Symposium for Jewish Children’s Literature: Novelists and Publishing Professionals

March 15 - 18, 2019


Beyond the Holocaust & Holidays: Who Are We & What Are We Writing?
Designed for established and emerging Jewish novelists and publishing professionals, as we explore writing for and about Jewish children and young adults.

What stories do today’s children need from Jewish book creators and about Jewish people? What stories speak to our varied experiences? And how can we diversify the existing body of Jewish children’s literature?

Join Katherine Locke, Adam Gidwitz, Rena Rossner, Susan Kusel, Rebecca Kuss, Jocelyn Davies, Shirley Idelson and Linda Epstein as we explore where Jewish novelists fit in the business of writing for children and teens.


Katherine Locke

Special Guest Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia where they’re ruled by their feline overlords and their addiction to…
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Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the Newbery Honor winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, the best-seller A Tale Dark AND Grimm…
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Rena Rossner

Special Guest Rena Rossner is the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins…
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Jocelyn Davies

Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor and young adult author. Over the course of her career, she has acquired,…
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Susan Kusel

Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, the children’s book buyer and selector for…
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Rebecca Kuss

Special Guest Rebecca Kuss (she/her) is an editor at Inkyard Press, a children’s imprint within HarperCollins. She was raised by…
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Linda Epstein

Linda Epstein is a senior agent at Emerald City Literary Agency, in their east coast office. She represents picture books,…
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Shirley Idelson

Special Guest Rabbi Shirley Idelson serves as Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where she works closely with the…
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Joni Sussman

Special Guest Joni Sussman is the Publisher at Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.…
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Ruth Horowitz

Special Guest Ruth Horowitz’s most recent picture book Saving Eli’s Library, was released in October 2020. Her other six books…
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workshop information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, with an optional tour of Congregation Beth Israel, 615 Court St., Honesdale, PA, and ends on Monday, March 18, with lunch.