I went to this wonderful free conference, of publishers and artists who were an amazing group of people. It was such a surprise as I found out about it last minute. The School Library Journal conference, SLJteenLive! focused on diverse books and the authors that create them.
I’m particularly interested in graphic novels. Publishers such as Oni Press, Random House Children’s Books, Macmillian Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Young Readers (YA), Clarion Books, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books participated. Plenty of established authors as well as new writers. To say the least, I am excited to see all the new and diverse choices out there for YA and middle grade including comics, horror, and thrillers. Videos of the conference talks are available for 3 months according to the organizers.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, known as the international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults, is having its annual summer conference. It is the 50th anniversary of this conference and has an exciting line-up of agents, authors, and poets. Please say hi if you see me there.
George Takei talks about his experience being in an internment camp during WW2 and how that changed him plus so much more. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it. Wonderful, candid interview. Link below takes you to the Television Academy.
The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators regional divisions around the world. Winners will be announced in May 2021. The list of amazing talented children’s books is as amazing as their authors.