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Some Recent C-SPAN Offerings of Interest to Librarians and Book Lovers: The Harlem Book Fair, and To Kill a Mockingbird

July 18, 2010

I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading a book (Fresh: A Perishable History) while listening to/watching C-SPAN BookTV‘s coverage of the 2010 Harlem Book Fair (this is a special kind of book-obsessed geekery).

For whatever reason, C-SPAN has these videos set as “not shareable” and “not embeddable,” so you’ll have to go to the actual sites to see them; I have managed to provide a direct link to the video clip of interest.

First, there is a panel discussion on diversity in children’s and young adult publishing. This panel features authors Nick Burd, Jerry Craft, and Zetta Elliott, along with Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson of Just Us Books, and Vanesse J Lloyd-Sgambati of the African American Children’s Book Project. Librarians may be interested in discussion of the need to collect children’s and young adult books that reflect a variety of ethnicities and skin tones. The panelists also spoke about the need for parents to have books in the home, and the problem of the assumption that children’s books featuring white characters are for all children while books featuring non-white characters are assumed to be only for the populations they depict.

A second panel of interest was the biography and memoir panel, which might provide some to-read or “to buy for the library” suggestions. It featured the following authors talking about their lives and books:

Finally, BookTV also aired an event from the recent American Libraries Assocation meeting featuring author Mary McDonagh Murphy talking about the impact of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and her book, “Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird.” The discussion also features celebrity librarian Nancy Pearl.

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  1. July 18, 2010 2:20 pm

    Thanx for the heads up and please don’t even get started on the sharing or whatever its called part of it. Note to self I should watch more C-SPAN Booktv because I have watched it off and on in the past.

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