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. The lecture, hosted by the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will be 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. She writes frequently about the intersections of mental health, creative work, and the writing community.
When she’s not writing or librarianing, she can be found rolling dice at the Dungeons & Dragons table, digging in the garden, feeding her video game addiction, or improvising truly terrible songs about her dogs. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. She is also a three-time Pitch Wars mentor and a class of 2015 mentee, a TeenPit mentor, and has served as a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison.
England can be found on twitter, instagram, and occasionally tumblr. Her debut YA space opera, The Disasters, is available at bookstores and can be added to goodreads list. Her second book, a YA fantasy/sci-fi mashup called Spellhacker, will be out on January 21, 2020. It’s now available for preorder and can be added to goodreads.
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.