Newbery Medal-winning children’s book author Virginia Hamilton gave the Louise Seaman Bechtel ‘15 Lecture in Children’s Literature in the Villard Room.  The following day, Hamilton participated in a panel discussion and storytelling workshop with Harcourt Brace Jonvanovich editor Bonnie Ingber, author and illustrator Barry Moser, New York-based storyteller Laura Simms and poet and children’s book writer Nancy Willard from Vassar’s English department.

As a managing editor at Macmillan Publishing (1919-34), Louise Seaman Bechtel ‘15 was head of the first juvenile book division in America.  After retiring from Macmillan, she became a successful author of books for young people.  Barry Moser was artist and writer in residence at Vassar in 1998.