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Hattiesburg was the site of Springmingle '98, the annual spring meeting of the Southern Breeze section of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The Southern Breeze section membership includes authors and illustrators from Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. This year's slate of speakers included Harold Underdown, senior editor at Charlesbridge Publishing; Courtney Briggs, literary agent and attorney with the firm of Derrick & Briggs; Joseph Billingsley, assistant sales coordinator at Pelican Publishers; Kathy Dawson, senior editor at G.P. Putnam's Sons; Mary Lafleur, songwriter and poet; and Dee Jones, curator, de Grummond Collection.

The topic of this year's conference was "Focus on Publishing Perspectives: Where Do YOU Fit?" According to conference organizer Joan Broerman, the speakers addressed "both authors and illustrators, highlighting the ups and downs and in- betweens of publishing from research and submission to publication, promotion, and ultimately processing into a research collection as a part of publishing history." The conference was attended by more than 50 published and aspiring authors and illustrators. While in Hattiesburg, they were able to take part in tours of the de Grummond Collection and have a behind-the-scenes glimpse to see how our materials are housed and made accessible.

A special feature of this year's conference was a gift to the de Grummond Collection from the group. We received a collection of books written by the featured speakers of their fall conference including Han Nolan, Lynn Cullen, and Laura Seeley.These will be added to our contemporary book collection and will complement the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators archival materials already held in the Collection.



The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Box 5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-4349
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