The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program is please to present a talk by Sarah Ellis, renown children’s librarian, author, and critic entitled: “Writer as Critic: Inside and Outside the Book”. Sarah’s talk will take place Wednesday, February 26th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm, in The Dodson Room, Room 302, Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, University of British Columbia. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.
Sarah Ellis has always appreciated children’s literature from the multiple perspectives of writer, reviewer, critic, and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She will discuss her experience as the insider crafting a story and the outsider striving to put that story into context.
Sarah Ellis is the author of fourteen books for children, including picture books, short story collections, middle grade novels and non-fiction. Her books have been awarded such honours as the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese.
After graduating from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and a career as a children’s librarian, Sarah moved to teaching and is on the faculty of The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Sarah studied at Simmons College in Boston where she received a master’s degree in children’s literature. When not writing for children or teaching, she lectures on Canadian children’s books and writes book reviews for The Hornbook Magazine and Quill and Quire. Sarah’s immersion in children’s literature has taken her to Japan, Venezuela, England, Ireland and various Canadian and American locations.
Sarah received the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and has been nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
The colloquium is sponsored by the UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program, a multidisciplinary degree Program offered by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education.