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Screenshot of Walter Dean Myers being interviewed on the PBS News Hour on July 31, 2012
Prolific and award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, 76, winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for the novel Monster, died July 1 after a brief illness.
Posted July 3, 2014 | Comments: 0
Laurie R. King, who spoke at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, poses with American Libraries magazine
Laurie R. King is the bestselling author of 23 books, known for her detective/mystery fiction, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli mysteries. She spoke Monday at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition.
Posted July 3, 2014 | Comments: 0
The first automobile advertisement, which appeared in Scientific American February/March 1898. Image from Wikipedia
I’ve been thinking about a book called Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson. To (over)summarize, the coauthors say that nations fail because they resist, and try to stifle, the disruption that follows technological breakthroughs.
Posted July 3, 2014 | Comments: 0
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Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
Heather Gudenkauf, author of Little Mercies
Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence and Little Mercies, was featured as a speaker at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
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  Paul Rusesabagina’s last name translates to “he who disperses his enemies” in the Kinyarwanda language. There is no more fitting name for the man responsible for saving 1,268 Tutsi refugees from certain death at the hands of Hutu soldiers during the Rwandan genocide.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
Philippe Petit with his new book
Card tricks. Sleight-of-hand magic. Props. Audience participation. No, this isn’t a description of a hot new show on the Vegas Strip. These are a few highlights of the United for Libraries President’s Program, held Monday at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
Bestselling author Jennifer Kahnweiler
Appearing as an Auditorium Speaker on the ALCTS President’s Program on June 30, bestselling author Jennifer Kahnweiler said she has been an avid library patron ever since she was a child. In fact, her father led the renovation of the library in their hometown.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
Dancing at the Inaugural Brunch
On Tuesday, ALA got a new president.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 0
A Young Girl Reading, by Jean-Honoré Fragonard
On Sunday afternoon, programming librarians shared their ideas for “out-of-the-box” book clubs.
Posted July 2, 2014 | Comments: 1