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How to Raise a Reader: A Lifelong Love of Books

Two authors—both with Portland connections!—discuss making books for children and the importance of raising a reader with Pamela Paul and Maria Russo of the New York Times and authors of the new book How to Raise a Reader. Carson Ellis is a best-selling author and illustrator, including of the picture books Du Iz Tak? and Home, illustrator of numerous books for kids including The Wildwood Chronicles. Renée Watson, winner of the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award, and author of two picture books, a new middle grade novel, Some Places More Than Others, and young adult novels, including Piecing Me Together. Moderated by Emily Chenoweth.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis is the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Du Iz Tak? and the New York Times bestseller Home. She is also the illustrator of The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket and Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide, and she collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Her most recent book is The Shortest Day. Ellis lives outside of Portland, Oregon.
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Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Timeswhich she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for The Times. She is the author and editor of five books: My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, Parenting, Inc., and By the BookShe is a former columnist for The Economist, Worthand The New York Times Styles section. Her work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington PostSlateVogue, Psychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine and other national publications. Her latest book is How to Raise a Reader, co-written with Maria Russo.
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Maria Russo

Maria Russo, author of How To Raise a Reader, is the children’s books editor of the New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, and Salon, and holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.
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Renée Watson

Renée Watson is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning author of the novels Some Places More Than OthersWatch Us Rise, co-written with Ellen Hagan, Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Renée is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She lives in New York City.
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Emily Chenoweth

Emily Chenoweth is the author of the novel Hello Goodbye (Random House), which was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award and was named one of the top ten Northwest books of 2009 by The Oregonian. As a ghostwriter and co-writer, she’s penned a dozen other novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. A former English teacher and fiction editor at Publishers Weekly, Emily has also written for PeopleSelfTin HousePortland Monthly, and Bookforum.
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