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  Archived Posts From: 2010


ALA Was a Big Hit Again This Year!

Written on: July 20th, 2010 in Blog Posts

As I’ve noted before, one of the great perks of being a librarian and being able to go to professional conferences is the opportunity to get sneak peeks at some of the great soon-to-be published books, and the chances to rub shoulders with your own literary favorites. June’s American Library Association conference in DC was no exception, with hundreds of informative workshops and sessions- and between sessions, opportunities to hear from authors and to stand in long lines to get autographs.

I outsourced this final responsibility to my daughter Lucy, because I had a packed schedule and because so many of the authors in attendance were kids and young-adult fiction writers, and there were some of Lucy’s favorites in attendance. I think that meeting and talking to authors is an incredible opportunity for book-loving children- the notion that the creation of magical, imagined worlds is an accomplishment of apparently ordinary people and one ultimate expression of the ordinary, tangible skills that are being accumulated and polished during the mundane routines of school and homework.

Rebecca Stead, who has two incredible books for young adults (top left with Lucy) was lovely, and Lucy also had a couple of encounters with Laurie Halse Anderson which left her very excited. At the conference, Anderson presented her new historical novel Forge, which will be published in October and is a sequel to her very well-received Chains. Forge continues the story of runaway slave Curzon as he encounters General Washington’s army at Valley Forge- you can find out more about this great book (Lucy devoured it in a couple of days, and it is a doorstop) at this LibraryThing page


New EAudio Books this week

Written on: July 20th, 2010 in Blog Posts

New additions to the Delaware Library Catalog’s downloadable e-audio books this week:

  • George Orwell, by Gordon Bowker- “the best full-scale study of the author’s life to date.”
  • Sap Rising by Christine Lincoln: “spare and mesmerizing” linked short stories about the lives of an imagined African American community in the American South.
  • Darwin, Darwinism and the Modern World presents 14 lectures by noted University of London professor Chandak Sengoopta.
  • Bonnie Joe Campbell’s celebreated short-story collection American Salvage, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, is available in MP3 format: download to your iPod for a perfect accompaniment to long-distance drives through the industrial heartland.
  • Inside Drucker’s Brain. Based on a day-long interview with the management guru before his death in 2005, Jeffrey Krames produced this distillation of Peter Drucker’s quintessential teachings on leadership, strategy, and innovation.

Other new e-audio books can be seen at this link.