Source: Karin Westman, 785-532-2190, westmank@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011

Literary December: English department offers fiction readings, mock Caldecott and student film festival to close semester

MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University department of English will end its fall semester with three literary events taking place in December.

"We're featuring three genres of literary study -- fiction, picture books and film -- to conclude our semester's programming," said Karin Westman, head of K-State's department of English. "This range represents the diverse areas of study for students and faculty in English."

All events are free and open to the public. They include:

* "Route 761," a fiction-themed event, will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Room 213 of the K-State Student Union. The event will include readings from advanced fiction writing students enrolled in the creative writing course, Short Story, this semester.

* The Mock Caldecott will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave. The Mock Caldecott will feature a discussion of the most distinguished picture books of 2011. The American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal, named for 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, to the most distinguished American picture book for children and recognizes the runners-up. Selected picture books will be available for review from 1-2 p.m. A brief presentation at 2 p.m. will be about the criteria for the award, followed by discussion and a vote to determine this year's winner. The event is sponsored by the university's Children's and Adolescent Literature Community, the English department's program in children's literature and the Manhattan Public Library.

* The Student Film Festival will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. The festival features the work of students in the film courses taught by K-State's Tanya Gonzalez, associate professor of English, and Mariya Vaughan, instructor of English. Students work collaboratively to create short films, using knowledge they have acquired during the semester while studying film techniques. The event is co-sponsored by the department of English and the Student Organization for Cultural Studies.

More information about the events is available by contacting the department of English at english@k-state.edu or 785-532-2190.