REstless Readers weekend

return to campus and explore International children's and young adult Literature!

At Amherst College and the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art
May 4-6, 2018 | Amherst, MA

Launched by Restless Books in 2018, the Restless Readers Weekend provides passionate readers with an opportunity to return to the atmosphere of college in an idyllic New England town and explore literature in depth with professors and authors, interact with other devoted readers, create community, and ask essential questions literature prompts us to explore: Who are we? Who are our neighbors? In what way do we all shape the culture we live in?

For this inaugural year, our theme is international children’s and young adult literature. Books are the tools we use to pass on values and build a sense of community in the next generation. Connection and conversation among different cultural groups are especially important now, at a time when the forces of nativism and pluralism are clashing on a global scale. We believe that reading books and exploring them together can help us overcome those divides.

For educators, professional development credits are available through Amherst College.


Weekend Highlights


Full schedule

Friday, May 4

Amherst College

4:00pm  Registration

5:00pm  Meet and greet reception

6:00pm  Dinner and lecture: “Why We Need an International Children’s Literature”

8:00pm  Ilan Stavans and Norton Juster in conversation (Open to the public)

Saturday, May 5

Amherst College

9:00am  Breakfast

10:30am  Dr. Alison Sparks: “What We Know About Shared Reading with Young Children”

12:00pm  Lunch

2:00pm  Ilan Stavans: “Sendak and Beyond—Masterclass”

3:30pm  Screening of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are

7:00pm  Yonder Launch Dinner and and talk: Ilan Stavans, Arshia Sattar, and Eko


Sunday, May 6

Amherst College

9:00am  Breakfast

10:30am  Ilan Stavans and Eko discuss Don Quixote for young readers.

eric carle museum

12:00pm  Picnic Lunch

1:00pm  Arshia Sattar presents Ramayana

2:00pm  Storytime and book signing with Arshia Sattar

3:00pm  Draw your own Wild Book with Eko



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For those coming from out of town, the local Holiday Inn, Lord Jeffery Inn,  and Marriott have set aside blocks of rooms for the weekend. Mention Restless Readers Weekend when making your reservation.
Transportation between events and hotels will be provided as necessary. 



Join us for three days of programming,
from Friday, May 4 until Sunday, May 6.

All meals are provided, including the launch dinner for Yonder, Restless' imprint of international literature for young readers.

Tickets include a gift bag and a 1-year subscription to the Restless Readers Club—a $150 value!

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Join us for two days of programming,
from Saturday, May 5 until Sunday, May 6.

All meals are provided, including the launch dinner for Yonder, Restless' imprint of international literature for young readers.

Tickets include a gift bag and a 6-month subscription to the Restless Readers Club—a $90 value!

Add To Cart

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Presenter bios

Born in Mexico in 1958, Eko is an engraver and painter. His wood etchings, often erotic in nature and the focus of controversial discussion, are part of a broader tradition in Mexican folk art popularized by José Guadalupe Posada. He has collaborated on projects for The New York Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Spanish daily El País, in addition to having published numerous books in Mexico and Spain.

Norton Juster is an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He has collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and will soon be performed in schools and theaters nationwide. An amateur cook and professional eater, Mr. Juster lives with his wife in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Arshia Sattar has a PhD in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published as Penguin Classics. She has also written books for children, including The Adventures of Hanuman.

Alison Sparks is a developmental psychologist and a Visiting Scholar at Amherst College. Her research explores the social origins of children's early language and literacy development in families from diverse cultural and linguistic communities. She has conducted research in the United States and in Latin America using parent-child storytelling and shared book reading as a context for understanding the developmental precursors to literacy. Recent research collaborations include a longitudinal intervention study with families in San José, examining the impact of home conversations on children's social-emotional, language, and literacy skills, funded by the University of Costa Rica. She is a consultant to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and to Head Start.

Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed WordsSpanglishDictionary DaysThe Disappearance, and A Critic’s Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected StoriesThe Poetry of Pablo Neruda, among dozens of other volumes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chile’s Presidential Medal, the International Latino Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans’s work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. A cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and Dublin, he is the host of the NPR podcast "In Contrast."