Come spend an evening with Eve Bunting, the perceptive author of the 1995 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book Smoky Night. Her dramatic story describes a child's and his mother's experience of an urban riot. Should the book ever have been written for children? Time Magazine essayist Charles Krauthammer didn't think so. In a 1995 column, he called Smoky Night, along with other children's books on social issues, "a misguided attempt at social awareness."
Eve Bunting examines "Picture Books That Can't Be Written: Social Issues in Children's Literature" at the Main Library Koret Auditorium on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6 p.m. Her lecture, the 17th of the series named after renowned children's librarian Effie Lee Morris, is free. Ms. Bunting will be signing books for patrons at an opening reception from 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m., and then again following her lecture at approximately 7:00 p.m..
The program is supported by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women's National Book Association.