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TAIR Annual Reading Conference


LeTourneau University will host the annual Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading (TAIR) conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Education Building on campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. The event will focus on the importance of strong reading and writing skills for success in today's fast-paced world. This year's keynote speakers, Jan Peck and David Davis, are well-known authors of numerous children's books and both are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Peck has authored five published books to date, has been a freelance editor for Boys' Life magazine and has had several stories and articles in Highlights for Children, Boys' Life, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines. She has received countless awards, including "Best Children's Book" more than once. Peck has a new book Way Out West on My Little Pony coming out February 15, 2010.

Davis is a well known writer-speaker-cartoonist who has authored 10 published books to date. He has published pen-and-ink artwork, cartoons, poems, humor, and short stories in various magazines and newspapers. He has earned an award from the Mississippi Press Association for his political cartoons. Davis has a new book An Anthology of Poems for Young Folks coming out February 15, 2010.

This conference is a regional event and is co-sponsored by the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading. In addition, the annual half-price Scholastic Book Fair will also be available during the day-long conference.

Pre-registration, until Jan.15, at the TAIR event costs $40 and late registration costs $50. The tickets include a luncheon with the keynote speakers, morning and afternoon refreshments and drawings for door prizes from area merchants. Student registration is $15.

For more information, contact TAIR coordinator Kathy Stephens at (903) 233-3878 or sent an e-mail to tair-conference@letu.edu.

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