17 2022

BookFest Jr. Dear Mr. Dickens with author Nancy Churnin

10:00AM - 11:30AM  

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Award winning authors Nancy Churnin reads and discusses her book Dear Mr. Dickens

In Eliza Davis's day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.
2021 National Jewish Book Award Winner - Children's Picture Book
2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Picture Books
Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2021
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A Junior Library Guild Selection March 2022

Sponsor: Margot Rosenberg Pulitzer Dallas Jewish BookFest and the Aaron Family JCC