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July 28, 2014

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Author Peter Sís Soars High with Airport Tapestries

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Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Sís has found a new way to share his art with the world: by designing tapestries honoring the memories of Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, and poet Seamus Heaney.

Q & A with Librarian and YA Author Mindy McGinnis of ‘Not a Drop to Drink’

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Library aide Mindy McGinness’s first book Not a Drop to Drink, a dystopian YA novel, was recently optioned by “Twilight” series author Stephenie Meyer to be made into a film.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Heather Brittain Bergstrom, Author of ‘Steal the North’

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Adult Books 4 Teens reviewer Diane Colson digs into Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s debut novel, Steal the North, rich in imagery from eastern Washington, Indian reservations, and Baptist fundamentalism. It’s a love story, not only for characters Reuben and Emmy but for anyone who finds themselves missing the place they once ran away from.

The Life of Book Editor and Author Charlotte Zolotow Celebrated

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The life of book editor, poet, and award-winning author, a force in children’s literature, Charlotte Zolotow, was celebrated during a memorial in New York City.

“Spot the Dog” Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Passes at 86

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Eric Hill, author and illustrator of the “Spot the Dog” books, died on June 6 at the age of 86 following a short illness.

What’s On Your Summer Reading List? | Authors and Illustrators Respond

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Find out what your favorite authors and illustrators are reading this summer.

‘Revolution’ | A Conversation with Deborah Wiles

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“I love asking ‘what if?’ with my characters, setting them up to make choices, putting them in situations that will break their hearts, asking more of them than they seem to be able to handle, and seeing what they do….”

YA Authors who Give Back, From John Green to Ellen Hopkins

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Whether supporting at-risk youth or global causes, these YA authors have a lot to contribute in addition to their writing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Slideshow | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Authors, (free) books, zany hats! Scenes from School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog, held May 28, 2014, at the McGraw-Hill headquarters in New York City.

Author Speed Dating | BEA 2014

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At Book Expo America this year, 18 authors were given three minutes to tell each of the 18 tables filled with booksellers about their new books at the “Author Speed Dating” event.

The Illusion of “Normal” | SLJ Chats with Cammie McGovern About ‘Say What You Will’

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Cammie McGovern aims to fill a gap in young adult literature with Say What You Will—featuring complicated, fleshed out characters with disabilities who live, fall in love, and make mistakes just like anyone else. She talks with SLJ about her inspiration for the novel, diversity in YA lit, and what she’s working on next.

Veronica Roth in Conversation with Alex London | BookCon 2014

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Two stars of the YA book world, the “Divergent” series’ Veronica Roth and the “Proxy” series’ Alex London, joined a packed room of wildly enthusiastic fans at BookCon 2014 on the main event stage of the Javits Center in New York City on May 31.

The Debut: Serah-Marie McMahon Talks About ‘The Worn Archive’

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The Worn Archive collects the best pieces from Worn, an alternative fashion magazine which over the years has featured articles on topics as varied as the chemistry of dry cleaning, the history of the safety pin, the work of a textile conservator, and a glossary of hijab.

Video: Unreliable YA Narrators, Love ‘em—Hate ‘em|SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Unreliable narrators fascinate—but do they have to be likable to engage readers? Young Adult authors Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, Barry Lyga, and Meg Wolitzer shared their thoughts in an all-star panel.

Illustrators Share Their Storied Lives | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Real life, childhood, and relationships often serve as the inspiration for the titles on our bookshelves, and during the “Storied Lives” panel at SLJ’s Day of Dialog on May 28, we find out from the authors/illustrators the fascinating stories behind the stories.

On Top of His Game: SLJ Interviews Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Markus Zusak

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This month, multiple award-winner Markus Zusak, author of ‘The Book Thief,’ will receive yet another honor: SLJ’s own Margaret A. Edwards Award. The author talks about finding his voice, his responsibility to readers, and his obsession with getting things right.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Not a Trend, But Here to Stay | BEA 2014

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Over 300 people attended the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel on May 31 held at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center as part of BookExpo America’s consumer-focused BookCon event; the session was added late to the program after the grassroot campaign’s hashtag went viral following its launch, eliciting more than 162 million tweets since May 1.

SLJ and BookExpo America | BEA 2014

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SLJ attends this year’s BookExpo America (May 28-30) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City and took the opportunity to catch up with award-winning authors, like A Plague of Unicorns (Zonderkids, 2014) Jane Yolen, and even famous actors like “How I Met Your Mother’s” Jason Segel whose children’s book Nightmares!M/em> comes out in September through Delacorte.

SLJ’s Reviews of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

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For many, the true highlight of BookExpo America occurred at 1 PM on Saturday at the SLJ Librarian’s Lounge, when Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. See SLJ’s reviews of the winners here.

Video: Jacqueline Woodson Keynote | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson described the path to her new book, brown girl dreaming, in the opening keynote of School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.