The 2019 Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series Celebrates Women Writers

For Immediate Release: 8/19/19
Media Contact: Lyn Davidson, Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center
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The 2019 Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series Celebrates Women Writers

Acclaimed authors to share powerful stories in September and October

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Join the San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center this fall as we present the 23rd and 24th Effie Lee Morris Lectures. The lectures will celebrate the voices of two gifted female authors, Renée Watson on Thursday, September 5, and F. Isabel Campoy on Wednesday, October 2.

Renée Watson is the Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of the young adult novel Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017). The novel, a powerful story about an ambitious teenager carving out her place in the world, was named a John Newbery Honor Book in 2018. Watson’s newest work, a middle grade novel titled Some Places More Than Others, will be published on September 3 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Watson will deliver the 23rd Effie Lee Morris Lecture on September 5.

F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children’s books in the areas of poetry, theatre, biographies and art, and the recipient of the International Latino Children’s Book Award. Her picture book Maybe Something Beautiful (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) was inspired by the Urban Art Trail project in San Diego. Campoy will deliver the 24th Effie Lee Morris Lecture on October 2.

The Effie Lee Morris Lectures honor the work of the late Effie Lee Morris by celebrating the work of writers and illustrators for children whose work exemplifies the causes she championed: inclusivity, diversity and the rights of all children to read, learn and create. Ms. Morris was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Francisco Public Library, the first African American president of the Public Library Association and a founder of the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Historically an annual event, 2019 marks the first year that the Library will host two Effie Lee Morris Lectures.

Sponsored by the Main Library’s Fisher Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, the author talks are free and open to all ages. A book signing will follow each lecture. Registration is suggested as space is limited.

23rd Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Renée Watson, “The Miracle of Joy: How Stories Heal” – September 5, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Registration link: https://sfpl-effie-lee-morris23.eventbrite.com

24th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture with Isabel Campoy, “Mi Voz Latina for a Choir of Diversity In Children’s Literature”  – October 2, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Registration link: https://sfpl-effie-lee-morris24.eventbrite.com