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Friday, September 8th, 2006 by

Anna Olswanger, NewSouth author of Shlemiel Crooks is coordinating the Eighth Annual Jewish Children’s Book Writers’ Conference on Sunday, November 19 in New York. The featured speakers include executive editor Deborah Brodie of Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck Publishing, executive editor Jill Davis of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, publisher Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing, marketing vice president Terry M. Borzumato-Greenberg of Holiday House, literary agent Michele Beno of Curtis Brown Ltd., and artist and author representative Ronnie Ann Herman of the Herman Agency.

Author Norman H. Finkelstein, winner of two National Jewish Book Awards, will give opening remarks, and the day will include the popular “Query Letter Clinic and First Pages” with the editors, sessions on the Grinspoon Foundation’s P.J. (Pajama) Library, “Israel’s Multicultural Mix” with Israeli author Anna Levine,” the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition, and door prizes.

The registration form is available for download at www.92y.org/content/pdf/jewishchildrensbookwriters.pdf. Call 212-415 5544 or e-mail library@92Y.org for additional information or to request the form by mail. The final registration deadline is November 1.

Anna recommends the conference for anyone interested in writing or illustrating children’s books for the Jewish market.

Shlemiel Crooks, a 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Book, is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

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