Some books to consider for Black History Month 2014 and beyond.
This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading some devasting children’s literature, particularly savory romance, smart and serious discussions of education reform, a popular page-turner, and classics that disappoint or challenge in various ways. Dig in! It’s a hearty offering.
This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading books that harken back to childhood, whether picking up a much loved favorite or a new book about growing up. Stephanie has reported a lot of laughing on the subway with her villainous book, and I’m reading about about future heavens and hells. Meredith, meanwhile, is still reading The Atlas of New Librarianship.
This week, Library Journal and School Library Journal staff are reading lots of smart, fun books. We’ve got political zombie YA, especially smart sci fi, and the nonfiction inspiration for Hannibal Lecter. In this edition of What We’re Reading, Meredith also makes a particularly brave admission vis-à-vis her progress on a scholarly book about librarianship. What books are you—very slowly—reading?
Alice Walker wore purple.
It was not the last official day of the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Chicago, but the McCormick Center’s auditorium had a kind of concluding air about it. (Perhaps it was the number of librarians carting luggage up and down the halls.) Eva Poole, President of the Public Library Association (PLA), introduced Monday’s midmorning speaker. The audience settled into its seats.
When she arrived at the podium, she sighed. “I’m so glad to see you.”
“The mixing of factual and counterfactual is not singular to sci fi and fantasy,” Timothy Zahn (“Thrawn Trilogy”) began. Zahn and Brandon Sanderson (“Mistborn”), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), David Brin (“Uplift”), Elizabeth Bear (Shattered Pillars), and John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War”) were charged with talking about the probable and improbable in science fiction (and, to a certain extent, in fantasy too). Organized by the Library and Information Technology Association and with help from Tor, the Saturday, June 28 panel was packed.
Sunday morning’s “In Visibility: Race and Libraries” was a crash course in sociology and libraries, taught by Todd Homna, assistant professor of Asian American Studies at Pitzer College and a former ALA Spectrum Scholar. Sponsored by ALA’s Office for Diversity and the Spectrum Scholars Program, asked the question: “Where do we locate race in relation to librarianship?”