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Linda Salem, our children’s literature bibliographer, is guest blogging today. Here’s her account of a lecture she attended on November 15 at SDSU:

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

    It surprises Julia Alvarez when people ask her if writing for children is her way of taking a break from writing for adults. To Alvarez, writing children’s books is no break. It is harder than writing for adults because she must more carefully choose what to leave out.

    Speaking to a standing room only crowd today at SDSU, Alvarez said she wants Dominican Republic children to have books to read that include their folk stories and traditions and so she writes them. Her Alta Gracia Foundation, started with husband Bill Eichner, funds a DR mountain village school and library where children and adults learn to read. Their library design is that of a “snack bar” library with a convenience window where people can check out books.

    Among Alvarez’ DR children’s titles are — The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén (2008), illustrated by Rudy Nunez; The Secret Footprints (2000), illustrated by Fabian Negrin; and A Gift of Gracias. The Legend of Altagracia (2005), illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.

    Lists of Alvarez children’s books are at www.juliaalvarez.com. Read more on Café Alta Gracia at http://www.cafealtagracia.com/brochure/literacy.html. Today’s talk was sponsored by the Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU in partnership with the Association of Chicana Activists, Eveoke Dance Theatre, and The Cultural Worker.

We’ve got a treat for you coming up this week. On November 17, author Jim Miller will give a reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Fall 2010 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series.
Jim Miller

Miller is a native San Diegan and a graduate of SDSU’s MFA program. He is a founding member of the San Diego Writers Collective and a co-founder of San Diego City Works Press. He is the author of the novels Flash and Drift and co-author of the nonfiction works Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See and Better to Reign in Hell: Inside the Raiders Fan Empire.
Gregory Page

And we have a bonus guest: Miller will be accompanied by Gregory Page, a local musician who won the 2006 San Diego Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist. I don’t know what your plans are for Wednesday night, but really, are they as good as this?

You can get with this

Wide Dispersion Localizer sound dome in the CPMC news center
Listening to CNN or programs aired by SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services in comfortable armchairs in the Current Periodicals news center

Or you can get with that

Get Smart's cone of silence

Discussing conspiracy theories with your boss

5th floor quiet study sign
Some of our study areas can be, well, NOISY, what with people chatting, eating, and talking on cell phones. And some people function best in chaotic environments. But for those who don’t, take the elevator to the 5th floor of Love Library…it’s our newest quiet study.

The entire floor is now quiet study, except for the inner core (near the stairs and elevators), which has been designated a “phone friendly” area. Like in our other two quiet study areas, we ask that you not consume food or beverages or talk on cell phones in the quiet study area. Silence is golden, especially when you have a paper due.

5th floor cell phone sign