REstless Readers weekend

explore International children's and young adult Literature!

the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art
May 6, 2018 | Amherst, MA


Launched by Restless Books in 2018, the Restless Readers Weekend provides passionate readers with an opportunity to 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.



Sunday, May 6

1:00pm  Arshia Sattar presents Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling

2:00pm  Storytime and book signing with Arshia Sattar

3:00pm  Draw your own Wild Book with Eko



Free with admission to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

$9 adults
$6 ages 1-18, seniors, students & teachers
$22.50 family (two adults & two children)


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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.

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.

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."