Thank you, SCBWI Bologna 2008

Thank you, SCBWI Bologna 2008–especially Anita Loughrey–for offering Cynsations feature interviews with your wonderful speakers! Have a great conference!

Read the entire SCBWI Bologna 2008 interview series!

And don’t miss today’s interview with author/SCBWI Bologna planner Erzsi Deak, who says, “Putting on a conference is great fun, in that you get immediate gratification. If you are an organization freak like I am,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Author Interview: Erzsi Deak

Erzsi Deak (pronounced “aire-zshee”); “Erzsi” is a Hungarian diminutive for “Elizabeth” (like “Beth” or “Betty”). She grew up believing that “Deak” meant “royal scribe,” but learned a few years ago that it’s closer to “Clark” or “Clerk.” The royal blood was good while it lasted. A journalist for more than twenty years, Erzsi has covered fashion and children’s features from Alaska to San Francisco to Paris. She has tramped the Alaska Pipeline looking for environmental problems,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Editorial Director Interview: Yolanda LeRoy of Charlesbridge

Yolanda LeRoy is editorial director at Charlesbridge, an independent Boston-area publisher. She has edited more than 100 books and has worked with Martha Alexander, Eve Bunting, Kathryn Lasky, David McPhail, Linda Sue Park (author interview), and Jane Yolen (author interview), among others. She was interviewed by Anita Loughrey in March 2008,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008: Art Director-Vice President Interview: Cecilia Yung of Penguin Books for Young Readers US

Cecilia Yung has worked in children’s publishing for more than twenty-five years. She is the Art Director and Vice President at Penguin Books for Young Readers in the U.S. Cecilia has worked with many major artists and award winners, such as David Small, Peggy Rathmann, Emily McCully and Ed Young. Anita Loughrey interviewed her in December 2007,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Publishing Director Interview: Laura Harris of Penguin Australia

Laura Harris is the Publishing Director of children’s books for Penguin Australia. She has worked with such highly acclaimed authors as Morris Gleitzman, Melina Marchetta and Mem Fox. She was interviewed by Anita Loughrey in November 2007, as one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference 2008 (scheduled for March 29 and March 30 in Bologna,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Author-Illustrator Interview: Jana Novotny Hunter

Jana Novotny Hunter was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in the U.K. She has written more than 50 books, including the award-winning Read My Lips. She lives by the River Thames with her dog and a piano. She was interviewed by Anita Loughrey in November 2007, as one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference 2008 (scheduled for March 29 and March 30 in Bologna,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Agent Interview: Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown Ltd.

Ginger Clark is a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. in New York. She represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal chick-lit, literary horror, and young adult and middle grade fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also represents U.K. rights for the agency’s children’s list. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and pet chinchillas. Anita Loughrey interviewed Ginger in February 2008, as one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference 2008 (scheduled for March 29 and March 30 in Bologna,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Author-Illustrator Interview: Marie Wabbes

Marie Wabbes’ first picture book was published by Ecole des Loisirs more than 42 years ago. Since then, she has produced over 175 picture books that have been published worldwide. Other interests include breeding Arabian horses and working with African illustrators, guiding them to produce their own picture books. Anita Loughrey interviewed Marie in January, as one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference 2008 (scheduled for March 29 and March 30 in Bologna,

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Author Interview: Kathleen Duey

Kathleen Duey is the author of more than 70 children’s and young adult books, including historical fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and dark fantasy. She was one of the 2007 finalists for the National Book Award for Literature for Young People for her novel Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic. Kathleen writes for adults with a partner; they have a finished novel with an agent and a second work being optioned by HBO.

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SCBWI Bologna 2008 Author-Illustrator Interview: Marc Boutavant

Marc Boutavant is a French graphic artist, illustrator, and children’s book writer. He is the co-creator (with Emmanuel Guibert) of the ARIOL comic book series. Boutavant was interviewed in January 2008 by Anita Loughrey, as one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference 2008 (scheduled for March 29 and March 30 in Bologna, Italy). Note: more on Marc and Emmanuel.

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