... and so is Romance in all it's bookish forms. While the Romance Writers of America won't be holding the RWA annual conference until July, Valentine's Day is a great time to read about:
- The RWA awards for both published and unpublished authors.
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Librarians will gather at their annual Midwinter ALA in Philadelphia starting this Friday, January 24 through Tuesday, January 28.
Highlights of the conference include New York Times best-selling authors David Baldacci and Matthew Quick (the Silver Linings Playbook author also did a video thanking librarians), and children's book illustrators Melissa Sweet and Kadir Nelson. The Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture on Saturday 1/25 will be given by human rights advocate and best-selling author Ishmael Beah, whose book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, has helped shine an international spotlight on critical issues related to children and war and has been published in over 30 languages.
Of course, what would a conference be without exhibits? There will be plenty -- and the much-anticipated annual ALA Youth Media Awards (which include the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal) will be presented on Monday, January 27.
For more information, visit the 2014 ALA Midwinter conference website.
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On an average day at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York City you can belly up to an actual Gutenberg Bible, or check out cuniform tablets (the closest thing to text messaging in ancient Babylonia), or correspondence from the likes of George Washington, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Queen Elizabeth (that's Queen Elizabeth I, not the current one).
But if you want a peek into Man Booker Prize history or a comprehensive artifactually-illustrated overview of Edgar Allan Poe's career, time's running out.
The Bookermania exhibit draws from the Morgan's 4,000-piece Man Book Prize Collection to highlight 45 years of winners, the notable short-listers, and the most contentious controversies surrounding Britain's most prestigious literary award -- there's a lot of them, so that's saying something. Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize is open until January 5.
Edgar Allan Poe's work is perennially popular and he's credited with inventing the modern mystery novel (so much so that the Mystery Writers of America named their prestigious annual awards after Poe and his most famous poem, "The Raven"). The Morgan honors the writer with Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul which, after January 26 will be seen "Nevermore."
And, as it does every Christmas season, the Morgan is showcasing the original (and only) manuscript of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Penned in the author's own hand (and edited without the aid of a word processing program), the manuscript was acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1890 and 1900. The Christmas Carol manuscript is on view until January 12, at which time it will be put away until next year.
For museum hours and information on other current exhibits, visit www.themorgan.org.
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