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Crosscurrents

Building Bridges to the Past Yesterday SLJ put out an article on the BBYA story — with some of my comments,  YALSA Axes Venerable BBYA List – if you have not seen it. This same week, Apple revealed its Tablet — one more step towards a day when we will be creating books illustrated with video, [...]

A Week Online

This Week I Am Teaching Two Classes Online By coincidence, not design, I find that this week I am participating in a discussion of a book of mine with a 9th grade class online, while conducting a writing class for bright kids all around the country aged roughly 10-15 through another site. It is a [...]

Astronomy Is History

Thanks to David A. Aguilar For Changing My Life At Midwinter I attended a couple of National Geographic events with David Aguilar, Director of Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and author/illustrator of books on space for young readers. As we sat at breakfast he said something that literally made me feel a sense [...]

Last Thoughts On the BBYA Issue

MK’s Comments Have Helped Clarify The Issues Thanks to MK for her (?) thoughts and comments, which have helped me to define exactly what is wrong with the new system. 1) Splitting up one committee into many means there will be no place where ideas cross-pollinate. Lets face it, that means that fiction lovers will [...]

My Response to Linda

I am willing to believe that the process was broken, and indeed that the board is to be commended for being willing to take bold steps to fix it. However the system you have created ignores one crucial function of the old BBYA, destroys another, and misses an obvious solution. .   1) the value of [...]

Linda’s Comments — My Response Follows

This is Linda’s second email to me, on the questions of public disucssion of NF with teen participation at ALA: On the topic of discussions of non-fiction at Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, while there will not be open discussion for the Nonfiction Award Committee at these events, providing face-to-face opportunities for members to discuss [...]

Hold the Phone

I Forwarded My Questions (and Alison’s on Popular Paperbacks) to the YALSA Board and I have been promised that Linda Braun, the president, will respond within 24 hours. I am eager to see what she will have to say to all of us.

Hold the Phone

I Forwarded My Questions (and Alison’s on Popular Paperbacks) to the YALSA Board and I have been promised that Linda Braun, the president, will respond within 24 hours. I am eager to see what she will have to say to all of us.

Hold the Phone

I Forwarded My Questions (and Alison’s on Popular Paperbacks) to the YALSA Board and I have been promised that Linda Braun, the president, will respond within 24 hours. I am eager to see what she will have to say to all of us.

Hold the Phone

I Forwarded My Questions (and Alison’s on Popular Paperbacks) to the YALSA Board and I have been promised that Linda Braun, the president, will respond within 24 hours. I am eager to see what she will have to say to all of us.