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NCTE 2016 Annual Convention

Luncheon and Breakfast Speakers

The following speakers will be featured at meal events throughout the Convention. Additional tickets are required to attend breakfast and luncheon events.

Friday, November 18

Saturday, November 19

Sunday, November 20

Theater seating will be available in breakfast and luncheon rooms for anyone wishing to hear the speakers without attending the meal.

Friday, November 18

CEE Luncheon ($55

This luncheon will feature one of the authors and the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series MARCH, which chronicles the experiences of Congressman John Lewis during his days as a leader of the Civil Rights movement.  

Andrew Aydin grew up loving comic books. After college he took a job with Georgia Congressman John E. Lewis and learned Lewis’s inspiration came from a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story, which led to the March series. Aydin publishes and lectures widely about the history of comics in the Civil Rights Movement. Apple CEO Tim Cook called March “a very unique way to present what is probably the most important story of my lifetime. My hope is that everyone reads this. I’d love to see the day that it’s required reading in every school.” 

Nate Powell, called by Booklist magazine “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his generation,” began self-publishing at age 14 and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. After a decade of working with adults with developmental disabilities, Powell devoted himself full-time to writing and drawing comics. Powell has discussed his award-winning work at the United Nations and is currently hard at work on March: Book Three.

Watch a trailer for Book 3 in the March series which was released August 2. 

Middle Section Luncheon ($55

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. 


Saturday, November 19


ALAN Breakfast ($42)
 S. E. Hinton is the author of a number of bestselling and beloved books for young adults, including That Was Then, This Is NowRumble FishTex; and of course, The Outsiders, which was written when she was just 16 years old. She has also written several picture books, a collection of short stories, and a novel for adults. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma—the setting of The Outsiders—with her husband. 


College Section/CCCC Luncheon ($55)
Deborah Brandt is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where, for nearly thirty years, she taught undergraduate writing and graduate courses in literacy, contemporary writing theory, and research methods. Her research explores the social history of writing as seen through the experiences of everyday people. This work draws on hundreds of biographical accounts of people from all walks of life to trace how writing literacy changes over time and with what social impact.  Her book Literacy in American Lives (2001) won the CCCC Outstanding Book Award, the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, and the 2003 Grawemeyer Award in Education. Brandt’s research has been recognized with support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Spencer Foundation, among other sources. 


Children’s Book Awards Luncheon ($55)

This luncheon brings both the joy of listening to the wise words of this year's Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus award winners as well as the thrill of hearing the live announcement of the 2017 winners. All those who purchase lunch tickets will be seated at tables headed by various authors. They will receive signed copies of a book by the author at their table. 

Sharon M. Draper (2016 Charlotte Huck Award Winner) is a New York Times best-selling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times best-seller for well over two years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year.

 Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture-book biographies and nonfiction for young readers, including the 2016 Orbis Pictus Award–winner, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Brown has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.”


Secondary Section Luncheon ($55)
Leila Christenbury is Commonwealth Professor of English Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. A past president of NCTE, Christenbury was the recipient of NCTE’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008. She has written for and served as editor for a variety of NCTE journals and has authored 10 books. A frequent speaker across the country on issues of English teaching and learning, Christenbury has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, CNN, and in the New York TimesUSA Today, the Washington Postthe Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and U.S. News & World Report



Sunday, November 20


Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast ($42)

Jocelyn A. Chadwick is NCTE Vice President and has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, scholar, and author, starting her career as a high school English teacher and later serving as a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nine years. She is a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar and has presented papers and workshops around the country and abroad. Dr. Chadwick has served NCTE as chair of the Secondary Section Steering Committee, a member of the NCTE Executive Committee, and as a member of the Standing Committee Against Censorship. She is the author of numerous articles, as well as the books The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Common Core: Paradigmatic Shift. She also serves as a consultant for school districts around the country and assists English departments with curricula to reflect diversity and cross-curricular content; recently she has served as a consultant for the Parent Toolkit produced by NBC News Education Nation. 
Children's Literature Assembly Breakfast ($42)

Participants in this breakfast can take part in a silent auction of original artworks by famous children's books illustrators. They will also receive a copy of a book by the featured speaker. 

Christopher Myers has exhibited his work at MoMA PS1, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Goethe Institute in Ghana. His illustrations for Harlem, written by his father, Walter Dean Myers, were awarded a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He has also won Coretta Scott King Honors for Jazz and Black Cat, and he is the critically acclaimed illustrator of Jabberwocky and Love: Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings, as well as the author/illustrator of Fly!  


CEL Luncheon ($55)
Mignon Fogarty created the Grammar Girl podcast and website and founded the Quick and Dirty Tips network. The podcast has won multiple Best Education Podcast Awards, and the site has been named multiple times to Writer's Digest's list of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. Fogarty is the author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing and six other books on writing. She is often sought by the media regarding language issues, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and TODAY and features in multiple print sources. She hates the phrase "grammar nazi" and loves the word "kerfuffle." 



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