Gwenda Bond – Librarians are ROCKSTARS!

Allison and I teamed up for an interview over at Authors are ROCKSTARS! with author Gwenda Bond to discuss her YA novels BLACKWOOD and THE WOKEN GODS, the overwhelming awesomeness of her first ALA conference, and her love of Christopher Pike.

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This is the last of the interviews Allison and I did for the Librarians are ROCKSTARS! series at this summer’s ALA conference. We hope you enjoyed them, and we hope to be back with another round soon! Let us know if you have suggestions for authors you’d like to hear featured.
Previous entries in the series:

28: Cory Doctorow – Librarians are ROCKSTARS!

Steve, along with Allison from the Authors are ROCKSTARS! podcast, speak with Cory Doctorow, author, blogger, journalist, and activist. His newest book for young adults is HOMELAND and he is co-editor at Boing Boing

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Around the time of the ALA Midwinter conference last year, I teamed up with Allison and Michelle from Authors are ROCKSTARS! to produce a series of interviews we called Librarians are ROCKSTARS!, where we spoke with authors about their experiences with libraries. Since Allison and I were both attending the ALA conference in Chicago this summer (Michelle couldn’t make it, sadly), we wanted to do some more interviews with authors.

Last week, you heard our chat with Gene Luen Yang and this week, we’re proud to let you hear our insightful interview with Cory Doctorow. Even though he had a busy conference, Cory graciously gave us his time and shared his thoughts on how librarians remain relevant in the 21st century, his support for fair ebook terms for libraries, and spoiled the end of Homeland (not really).

Stay tuned to Authors are ROCKSTARS! next week for our final joint interview from ALA.


Boing Boing
Authors for Library eBooks [ALA]

Cory’s talk at Library of Congress [Craphound]
Philip Pullman: ‘Authors must be paid fairly for ebook library loans’ [The Guardian];Libraries ‘have had their day’, says Horrible Histories author [The Guardian]

Gene Luen Yang – Librarians are ROCKSTARS!

Collaboration is one of my favorite things to do. I love working with other librarians to accomplish bigger and better things, and I’m happy to say that I was able to connect with Allison Tran from the Authors are ROCKSTARS! podcast once again for our semi-regular Librarians are ROCKSTARS series (we spoke with Kirby Larson and Tom Angleberger earlier, along with her regular co-host Michelle). When Allison wasn’t busy trying to recruit me into YALSA like Sam Jackson recruiting superheroes into the Avengers, we were chatting with a number of great authors.

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First up in this series is Gene Luen Yang, Printz Award winning author and artist of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE and the new BOXERS & SAINTS. Visit the Authors are ROCKSTARS site for more info on this interview and stay tuned throughout August for more great author interviews!