The Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture: Jonda C. McNair, Ph.D.
The Carle is pleased to welcome Jonda C. McNair, Ph.D. as guest speaker for the 2023 Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture. In her lecture, The End Is Just the Beginning: Examining Endpapers in Picture Books, McNair will discuss endpapers as an aspect of picture book design that is worthy of careful attention by readers, authors, illustrators, and scholars of children’s literature.
McNair will highlight scholarship related to peritextual features (e.g., dust jackets, case covers, title pages, endpapers) conducted by scholars such as Dr. Lawrence R. Sipe - with a particular focus on endpapers. She will also share some of her own research on the different ways illustrators utilize endpapers to provide key details about literary elements (e.g., plot, setting, characterization) in fiction and impart information about people’s lives, contributions, occupations, and more in picture book biographies.