March 24, 2018

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Pictures of the Week: Julie Kagawa Reveals New YA Series; BAMMY Awards Red Carpet


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At the Trump Soho hotel in Manhattan on October 1, Harlequin Teen and bestselling author Julie Kagawa unveiled her new series, “Talon.” The young adult series, which has already been optioned by Universal Pictures, features dragons battling an ancient order of dragon slayers in a contemporary setting. Talon, the first book in the series, will be published on October 28, 2014.

Natasha and Kagawa

Julie Kagawa and her editor Natashya Wilson reveal the first title in Kagawa’s new series, “Talon.” Photo by Chelsey Philpot

NY middle school librarian Deven Black was named the 2013 Bammy Award recipient in the inaugural school librarian category, presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International. Sylvia Knight Norton, incoming executive director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), presented the award at the Bammy ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Jennifer Lagarde and AASL members Shannon Miller, Joyce Valenza, and Matthew C. Winner joined Black as nominees for the award. The Bammy Awards, which aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of the collective contributions being made to educate children, honor educators’ contributions in 31 different categories.

BAMMY Award nominees walk the red carpet. (l. to r.) LJ Mover and Shaker Matthew C. Winner with wife Aimee Winner and BAMMY award-winner, Deven Black.

SLJ blogger and BAMMY nominee Joyce Valenza

SLJ contributor and BAMMY nominee Shannon McClintock Miller