HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some new authors and illustrators from around the country were honored at Southern Miss Thursday during a luncheon at an annual literary festival.
Writer Ame Dyckman and illustrator Christian Robinson were among those receiving awards during the Ezra Jack Keats Award Luncheon at the 47th Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.
Prior to the luncheon, longtime author Christopher Paul Curtis was awarded the Southern Miss Medallion for his many contributions to children's literature.
"These kinds of meetings are critical, because they sustain people, they sustain the educators, they sustain the artists," said Dr. Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. "And these are the people who really are cultivating our greatest national resource...our children," she said.
"It's great to be around other authors and illustrators," said Christopher Paul Curtis. "But, I think the thing I enjoy the most is being around the librarians and the teachers, because you're able to get input into what the children and students think about what you've done," he said.
The festival began Wednesday and will conclude Friday afternoon.