Friday, October 13, 2006

ALA's Joint Conference Librarians of Color

Cyn and I spent the last couple days up in Dallas at the American Library Association's First Joint Conference of librarians of Color. We drove up Thursday morning and spoke on a panel organized by Sylvia Vardell of Texas Woman's University. (Thanks, Sylvia!). In addition to Cyn and me, panelists included Lori Aurelia Williams, Varsha Bajaj, and Asma Mobin-Uddin. Everyone provided fascinating insights into where their books come from.

Thursday night, after a dinner at Chaparral, we attended a caucus and social get-together of the American Indian Library Association. Thanks to Victor Schill and Loriene Roy!

Friday, Cynthia and Lisa Yee spoke as keynoters at the Children's Author Luncheon. Cynthia spoke on American Indian children's literature and Lisa spoke on being/not being a writer of color.

Exhausting, lots of fun, and for once, the drive to Dallas on I-35 went smoothly.

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