Author Eve Bunting to Deliver 2013 Effie Lee Morris Lecture


Author Eve Bunting to Deliver 2013 Effie Lee Morris Lecture

Picture Books That Can’t Be Written: Social Issues in Children’s Literature

SF Main Library, April 30, 6 p.m.

Eve Bunting, multi-award-winning author of more than 200 books for preschoolers, school-age children, and young adults, will be the San Francisco Public Library’s special guest speaker at the 17th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture on Tuesday, April 30 at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St. Her theme will be “Picture Books That Can’t Be Written: Social Issues in Children’s Literature.” The Library invites the public to attend this free event. Bunting’s career spans four decades and a wealth of styles, subjects, and genres. Born in Northern Ireland in 1928, she grew up in a book- and word-loving home. Her mother opened a library in their small town, and some of Bunting’s most cherished memories gather around the sound of her father’s gentle voice reading poems aloud. “He was a big tough Irishman who would not have been caught dead reading poetry outside his own family,” she says. But she stills feels her childlike sense of wonder as she absorbed “the beautiful words” he read to her. Eve Bunting moved with her husband and their three children to the U.S. in 1959, settling first in San Francisco, then in Pasadena. Her early books focused on tales rooted in her Irish heritage, and she has since developed her unusual gift for portraying people from widely diverse backgrounds with sensitivity, nuance, and respect. The majority of her story ideas spring from current events and social trends: Her characters include a homeless boy and his father making the best of living in an airport in Fly Away Home, a Muslim girl struggling to learn English and make friends as a new American in One Green Apple, and a young child, his mother, and their cat caught up in the Los Angeles riots in Smoky Night, with Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations by David Diaz. Each year, the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Children’s Center, in partnership with Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, hosts a distinguished author or illustrator of children’s books as guest lecturer. The event honors the pioneering work of the late Effie Lee Morris, SFPL’s first coordinator of children’s services. Previous lecturers have included Jerry Pinkney and Gerald McDermott. The 17th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture will take place Tuesday, April 30, at 6 pm in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, followed by a book-signing with the author. The Friends of the SFPL will offer a selection of Eve Bunting’s works for sale before and after the lecture. The event will be preceded by a reception in Eve Bunting’s honor, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., in the Library’s Latino-Hispanic Community Meeting Room. For more information, call 415-557-4277. MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282;

April 9, 2013