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Book cover of “On This Day in Poetry History” by Amy Newman
WNIJ 89.5 FM will feature five regional works of fiction as part of its continuing “Read With Me” book series. The series, hosted by Dan Klefstad, broadcasts interviews with the authors, who read selections of their work and share their inspirations. “Read With Me” will air every morning at 6:52 and 8:52 a.m. beginning Tuesday,...
Book cover of “Paris, He Said” by Christine Sneed
The 2015 WNIJ Winter Book Series begins Monday, Dec. 7, and features authors from throughout northern Illinois. Each Monday in December at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m., Dan Klefstad speaks with authors about their books as well as their motivation and inspirations. He also invites the authors to read selections of their published pieces. Dec. 7:...
Ofelia Garcia and Wayne Wright
NIU will host its 42nd annual Summer Literacy Conference titled “Beyond the Common Core: Taking All Educators to the Head of the Class” from Tuesday, June 16, through Thursday, June 18, at NIU-Naperville. Topics will address ways the Common Core impacts educational policy and instruction for English Learners (ELs), raises the bar for ELs’ academic...
NIU Showcase of Student Writing
NIU’s First Year Composition Program (FYComp) will host its eighth annual Showcase of Student Writing from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The showcase is a platform for hundreds of NIU’s English students to share their scholarship with the university and local communities. Last...
Book cover of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Beloved and celebrated for five decades, not only in print but in cinema, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” has crafted a pedigree the envy of most writers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel served not only as Lee’s glorious debut but her swansong as well; the reclusive author all but disappeared after its 1960 publication while...
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NIU’s 34th annual Children’s Literature Conference takes place Friday, March 14, in the Holmes Student Center. Under the theme “Inspiring with Literature,” organizers hope that conference participants will leave motivated and better equipped to connect with students through literature: This year’s speakers are uniquely qualified to discuss – and offer methods to ignite – the transformative...
Retired NIU English instructor Ildikó Carrington wasn’t a bit surprised when Alice Munro was named recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this month. “I am delighted that she won it,” Carrington says. Back in 1989, Carrington wrote the first American book-length critical study of the Canadian writer’s works. Titled “Controlling the Uncontrollable:...
Caldecott Medal
NIU’s Department of Literacy Education will host a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 21, that highlights the 2011 award-winning children and young adult books that were recently announced by the American Library Association. During the event, faculty members Chris Carger and Melanie Koss will discuss the books that have received awards including the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott...
Book cover of "Back of the Bus," illustrated by Floyd Cooper
NIU’s College of Education will host its 32nd annual Children’s Literature Conference Friday, March 16. This year’s theme is “The Right Book for the Right Reader.” All sessions take place in the Holmes Student Center, beginning with the 8:15 a.m. welcome. Registration and a continental breakfast are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Featured speakers are author/illustrator...