*As a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, SILS has decided to postpone the 2020 Steinfirst Lecture until the spring of 2021.*
Author, librarian, and UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Megan K. England (MSLS '13) will give the Susan Steinfirst Community Lecture in Children’s Literature on
Sunday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Her talk is titled “Magic, Spaceships, and Explosions: Pushing Through Fear and Anxiety to Save the World”
The event, hosted by the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is free and open to the public.
M.K. England is an author and librarian who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls small town rural Virginia home. England is queer in both orientation and gender, uses she/her or they/them pronouns, and is a fierce defender of fandom, fanworks, and fan culture. She’s also a strong advocate for space exploration, planetary science, and science literacy in general.
Her first book, a YA space opera titled The Disasters, debuted in 2018, and her most recent book, a YA fantasy/sci-fi mashup called Spellhacker, came out in January.
About the Steinfirst Lecture
The Steinfirst Lecture honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, a professor of children's and young adult literature at SILS from 1976 to 1996. Steinfirst dedicated her life to the promotion of children's literature by teaching future librarians and by publishing scholarly works in the field. The lecture is made possible by the Steinfirst Memorial Fund, which was established through gifts from Professor Steinfirst’s husband, Gene Story, as well as other family members and friends, in 1997.