professornana (professornana) wrote,

Ah Sweet Irony

I am writing this post from foggy, rainy, chilly Seattle where many of us are gathering for the ALA Midwinter Conference. This is the working conference for many of us. Committees will meet oer the next days. Many will have important announcements on Monday at the Press Conference. Ohters will continue working a few more days to finish BFYA and Quick Picks and other lists. Tomorrow morning, the Odyssey Committee members will gather to discuss our finalists from the more than 500 audiobooks we listened to this past year. It is a closed meeting; our winner and honor titles will be among those announced Monday morning. I will be blogging and tweeting from the ceremony, too.

This is one of the things that "restores my soul." It is a concrete reminder that there are many folks who LOVE books with passion and who are happy to participate in passionate and purposeful discussion about reading in all of its forms. When I begin to despair, I just have to look at the stats of how many books are published, of how much reading committee members do, of the sheer tonnage of books sitting over in the exhibit halls. Then I KNOW that the book is here to stay, that literature is not only alive and well but thriving and vibrant.

So, I am off to read some more with my ears one last time before deliberations get underway. Remember, though, that ANY book you love and your kids have come to love is already a winner even if its title is not part of the Monday announcements.
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