Sunday Annual Banquet & Emerson Greenaway Award Presentation – Margaret H. Willison
Sticking Up For Fun: Finding the Cultural Treasure in Popular Trash – A keynote address dismantling the idea of a “guilty pleasure,” detailing the speaker’s journey from rigid snobbery to a variety of cultural assessment that places value on the intensity of audience engagement rather than in the prestige of the media consumed.
Margaret H. Willison is a librarian, writer, and podcaster specializing in reader’s and cultural advisory. She appears regularly on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, produces a weekly culture newsletter called Two Bossy Dames with fellow librarian and culture witch Sophie Brookover, is one third of the Appointment Television podcast, and hosts what she likes to call the best 24-7 slumber party on Twitter as @MrsFridayNext.
Monday NERTCL Lunch Speaker – Tracey Baptiste
Tracey Baptiste is the author of the highly acclaimed middle grade fantasy sensations, The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies. She’s also the author of the young adult novel, Angel’s Grace as well as numerous non-fiction books. Her newest middle grade novel is the wildly popular, Minecraft: The Crash. Her last name is pronounced buh-TEEST.
As a little girl growing up in Trinidad, Tracey loved books. When she was three, her mother bought her an oversized, illustrated copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and from that moment on, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Tracey attended New York University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for many years – second grade was her favorite – and is currently a member of the faculty at Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program. Tracey also volunteers with the grassroots, non-profit organizations, We Need Diverse Books, The Brown Bookshelf, and I, Too, Arts Collective.
Monday General Lunch – Live Podcast with Andrew Cunningham & Craig Getting
Andrew Cunningham (@AndrewWrites) is the Lead Editor at Wirecutter, wherehe writes and edits guides to help you buy stuff that doesn’t suck. Before that, hewas a computer technician who spent most of his time clearing paper jams from ancient laser printers.
Overdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
Craig Getting (@MCGetting) is the Education Director at Lantern Theater Company in
Philadelphia, PA, where he also works as a freelance director. Serious things he likes: Forrest Gump, Waiting for Godot, baseball, Kind of Blue. Goofy things he likes: Jurassic Park, Cool Dog, baseball. His bowling average currently hovers in the mid-120s.
Big Ideas with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo
Loida Garcia-Febo, President Information New Wave, ALA President-Elect
Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She is President of a not for profit charity seeking to enhance education of commutes, library users, students, information professionals from minority groups in the USA and in developing countries. She has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and Queens. She has taught in 21 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, US Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York.
Tuesday Lunch Speaker – Gregory Maguire
Gregory Maguire is a writer of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. His best-known work is Wicked.
He also helped found and for 25 years codirected Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit that raises awareness of the significance of literature in the lives of children.
Biographical information can be found at Gregory Maguire, Wikipedia.com.
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