The most prestigious conference for international children’s books coming out of Basel, Switzerland called the International Board on Books for Young people (IBBY) will take place in Fresno in October 2011. That’s like getting the olympics in your city for children’s book people!
Here’s the website http://www.ibby.org/
Next year’s conference is in Spain http://www.ibbycompostela2010.org/?lang=en The call is Oct 30.
Also, Juan Felipe Herrera will give a poetry reading soon at the Henry Madden Library.
So that’s Margarita Engle two weeks ago, Francisco Jimenez last Friday, Juan Felipe Herrera soon and Gary Soto (at Fresno City) November 4 (?). Soto also has a museum!! http://www.garysoto.com/museum.html
Fresno’s like Paris for Latino writers!! At the address below, you can see some of the future children’s writers in the Fresno Area….