"People of the Books" Blog

AJL Reads: Join the Discussion March 13

Please join us for a discussion of The English Spy by Daniel Silva on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific Time via call-in show. We'll discuss the book by phone, and record the discussion for those who miss it.

Call (724) 444-7444 and enter the Call ID 139461 to participate! The discussion will last approximately one hour. 

You can hear AJL READS' January 2016 book discussion of My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner, and get the schedule for other upcoming book discussions, HERE.

AJL Elections Coming Soon

This spring we will elect our new slate of AJL officers. The nominating committee has been hard at work, recruiting excellent candidates to lead AJL. We are pleased to present to you your slate of candidates for the spring election. Information about the election procedures will be sent to AJL members by e-mail within the next few weeks. Thanks to all the candidates for their eagerness to serve AJL!

VP/President-Elect: Dina Herbert

Treasurer: Pat Fenton

Secretary: Nancy Sack

VP for Membership: Shulamis Hes

VP for Development: Fred Isaac

RAS President: Rebecca Jefferson 

RAS VP: Rachel Simon

SSC President: Kathy Bloomfield

SSC VP: Susan Kusel

Day 5: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

The "grand finale" of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour is a virtual panel discussion amongst the various winning authors and illustrators. As always, this roundup is hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. 

Click here to read the virtual panel discussion

The participants made comments about the experience like "Always inspiring to be included in a group of such accomplished, thoughtful authors and illustrators!" (Leslie Kimmelman), "It's wonderful to read all the blogs!" (Kathy Kacer), and "It has been an honor and a privilege getting to know all of you. See you in Charleston!" (Heidi Smith Hyde). We hope to see you as well, dear reader, in Charleston at the 51st Annual Association of Jewish Libraries conference where the Sydney Taylor winners will receive their awards! 

The entire blog tour may be found here.

Day 4: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

A little catch-up today with the Shanghai Sukkah interviews, and two new Blog Tour stops: Everybody Says Shalom and Stones on a Grave.

Be sure to check out yesterday's interview on The Hired Girl, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.

Catching up from WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Kristi's Book Nook
Author & Illustrator Interviews


Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Talitha Shipman
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Book Q&A's with Deborah Kalb
Author Interview

Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading
Author Interview and Book review


Day 3: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2016

We're not sure what happened to the the interview on Shanghai Sukkah that was supposed to appear at Kristi's Book Nook today - we hope Kristi is okay and we'll bring you the interview ASAP. In the meantime, here is the Jewish Book Council's interview on The Hired Girl! 

Be sure to check out yesterday's interviews on Adam and Thomas and Hereville, and get the rest of the blog tour schedule here.


The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The Prosen People
Author interview