Thursday, August 05, 2004

Literary and Library Notables at the WLA Conference

The WLA Conference*, November 2-5 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in beautiful Lake Geneva, will feature both notable literary figures and notable librarians who write. As the model for the librarian action figure, Nancy Pearl has received both praise and criticism. But more importantly, she is an author and a passionate book lover/reviewer, ready to present a lively "Evening of Book Lust" for the conference keynote address. Earlier in the day she will present a session on providing excellent readers' advisory. Another librarian whose name is well known to listeners of National Public Radio is Alphonse Vinh. As a reference librarian at NPR, Alphonse researches and helps fact-check stories, reviews reporters' scripts, and alerts NPR's programming staff to story ideas and good interview subjects. He has also written articles for a variety of publications, is working on his second book, and writes "Musings," an online column.

Among the other presenters are Avi, author of several books, including the 2003 Newbery Medal winner, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, and Larry Watson, author of this year's Banta Award winning Orchard.

Don't miss the excitement!

*A registration form is available now on the WLA website.

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