New Jersey readers (and those willing to drive to the Garden State!) are invited to come meet Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip. He’ll be taking part in The All Ages Show: RU’s 3rd Annual Kid Lit Conference, hosted by Rutgers University.

Patrick will appear with Rebecca Stead, Corey Ann Haydu, Matthew Cody, and Katherine Jacobs. In addition to readings, the conference will examine gender roles and identity in YA, discuss the ongoing need for more diverse representation in books for children and teens (including characters with disabilities), and debate the controversies surrounding books that defy easy categorization (considering questions like: What exactly is a children’s book? Can a book be too smart for kids? Shouldn’t grownups read grownup books?).

The event schedule is:

  • 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM: Readings
  • 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM: Meet & Greet/Signings/Light Lunch
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Panel/Audience Q&A
  • 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM: Signings

This event is free and open to all! Complimentary Starbucks coffee and baked goods will be provided in the morning, with a light lunch in the afternoon. The Rutgers Barnes & Noble is at 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ. The event area is on the second floor in front of the clock window. More information is available on their Facebook page.

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