Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Author: Neil Schusterman

One of the joys of attending a library conference like the Texas Library Association annual meeting last week is the opportunity to hear thoughtful and creative authors talk about their work. There are plenty of sessions on "how-to-run-my-library-well-and-get-along- with-the-powers-that-be-and motivate-my-students-to-read" but I find my renewal and inspiration by listening to the authors.

In the question and answer time at the end of the presentations they are often asked about their personal reading habits. YA author Neil Schusterman made my day when he confessed that the majority of reading is YA literature. He said he judged a Golden Kite award a few years ago and had to read hundreds of titles under consideration. He was hooked. He also shared that he asks school librarians for their favorite picks when looking for new books to read.
(I have never understood HOW you can be a children's/YA librarian and NOT read the books, but that's just me.)

He said had just finished The City of Ember and The People of Spark and loved them and was beginning The Sea of Trolls.

He appeared on a panel of other YA authors. His comments were so interesting, I would have loved a whole session devoted to him.