A Note from Barbara

From “Claire deWitt” series author Sarah Gran’s proclamation that she loves mysteries because they replicate “the very real mysteries we face in our own lives” to Anton DiSclafani explaining that she chose to write from an adolescent perspective in The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls because it afforded her “access to the innocence of child’s world and the insightfulness of adult, from Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian) tearfully thanking librarians for giving him a place to ask questions, to Kent Wascom indicating that with The Blood of Heaven he hoped to “chart America’s early progression through avarice and empire,” the authors at my United for Library author panels had insightful things to say about books, writing, and life. A full report is forthcoming (ALA gets hectic), but with this newsletter I’ve provided my thoughts on the authors I introduced.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.