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The keynote speaker at Utah Valley University’s annual Book Academy conference Jan. 26 will be Cathy Goldsmith, best know for her work completing Dr. Seuss’ lost manuscript “What Pet Should I Get?” She will be drawing from her knowledge, expertise, and background working with Seuss, one of the greatest children’s authors of all time, which has made her a legendary figure in the publishing world.
“Cathy’s broad appeal for the wider community will make her keynote speech an engaging and surprising journey into storytelling, publishing and life,” said Mike Walker, assistant director of UVU’s Professional & Continuing Education. “Her long, successful career represents a phenomenal example of the best of what businesspeople can accomplish and the importance of the publishing industry.”
This year’s theme, “Oh the Books You Will Write,” pays homage to Goldsmith’s accomplishments in children’s literature, but the conference will cover topics applicable to anyone interested in the publishing world.
Goldsmith is currently president and publisher of Random House’s Beginner Books line and Dr. Seuss publishing program. She was Dr. Seuss’s art director for the last 10 years of his life. In addition to working with Dr. Seuss, Goldsmith has worked with Stan & Jan Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears), Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House), and Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones), among others.
The conference begins with the keynote address at 9 a.m. in the Sorensen Student Center. Practical and fun workshops from industry insiders will be offered all day for publishers and writers from all levels of experience and across all genres. The conference is open to the campus and local communities.
“This publishing conference is unique because it caters to new authors, prospective authors, and already established writers,” said Kelly Schumacher, co-chair of the Book Academy committee. “It’s a great forum for professionals to get together to learn from pros in the industry and to get ideas from their peers. It’s also a great place for people to learn new trends in the ever changing publishing industry.”
For more information, including the list of workshops, registration, deadlines and prices, visit uvu.edu/conferences/ book-academy.