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The Band's Robbie Robertson, Illustrator David Shannon to Highlight Closing Session
A legendary songwriter, guitarist and author, and an award-winning author and illustrator will be the featured presenters at the ALA Annual Conference Closing General Session, Tuesday, June 30 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner (No, David!) David Shannon will talk about their new book, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Current ALA President Courtney L. Young will also pass the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA President Sari Feldman and introduce the new Division Presidents.
Robertson was the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary musical group The Band. Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker's message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Keynote Speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals Announcements and Celebration
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, long a champion of the importance of libraries, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence celebration. The literary event is shaping up to be as significant and unmissable as last year, when winners Doris Kearns Goodwin and Donna Tartt spent time mingling informally with attendees at the dessert and drinks reception after accepting their medals, and Karin Slaughter was the keynote speaker.
Abdul-Jabbar is NBA's all-time leading scorer, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, a U.S. Cultural Ambassador, a New York Times best-selling author, and a regular Time Magazine essayist. He has written 10 books, including children's stories, two autobiographies, and several historical works. What Color is My World? won the NAACP award for Best Children's Book.
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San Francisco Awaits ALA!
Sarah Lewis Featured Speaker at ALA President's Program
Sarah Lewis (photo © Annie Leibovitz)
Art historian, critic, writer, and “cultural powerhouse” Sarah Lewis is the featured speaker for ALA President Courtney Young's President's Program. The President's Program and ALA Awards Presentation is scheduled from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The awards program begins at 3:00 p.m.; the President's Program is set to start at 3:30 p.m.
Lewis celebrates creativity, focusing on how it can lead us through fear and failure to ultimate success. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward and our failures that become the process?
“Embrace the Near Win” was selected as one of TED Talks' 2014 Collection of the Most Powerful Talks. In it, as in her acclaimed debut book The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery, she urges her audience to consider the role of the almost-failure in our own lives. “Coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you attain what you never dreamed you could,” she said. “Completion
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