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What You Have to Look Forward To, If You Became a Librarian

One of the coolest things a librarian can do is go to the American Library Association Conference where you meet colleagues from all over the world. The latest one, this past June, was in Washing ton D.C.  There I was surrounded by authors I love, autographing  their books or appearing at presentations.

At one coffee circle, we librarians sat around drinking coffee while authors came to us to pitch their books.  John Green (who wrote Paper Towns  and David Levithan (of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist fame) promoted Will Grayson, Will Grayson, about a gay and a straight guy who share the same name. I’ve just started reading it but I can tell the character of Tiny Cooper,who’s the best friend of one and the new love interest of the other, is going to be a hoot.

All the authors that came around to our table were pretty cool but the one who stood out was James Kennedy. While he pitched  The Order of Odd-Fish, it seemed more and more bizarre and I mean that in a good way. Among other things, it contains a dangerous teen, an order of knights who research useless information, cockroach butlers and much more. Plus he made us a playlist of songs to match his chapters.

The highlight of the conference was the Printz award winner, Libba Bray talking about what lead her to write Going Bovine. Her book is an existential exploration of a teen dying of  Mad-Cow Disease who sets out on a road trip with a hypochondriac dwarf and a garden gnome who just might be a Viking god.

                                     Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Beechview

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