Twenty years after the publication of the first book, the Harry Potter phenomenon still looms large in popular culture and our cultural consciousness. Join moderator Anna Taylor and our panelists Barry Hardymon, Roxanne Hsu Feldman and Cristin Stickles as they explore how Harry and his friends have changed the landscape of children’s literature and how they continue to permeate different facets of everyday life.
Wine and cheese will be served. Ages 21 and up. This event does not include entry to Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
Students must present ID at the time of event.
Barrie Hardymon is the Senior Editor at NPR’s Weekend Edition, and the lead editor for books. You can hear her on the radio talking everything from Middlemarch to middle grade novels, and she’s also a frequent panelist on NPR’s podcasts It’s Been A Minute and Pop Culture Happy Hour. She went to Juilliard to study viola, ended up a cashier at the Strand, and finally got a degree from Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars which qualified her solely for work in public radio. She lives and reads in Washington DC.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She has a Master’s in Children’s Literature and has been active in the field for more than twenty years. She was an early enthusiast of the Harry Potter series and interviewed J.K. Rowling for School Library Journal when Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came out. She is the Faculty Advisor of the Harry Potter Club and has hosted Harry Potter trivia game shows for her students. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, she will run a Harry PotterTrivia and Spelling Bee.
Cristin Stickles began working as a children’s bookseller when she was 15 at her hometown indie Books, Bytes & Beyond just as the store confirmed an appearance by unknown debut author J.K. Rowling, on tour for her debut Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. After a decade in children’s publishing as a sales rep, Cristin has spent the last 6 years as the children’s and YA buyer for the McNally Jackson bookstores in Manhattan and Brooklyn. This past Halloween, she got the entire McNally Jackson Staff, including their shop dog Chief, to participate in a Hogwarts group costume. When not at the bookstore, Cristin volunteers as a fossil explainer on the dinosaur floor of the American Natural History Museum. Her favorite dinosaur is the Allosaurus. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @ThtsWhatSheRead.