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A video taste of ALA! (The book side)

It may be hard to believe, but for me ALA wasn’t all research presentations and smackdowns and committee meetings.

I wanted to share just a little more of my other ALA experience, especially those experiences relating to books.  So here’s a little video taste.

Here’s Neil Gaiman on why writers write, as he accepted the Newbery award for The Graveyard Book:

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Here’s Ashley Bryan, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, creating family through poetry and sharing his first experience with book making:

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This next video is just a little taste of the wonderful dinner hosted by Simon & Schuster celebrating the publication of Mac Barnett’s Brixton Brothers: The Case of Mistaken Identity.  What better theme for our dinner than a murder mystery, investigated by the august Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka?

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No video of this one, but here’s a reprise photograph of me and friends Sara and Erika with the super talented, charming, and adorable Christopher Myers.

Why a reprise?   I wish I could remember which ALA it was, but I have a wonderful memory of dancing with Chris at another conference way, way back.  (Help would be welcome here.)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Kristin says:

    Loved the Brixton Brothers book, even without going to the party! Looking forward to sharing it with my students this fall.

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