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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.

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