Secrets Told and Untold: A CLNE Colloquy

May 6-9, 2010Second Colloquy, May 6-9, 2010
The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa, Essex Junction, Vermont

In SECRETS TOLD AND UNTOLD, CLNE’s second biennial colloquy, readers came together to whisper, confer, propose, argue, or deny what secrets may lie at the heart of the mysterious acts of reading and writing books for the young. A reader encountering a book confronts secrets and mysteries both of the story and of the self, and calls upon many systems of response: of the heart, mind, conscience, memory, and imagination.

At SECRETS, keys, security codes, and pin numbers were shared. Firewalls and cordons sanitaire were breached. Scheduled time for rest, conversation, reflection, and walking extended the investigations begun in talks and in optional discussion groups. Spring with all its budding secrets was upon us.


Ashley Bryan loves Poetry… lives Poetry as the common denominator of life and of all the arts!

Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winner for Bronx Masquerade, is the author of 50+ books for children and young adults including CSK Honor books, Meet Danitra Brown, The Road to Paris, and NY Times bestseller Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.

Kathleen T. Horning is Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books (HarperCollins 2010).

Joanna Rudge Long, a regular contributor to the Horn Book Magazine, is a former editor and principal reviewer of young people’s books for Kirkus Reviews. She was a frequent core lecturer at Children’s Literature New England, has served on many award committees, and is a member of her local library board in Pomfret, Vermont.

Elizabeth Partridge is the award-winning author of non-fiction books for teens. Her latest book, Marching for Freedom (Viking) focuses on the courageous children who marched alongside King in the 1965 march to Montgomery for the vote.

Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He turned to publishing in 1984 and quickly became one of the leading artists in the field. With more than twenty books to his credit and almost as many honors, Peter has been named seven times among winners of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Year. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Virginia Euwer Wolff has completed the Make Lemonade trilogy’s final third, This Full House, whose predecessor, True Believer, won the National Book Award. She served as a juror for the 2009 NSK Neustadt Award, which her candidate, Vera B. Williams, won.

Tim Wynne-Jones is the author of thirty-one books for children of all ages. He is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner and honoree and the winner of two Governor General Awards in Canada. He teaches in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.