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Authors

Author Raj Tawney

The Power of Libraries and an Encouraging Mom

Raj Tawney is an essayist and journalist who often writes about family, food, and culture from his multiracial American perspective. His debut memoir, “Colorful Palate: A Flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience,” was recently released. His second book, “All Mixed Up,” a middle grade novel, will be released fall 2024. We’re happy to have Tawney share with us the impact that libraries have had on his life and career.

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I Love Libraries Launches New Podcast, “How I Library”

The American Library Association and I Love Libraries are proud to release the new podcast “How I Library.” This monthly series will feature authors, filmmakers, musicians, scholars, thought leaders, and, of course, librarians discussing the importance of libraries, their favorite library memories, and issues facing the library world.

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Neil Gaiman Donates $25,000 to His Local Library

Neil Gaiman is one of our favorite authors. The mind behind The Sandman, American Gods, Coraline, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (with Terry Pratchett), and so many more fantastical books is a fierce supporter of libraries. So much so that he recently donated $25,000 to the Woodstock (N.Y.) Library. The funds will go towards a children’s reading circle, a spot for storytimes and group activities at the library’s new location when it opens next year.

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Jason Reynolds

“Libraries are places for everybody.” A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is one of the most acclaimed writers of young adult literature in the world. The recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, Reynolds is the bestselling author of Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, All American Boys (with Brendan Kiely), Long Way Down, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (with Ibram X. Kendi), Stuntboy, in the Meantime, Stuntboy, In-Between Time, and Ain’t Burned All the Bright, as well as books in the Mile Morales Spider-Man franchise for Marvel Entertainment. And he has great taste in music.

Reynolds spoke with I Love Libraries recently about writing for young readers, the fun and challenges of working in the superhero world, book bans, library memories, music, and more.

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