ALA the annual meeting of the American Library Association is a little more than a month away. I'm excited because I'll be accepting the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award at the RUSA Achievement Awards Event on Sunday of the conference. I'll also be seeing my dear libraryland friends, the librarians, editors, publishers, and authors who mean the world to me.
I'm planning my reading for ALA because I am such a fan girl and I always like to be prepared. When I meet the authors I am in such awe of, I want to have recently read their books.
I'm going to a dinner where the guests of honor include Deborah Coonts, Terry Goodkind, Alan Gratz, Rachel Howzell Hall, P.J. Hoover, Douglas Preston, Hank Phillippi Ryan, V. E. Schwab, Wen Spencer, and Jo Walton.
Some of these authors are new to me, some I've enjoyed in the past, and OMG! I get to meet Jo Walton! I loved Nancy Pearl's interview of Jo but most of all I loved her book Among Others, published by Tor Books (ISBN:9780765321534) in 2011.
In 1979, fifteen-year-old Mor, grieving the death of her twin and her own loss of mobility due to a shattered leg and hip is sent to a girls' boarding school. She finds refuge in the science fiction and fantasy novels she loves and spends as much time as she can in the school library and public library. Meanwhile she tries to see fairies, who do not seem present in England, a big difference from where she lived in Wales.
The beauty in this book lies in Mor's connection to books and through her love of books, relationships with the school librarian, her newly met father, and Wim, an attractive "bad boy" from the library SF club. I probably love this so much because she is so much me when I was a young teen and even though this story, told in diary format, is set in 1979-80, when the protagonist is 15 and I was 25, we were reading the same books at the same time and often, even coming to the same conclusions about them. This book is well deserving of all the accolades and awards it won.
As a procrastiread, a book so good I didn't want it to end, I was able to stretch it out over three days. It is meant to be savored.
Jo Walton is not the only author I'm excited about in this lineup. I'll be writing about the ones I've read soon, and after I have read the ones new to me, I'll be sharing them with you.