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Had the pleasure of going to the ALA (That's American Library Association) conference here in Chicago at McCormick Place yesterday.

In the morning I went to a workshop on Non-Fiction Reader's Advisory where I learned a myriad of ways of promoting the reading of non-fiction in libraries. I had the pleasure of sitting next to the legendary Joyce Saricks. Now that name probably doesn't mean much to those outside of public libraries but Saricks is considered to be THE authority on reader's advisory.

Then in the afternoon I went to a "Chicago Writers" Forum. Now I didn't research who was going to be there so I was bowled over when I walked into the room and saw

Studs Terkel

Alex Kotlowitz AND

Sara Paretsky sitting at the table.

It was a wonderful panel to say the least. Studs has got to be close to 90 and still sharp as a tack. I would like to have half of his passion and intellect NOW let alone when I get older. He even has a book And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey coming out this fall. It's a collection of his interviews with musicians. I think I've read nearly all the Turkel's books. My favorite is Working a collection of interviews with people of several dozen different professions.

Kotlowitz and Paretsky were all also excellent although they (as well as the rest of the room) were in awe of Studs. Kotlowitz is the writer of among other things, There Are No Children Here an amazing book about the lives of two young boys growing up in public housing in Chicago. I believe Oprah made it into a TV movie but go ahead and read it anyways.

I was introduced to Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski series during my Reader's Advisory class in library school. Paretsky tells the dark tales of the gritty streets of Chicago. My favorite of her books is Blacklist.


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Jun. 27th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like great fun: I envy you getting in the same room with Studs: I think that that would be worth the price of admission alone, and it sounds like he wasn't being shy.
Jun. 27th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Price of admission
And the big scam is that my employers paid my way to go!
Jun. 27th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Price of admission
:-) Scam away! I'd be more impressed by it, though, if I knew you worked as a Teamster or somesuch.
Jun. 27th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Studs Terkel
What a line up! But Terkel? In my dreams. What a memory for you. Thanks for writing about it. I'm lappin' it up like cream.

Jun. 27th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'd fall to my knees shaking if I walked into a room where Studs was.

He's 93 and amazing. The first book of his that I read, The Great Divide, was quite the eyeopener.
Jun. 28th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
hi.. i know this is really random but i see you like the band CAREEN [i hope its the same band im thinking of] but anyways i bought their album "Dangerously in the red" a while back but totally lost the cd and now im dying to put it on my ipod.. would you by any chance have that cd and if you do would you have the time to send me the files over the computer? thanks so much <3

Jun. 28th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
afraid not
Jun. 28th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Heh. I actually own that Kotlowitz book. I remember meeting Mike Royko as a high schooler - one of the reasons I wanted to write in the first place.

I'll get to you book meme at some point.
Jun. 28th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Surely you've told bona that you've met Royko!?!?!
Jun. 28th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
Adding you back! Was this your first ALA? It was mine. I really enjoyed it.
Jun. 28th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yep it was my first.
Jun. 29th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
studs?! STUDS?! oh, how i envy thee...this is why i need a cameraphone...for those unexpected encounters...so much more discreet than my nikon...
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