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(Re)membering and (Re)living: Probing the Collective and Individual Past

August 29, 2014

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Calls for Papers and Proposals The ALAN Review Summer 2015: (Re)membering and (Re)living: Probing the Collective and Individual Past Submissions due November 1, 2014 Stories are dynamic, told and heard, accepted and revered, rejected and rewritten by readers who draw from their experiences and understandings to garner meaning from the words on the page.  In […]

From the Heartland: Mari Evans

August 29, 2014


Mari Evans was born in Toledo in 1923. I first encountered her works while in college. I needed a poem and, there she was. Upon discovering that Evans shared my hometown, I tucked her in my memories. After all, who in the world is from Toledo?? Like me, most know Evans as a poet. Her […]

From the Heartland: Ashley Hope Perez

August 25, 2014


Some places come into your life, others for a season. These places give us different lessons and memories that often come back to haunt us in one way or another. Will the ghosts of Indiana end up in any of Ashley Hope Perez’s books? Who knows! Perhaps she was too busy during with school work during […]


August 24, 2014


This morning, I began a blog post, reflecting on Ferguson, Eric Garner and other shootings, but then I had to go to my shift at the community garden and my sister came to visit. Isn’t it nice to be able to just walk away from all that violence, racism, hatred and ugliness? I went to […]

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

August 13, 2014


title: Brown Girl Dreaming author: Jacqueline Woodson Date: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin; August 2014 Main Character: Jacqueline Woodson MIddle Grade Fiction There are rules to children’s books you know, and Jacqueline Woodson just broke one. Brown Girl Dreaming is the author’s poetic telling of her childhood and retrospective visits to childhood are supposed to be adult […]

From the Heartland: Elsa Marston

August 12, 2014


Considering authors who write about African American, Latino, Arab or Muslim Americans, Native Americans in my state of Indiana has uncovered a true wealth of authors. It’s a bit funny to see such richness in this state when Indiana in YA is usually seen as the last place on earth. But, to those teens who […]

REFORMA National Conference

August 10, 2014

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I received the following in an email from REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Are you doing research on the Latino community and its library needs? If so, please consider submitting a proposal to the Fifth REFORMA National Conference. The Call for Proposals is here:!proposals/c4dl Program […]

August Releases

August 8, 2014

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Although somewhat late, I am so glad to deliver this list of MG and YA releases by authors of color for the month of August. It’s been quite a long while since we’ve seen so many releases in one month. If you prefer a more visual presentation, visit the Pinterest Board. And, the 2014 cumulative […]

From the Heartland: Dharathula “Dolly” Hood Millender

August 6, 2014


Local authors provide teens access to the landscape of local history and geography. They write about stories that include the language, hangouts and routines of local teens. They also visit schools and libraries and remind young adults that reading and writing are important and that anyone right here in this town, in this state, in […]