2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Writer and Poet Naomi Shihab Nye delivered the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Photo of Naomi Shihab Nye

Title: "REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED - Our Lives of Reading & Writing"

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Western Washington University Performing Arts Center
516 High Street 
Bellingham, WA 98225

Lecturer Bio:

“A wise and lyrical observer, Naomi Shihab Nye consistently draws on her heritage and writing to attest to our shared humanity,” stated 2018 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Elizabeth Ramsey Bird.

The daughter of a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. The author and/or editor of more than 30 books for adults and children, her latest for young people, “The Turtle of Oman,” was chosen as a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the ALA. She has received four Pushcart Prizes, was a National Book Award finalist, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, amongst her many honors.

The lecturer, announced annually during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, may be an author, illustrator, editor, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.  This paper is delivered as a lecture each April or May, and is subsequently published in “Children and Libraries,” the journal of ALSC.  

View the announcement of the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecturer

View the announcement of the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Host Site

Host Site:
Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham, Washington 

Members of the 2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are: Chair Elizabeth Ramsey Bird, Evanston Public Library (Ill.); Timothy D. Capehart, Beavercreek (Ohio) Community Library; Monica Edinger, The Dalton School, New York; Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, D.C.; and Sharon McKellar, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library.