There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, […]
The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]
In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, […]
The afternoon of Day of Dialog, an all-day event held by LJ on Wednesday, May 27, at New York University’s Kimmel Center, saw the full-capacity crowd settle in to hear from writers whose work touches on the immigrant experience. Moderated by LJ’s Stephanie Sendaula, the panel featured Vanessa Diffenbaugh (We Never Asked for Wings, Ballantine, […]
This week I was all set to talk about Chevy Stevens’s Those Girls (St. Martin’s), which I just finished (lots and lots of brutality and violence but still a damn good story) and the surprise and delight I experienced upon discovering that hey, not only is Karen White savvy and smart about marketing and a […]
During a week when it seemed as though everyone in the book world was talking about product, Library Journal’s Day of Dialog took some time out to focus on process. Publishing a book is a journey, and the aptly named Book Trip panel that gathered at New York University’s Kimmel Center to tell the story of Bill Clegg’s forthcoming debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family (Scout Press: Gallery Books) gave attendees a good look at the road it traveled.