or someone you know might be interested. Come and
join us, and please forward this message to others.
Are you someone who has a keen interest in children’s
Perhaps you are a writer or illustrator of children’s
Or maybe someone who’s aspiring to become one?
If that’s the case, come and join us!
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*When :* Monday June 12, 2006 from 6 to 9 pm
*Where :* Figaro Greenbelt 3, Makati
*What :* Booktalk, followed by a round-table
*For :* Children’s writers, illustrators, book
designers, editors, translators, storytellers,
counselors, publishers, booksellers, librarians,
collectors, educators, teachers, parents, and other
kinds of creators, advocates and passionate lovers of
*Bring :* A children’s or young adult book for you to
*Important :* This time, you must bring a graphic
novel that’s geared towards children or young adults.
The keywords? Neil Gaiman… Arnold Arre… Witch…
etc, etc. We know how graphic novel enthusiasts can go
on and on, so please, see the booktalk guidelines
below. This should be fun. And illuminating. And
energizing. And inspiring. And for some, maybe even
*How :* Depending on the size of the group, we first
give each person anywhere from one to three minutes to
speak. We then have a round-table discussion – about
the books that we brought, and whatever other topics
these books suggest as long as it’s related to
children’s and young adult books. Everyone present is
encouraged to ask questions, offer some answers,
solicit advice, give suggestions, share their
experience. It’s usually fun, enlightening, inspiring,
sometimes dismaying or even disturbing, always
stimulating and thought-provoking.
*Booktalk guidelines :* We actually have very few
rules, and one of them, we decided, is that when you
booktalk, please DO NOT give us a summary of the book.
Two or three sentences telling us what the story is
about is fine.
The rest of your booktalk should tell us what else you
considered worth noting about the book – the writer’s
writing style, the writer’s other books maybe, the
writer’s life and career, the price of the book (not a
small thing!), the state of the book (worn and
tattered and obviously well used, perhaps), the
quality or type of illustrations, the book design, the
life and career of the illustrator, the book’s
production quality, the beautiful (or pitiful) paper
for the inside pages, a profile of the book’s
publisher, the reason why you chose to bring this
particular book, what is it about this book that makes
you feel inspired, enlightened, happy, comforted,
dismayed, disturbed, sad, calm, agitated, etc. Is it a
book you read and liked in childhood? Is it a book you
continue to read and like in adulthood? Is it a book
you would love other children to read? Is it a book
you wish you wrote? Or illustrated? Is it a book you
think should be given to all children? Or a book you
think should be given carefully and selectively? Etc.,
etc. (Now you know why some of us have to be told we
talked beyond the time limit!)
*Host :* SCBWIphilasia, the Philippine chapter of the
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.
Everyone is welcome – members, non-members, friends.
*Fee :* P170, inclusive of one coffee or iced tea. For
SCBWI members, pay only P120. Please tell us if you’re
Ani Almario, 0917-628-7546,
Nikki Garde Torres, 0917-6671267,
Beaulah at 0917-787-4956,
got this fr an egroups that i am a member of… thought some of you might be intersted. i might come if i have extra money hmmm… wonder if i own any childrens graphic nov???????