Magazine article American Libraries

Ted Danson, Neil Gaiman Headline Midwinter: Youth Media Awards, Celebrity Authors, and What to Expect from the New U. S. Congress Highlight San Diego Conference

Magazine article American Libraries

Ted Danson, Neil Gaiman Headline Midwinter: Youth Media Awards, Celebrity Authors, and What to Expect from the New U. S. Congress Highlight San Diego Conference

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Business meetings, celebrity authors--including Ted Danson, Kathy Reichs, Andre Dubus III, and Neil Gaiman--visits with vendors, and an abundance of discussion opportunities will highlight the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, January 7--11, at the San Diego Convention Center and area hotels.

The eyes of the publishing world will turn to California's second largest city for the announcement of the Youth Media Award winners, Monday, January 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The coveted awards honor authors and illustrators of books for children and youth, along with producers of children's audio and video materials. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the awards guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children's and young adult literature and media.

For the first time this year, the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award joins the Youth Media Award announcements, which include such prominent literary prizes as the Coretta Scott King Book Award, John Newbery Medal, Michael Printz Award, Randolph Caldecott Medal, Schneider Family Book Awards, Pura Belpre and other distinguished awards for youth literature. Administered by ALA's Stonewall Book Awards Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Round Table, the Stonewall Award is to be given annually to English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.

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"Children's books regarding the GLBT experience are critical tools in teaching tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of diversity," said ALA President Roberta Stevens. "Our nation is one of diverse cultures and lifestyles, and it is important for parents, educators, and librarians to have access to quality children's books that represent a spectrum of cultures."

The demand for quality GLBT children's books continues to grow as the nation becomes more diverse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 14 million children have a gay or lesbian parent, and the most current U.S. Census data shows that more than 56% of same-sex households have at least one child under the age of 18.

ALA will provide a free live webcast of the Youth Media Awards at 7:45 a.m.(PST) January 10. The number of available connections is limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online visitors can view the live webcast the morning of the announcements at alawebcast.uni-kron.com. Live results also will be available via Twitter at twitter.com/ ALAyma (hashtag#alayma). Members also can view live updates via the ALA Youth Media Awards press kit, RSS feed, or ALA Youth Media Awards Facebook page. A press release announcing all award recipients will be posted in the Youth Media Awards Press Kit at ala.org/ yma prior to 10 a.m. (PST).

Stevens hosts Ted Danson

Ted Danson, who has had a 35-year, award-winning career in films and television, will be featured at the President's Program, Sunday, January 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m, hosted by ALA President Roberta Stevens.

"While most people know him from his popular roles in Cheers, Becker, Damages, and Bored to Death,'' said Stevens, "fewer realize that over the course of the past two-and-a-half decades Ted Danson has devoted himself tirelessly to the cause of heading off a looming global catastrophe--the massive destruction of the oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world's major commercial fisheries. In his book Oceana, he details his journey from a modest local protest in the mid-1980s opposing offshore oil drilling near his Southern California neighborhood to his current status as one of the world's most influential oceanic environmental activists. …

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