- Professional Notes and Announcements
Children's Literature Association Literary Criticism Award
The award for the best critical article of 1987 goes to Margaret R. Higonnet's "Narrative Fractures and Fragments," Children's Literature 15, 37-54. The runner-up is Lissa Paul's "Enigma Variations: What Feminist Theory Knows About Children's Literature," Signal 54, 186-202. Both articles make a significant contribution to the theory of children's literature.
ChLA Article Award Committee Bibliography
The Article Award Committee of the Children's Literature Association publishes a bibliography of the year's work in children's literature in the Children's Literature Association Quarterly. If you have an article on children's literature or an associated subject that has appeared in a collection of essays or in a journal other than one devoted to children's literature, please send a photocopy or offprint of the article with the correct citation and your address written on the first page to Dr. Gillian Adams, 4105 Avenue C, Austin, TX 78751. All photocopies/offprints will be acknowledged and will be returned if return postage is enclosed. Deadline for 1989 is May 1, 1990.
Call for Papers Children's Popular Culture
The 1990 Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Popular Culture Association will be held in Toronto, Canada, March 7-10. The Children's Culture caucus of the PCA invites presentations on any aspect of children's popular culture: literature, media, material culture. Papers are sought on the following topics in particular: Canadian children's literature; internationalism; gender roles; children's museums and material culture; folklore. [End Page 158]
PCA encourages interdisciplinary approaches and the use of visual media in its presentations, which should be 15-20 minutes long. Deadline for submission of a paper or 200-word abstract is September 1, 1989. Include a brief abstract of the paper on the title page.
Submit material to Anne Lundin, Assistant Curator, de Grummond Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148.
A trip is being arranged for participants to visit the Osborne Collection in Toronto, a major research center of children's literature.
Children's Book Award Women's National Book Association, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter
Betty Levin's latest book, The Trouble With Gramary (Greenwillow Books), about a girl's relationship with her strong willed grandmother and their townsfolk, is winner of the Fourth Judy Lopez Memorial Children's Book Award for the best children's book published for nine-to-twelve year olds in 1988. Three honorable-mention certificates will be presented for Patricia MacLachlan's Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt (Harper and Row); Walter Myers's Scorpions (Harper and Row); and Jane Yolen's Devil's Arithmetic (Viking). [End Page 159]