33rd Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference

Featuring the 2017 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award winner, Pat Mora //  April 6 and 7, 2017

The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Children celebrates its 33rd year in 2017. Nearly 200 writers, illustrators, librarians, teachers, students and scholars will gather for this inspiring, informative event, scheduled for April 6 & 7, 2017, at Kent State University. 


  • Pat Mora, award-winning Latina author of poetry, nonfiction and children's books
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of fiction for children and young adults, centered on the lives of modern-day American Indians
  • Don Tate, award-winning illustrator and critically acclaimed illustrator

Read about the 2017 presenters & workshops

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Young Virginia, named for her grandfather’s home state, was one of these children listening at her mother’s and father’s knees. “My mother said that her father sat his ten children down every year and said, ‘I’m going to tell you how I escaped from slavery, so slavery will never happen to you,”’ the author related in a telephone interview. She added that she traces her own interest in literature to the fact that her parents were “storytellers and unusually fine storytellers, and realized, although I don’t know how consciously, that they were passing along heritage and culture and a pride in their history.”

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