The Butler Lecture is generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. The Butler Lectures showcase award-winning creators of books for young people and academic experts who speak on issues related to children's literature and the joy of reading and lifelong learning.

Upcoming Event

The End of the Story
Presented by Carmen Agra Deedy
March 20, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Eloise Martin Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
Reception and book signing to follow in the Slate Lobby


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Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of eleven books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times best-seller. A new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! (Scholastic Press) was released in 2017. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered; funny, insightful, and frequently irreverent, Deedy’s narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in the all-but-sleepy Southern town of Decatur, Georgia. She is also host of the four-time Emmy-winning children’s program, Love That Book!

An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. In the fall of 2016, she opened the Art of the Book Lecture Series, for the Smithsonian Libraries, and was a keynote speaker at the Association of International Baccalaureate Schools of Costa Rica Conference.

Carmen’s newest picture book, Rita and Ralph (Scholastic Press), illustrated by Pete Oswald, has a publication date in Spring 2020.

Past Lectures

  • 2018: Andrea Davis Pinkney on March 14
  • 2017: "Why Magic?" delivered by author Holly Black on March 16
  • 2016: "You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Picture Books" on March 16 by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson
  • 2015: On March 5 LeUyen Pham presented "Wandering Wonderland: An Immigrant's Story Told Through Books"
  • 2014: "Folklore vs. Fakelore: The Truth about Folk, Fairy, and Fantasy Stories" presented by Jane Yolen on February 26
  • 2013: The Inaugural Butler Lecturer was Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Ed Young, on February 22 titled "The House Baba Built"