Saturday, September 21, 2019

Seeing My Skin - a review

Jarrett-Schell, Peter, Seeing My Skin: (A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness) [New York]: Church Publishing, [August 17] 2019.

I picked this up as an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) at ALA this summer. In unusual fashion, I actually was reading it as the publication date arrived. It has made me stop and think about many of the things I think, say, and do.

The book opens with an incredibly powerful vignette of an actual event, and is the author's Facebook posting of that event. The rest of the book is divided by location and starts with a series of vignettes, followed by a “debriefing.”

The stories tell of his experiences of the racial divide and his reactions to what he has experienced. It starts with his growing up, and ends with incidents after the most recent presidential election. The debriefing section of each chapter is probably the most powerful.

The author is an Episcopal priest who met his wife in college. She is also an ordained Episcopal priest. He is white, she is black.

I think this a book which I want to sit and read again … that doesn’t often happen.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

ALA Annual - DC

Here is the semi-annual posting of my schedule ... Right now, this matches the version of the calendar in the ALA Scheduler, and lives both on Google Calendar and in my personal Outlook calendar. It is still tentative! There are overlapping meetings. Some of the decisions are "game day" decisions based on location and priority in my work/ALA life. I am the incoming chair of the ALA Membership Meetings Committee, so that meeting along with the Membership Meeting itself take priority. As the ASGCLA Division Councilor, Council and the ASGCLA Board get priority, too.

I get to town early, and will actually do some tourist things during the day on Thursday!

Clicking on any event will show details. Also clicking on "ALA" opens the calendar for that day. I have figured out how to show the Agenda ... this is a work in progress as I jump into HTML editing to make it look the way I want!

And do note the time zone note on the bottom. I have entered the correct time zone in the calendar ... so we will see how that works out for me. I may have mastered this!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

ALA Elections 2019 [edited]

ALA ballots are coming out. I received mine, and have started working through the list.

There is a great guide to the election with candidate statements on the ALA web site. It is a great looking booklet, with a great description of Council including some of the pertinent actions taken over the past few years.

There is a link on page 16 to the Council bio statements (PDF, 194 pages!):

And there is an Excel workbook on the main election page:
Here is a link to Andromeda Yelton's wonderful Council Candidate Sorter. (She has been doing this for several years now ... maybe 5 years?) The code behind it on GitHub (which I only very moderately understand...)
The results will be posted April 10, 2019 on that last link above.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Book Read 2018

Here is the list of books I read in 2018.

    Art Boss by Kayla Cagan YA - ARC
    Liar, Liar: A Nicole Graves Mystery by Nancy Boyarsky ARC
    Sugar Run: a novel by Mesha Maren ARC
    Other People's Love Affairs: Stories by D. Wynstan Owen ARC
    Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons and Reflections from the Mitford Series by Jan Karon ARC
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery a re-reading in English
    Zion: A Novel by Dayne Sherman LLA 2018 book
    All Happy Families: A Memoir by Jeanne McCullough ARC
    The Saint of Wolves & Butcher: A Novel by Alex Grecian ARC
    Krazy: George Herriman, a life in black and white by Michael Tisserand 2017 LBF author
    The Astonishing Color of After: A Novel by Emily X. R.Pan ARC
    Instructions for a Secondhand Heart: A Novel by Tamsyn Murray ARC
    The Price of a Haircut: Stories by Brock Clarke ARC
    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY READ 2018
    Hard to Forget: an Alzheimer's Story by Charles P. Pierce
    Reviewed here
    Nine Irish Lives: The fighters, thinkers & artists who helped build America edited by Mark Bailey ARC
    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and mourning on the American right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes ARC -- inscribed by author
    What You Don't Know about Charlie Outlaw: A Novel by Leah Stewart ARC
    The Hunger by Alma Katsu ARC
    To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon ARC

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ALA Midwinter 2019

Here is my tentative schedule for ALA Midwinter. Note that it is still tentative!

I am flying in on Thursday (1/24) and leaving for Pullman on the 30th - after I teach a class online. (Note: I have not figured out how to make "Agenda" the default view.") Clicking on any event will show details. And do note the time zone note on the bottom. Here, I am seeing things in the Central Time zone, not sure how true that is for others.