In conjunction with Book Expo, School Library Journal has created a little something called Day of Dialog. The description calls it:
"a free, day-long program where librarians, editors, authors, and vendors meet to discuss the changing world of books, reading, and libraries. This year we’ll investigate whether blogs are changing our reading and buying habits, hear about the next wave in audiobooks for kids (Guys Listen!), and explore the future of books (like 39 Clues) that are leading readers beyond the page and into the digital world. Add to this great authors—like Jerry Pinkney, who’ll talk about his newest book Lion & Mouse—as well as leading editors who’ll pitch us the fall titles they’re most excited about. And did we forget food? From coffee and muffins to lunch (courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) to networking over lemonade and cookies, we’ll keep you energized."
And if Little Brown’s in charge of the food, you know it’s gonna be good.
Best of all, I have me a little panel all of my very own. Better still, it’s of bloggers. And not just any bloggers. Check out this line-up:
Panel 1: The Blogger, the Book, and the Buzz
Are bloggers having an impact on what we read, what we add to collections, and what we recommend? Hear what avid bloggers Liz Burns (A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy), Laura Lutz (Pinot and Prose), Cheryl Klein (Brooklyn Arden), and author Libba Bray have to say about it.
Moderated by Betsy Bird, SLJ blogger and librarian, New York Public Library
To sum up: Food. An amazing array of topics. And me attempting to speak intelligently/coherantly at 9:15 in the morning with very intelligent people. Go here to learn more if you’re interested. After all, the day also consists of Jerry Pinkney, Jon Scieszka, and many others. How can you say no?