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Posts Tagged ‘Karen Cushman’

Lena Dunham Plans to Adapt ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’

Lena DunhamDuring her talk at the New Yorker Festival, filmmaker Lena Dunham revealed that she plans to work on a movie adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy.

Dunham (pictured, via) will serve as a producer. She also hopes to be the director for this project.

According to BuzzFeed, this Karen Cushman novel features a story that “is told through diary entries written by a British 12-year-old named Catherine in the year 1290. The book was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal.” Who would you cast as young Catherine?

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Edie Parsons Wins SCBWI Late Bloomer Award

Edie Parsons has won the first Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award, an annual prize for ”authors over the age of fifty who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.”

Parsons is currently shopping  a middle grade fantasy novel and lives in Athens, Georgia. You can read her work online. Here’s more about the award:

The grant was established by Newbery Award winner and Newbery Honor Book recipient Karen Cushman and her husband, Philip Cushman, in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  Karen published her first children’s book, The Midwife’s Apprentice (winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal), at the age of fifty-three and has gone on to become one of the field’s most acclaimed novelists.

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