Monday, November 9, 2009

Book Events: Children's Literature Cafe Cybils Panel

On Saturday I hooked up with new friend Rachel and attended the New York Public Library's Children's Literature Cafe panel on the Cybils. I have to confess, I was super excited to be attending an event about kid/YA lit that was geared towards adults - at a lot of these events that I tag along to, I feel like the odd one out. I'm old enough now that I can't really pass for a high school student, but I am also clearly not chaperoning a teen of my own. So it was kind of fun being one of the youngest in the room for once - there were three or four rows of chairs filled with people old enough to be my parents, and then a back row of twenty-somethings. I am terrible at estimating numbers, but it's safe to say that we were definitely in the minority.

The panelists were Pam from Mother Reader; Anne Boles Levy, founder of the Cybils; Susan Thomsen of Chicken Spaghetti and Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy. The press release said the panelists would "discuss the state of children's literature online today including ethics, publisher/blogger relations, transparency, influence (or lack thereof) over published titles, and what it means to represent an online community of children’s literary enthusiasts."

The panelists did a good job of touching on all of those points briefly, but I definitely felt we were hindered by having only an hour for discussion. There was quite a bit about ethics and transparency in light of how book bloggers were curious about how the FTC's blogging guidelines were going to affect people like bloggers who review publisher-provided ARCs. Also discussed at length were the controversies surrounding the cover of Liar and Scholastic Book Fair's attempt to censor Luv Ya' Bunches. A bit of time was spent discussing the Cybils themselves, but I think the panelists may have thought we knew a lot more about the Cybils than we did, because the only question presented to us, the audience, by them was where we thought the Cybils should go in terms of funding - non-profit status, seeking grants, etc. Since I know nothing about funding a literary award, I have no idea what applying for non-profit status would entail or mean, and it didn't seem like the audience as a whole had solid ideas, either, so that fell a bit flat.

I have to admit, I was also a little disappointed in terms of representation. Pam had a short little speech prepared to open the panel, and in it she listed all the different types of people who are active in the kidlitosphere - teachers, librarians, moms, dads, teenagers, professors, etc. And yet the panelists were four white women who had careers related to books (reviewer, librarian, etc), and most were mothers. I felt it presented a very narrow look at the kidlitosphere, and did nothing to support Pam's claims of diversity.

I am super excited to know now that the Children's Literature Cafe meets monthly - I definitely plan on going back again. I just wish it lasted longer! An hour really isn't enough time to get a great discussion going, but thanks to everyone that came out and made the hour that we did have worthwhile.


Liz B said...

Thank you so much for coming to the panel. You're right; one hour was definately not enough time!

Susan T. said...

Bookish, I'm glad you came to the event! There was (and always is) a lot to talk about.

I hope to attend more of these children's literature salons, too.

Chicken Spaghetti

Gregory K. said...

Wish I coulda been there, too. I'd note that the children's literature blogosphere is diverse... though it does skew heavily female. We're also a group that's wildly spread out, which makes it more challenging to show that diversity. Still, it's great to see the feedback, as it's something we need to be cognizant of in our national gatherings, too.

Thanks for the front-line report!

Angela said...

Liz and Susan - thanks for stopping by to comment! It was great hearing your thoughts at the panel, and I'm glad you found my little corner of the internet!

Greg - Glad you enjoyed the report! I'm not surprised that kidlit blogs skew female, since it seems like a lot of the bloggers have "real lives" that skew into heavily female areas, ie english teachers, librarians and mothers (okay, that one's more than "heavily" female). It just felt a little awkward to have one panelist highlight the diversity of the blogging community...and then have such a *non*-diverse panel.

Betsy said...

A similar comment about diversity was made about the recent SLJ cover. The problem is that while there are some fantastic diverse bloggers of children's literature out there, they don't live in New York. What's more, these were the people who organized the Cybils and they happen to be white women. If I'd invited and thrown in someone simply because they were ethnically diverse onto the panel, but who hadn't created the Cybils like them, that would have been offensive rather than inclusive.

Clearly we need a larger representative swath working on the Cybils today. But location is another problem. Bloggers don't tend to live in New York. And since my Literary Cafes don't pay for anyone to speak at them (everyone does it for free) I'm limited that way as well. For this particular event, almost everybody took trips from their homes (Anne is from Arizona) on their own dime just to speak. So I was honored to have them there.

But no, there wasn't enough time. Some discussion was made of having another Lit Cafe about blogging, just so that we can touch on more issues.

Angela Craft said...

Hi Betsy, thanks for responding! This was the first lit cafe I've attended, but not that I know they're there, I really appreciate that there's a "real life" place where adults can gather occasionally to discuss kidlit, so thanks for organizing them.

Thanks also for clarifying some of what went into finding panelists and getting them to New York.

رضا رمضان said...

خدمات النظافة بالدمام لابد ان تقدمها شركة لديها ثقة في اتمام خدمات النظافة المنزلية لان النظافة العاية لا تعطي النتيجة الفعالة التي تتم بواسطة شركة تنظيف بالدمام متخصصة لانها تهتم بكل شئ داخل المباني فلدينا شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام تكون متخصصة في نظافة الفلل المفروشة والمستعملة واعطائها الرونق الجمالي الخاص بها لدينا شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام متخصصة في اعمال نظافة الشقق المنزلية وشقق المكاتب والمعارض بواسطة الادوات والمواد اللازمة لعمل ذلك لدينا تخصصتنا في اعمالنا التي ترضي العميل وتخلصة من الحشرات الصغيرة التي تسبب ازعاج كبير للاسرة من خلال شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام التي لديها معدتها وموادها لعمل ذلك كما يوجد متخصص ايضا للقضاء علي الحشرات من خلال التواصل مع شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تنتهيك من كل الحشرات المنزلية كما نعمل معا للواصل اليك كل الخدمات المنزلية من خلال خدمة الاثاث بواسطة افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام والتعامل معها سوف يصل الي منزلك الجيد بدون اي تعب
كما يوجد خدمتنا الاخري التي يمكنك البحث عنها م والاستفادة منها
شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
شركة تنظيف بالجبيل
شركة تنظيف بالاحساء

ahmed magic said...

تعد شركتناشركة تنظيف بتبوك
افضل شركة نظافه عامه بتبوك وذلك لمميزاتها المتعددة ومن أهم مميزاتها تحافظ على المنازل وعلى صلاحيتها وجمالها وعدم حدوث اى أضرار له وهذا ما تفعله شركتنا للحفاظ على أشياء العملاء لانهم يهتمون بكل شىء يخص عملائهم كما أن شركتنا تمتلك عمال ذات خبره عاليه فى مجال شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك التنظيف الشامل من تنظيف منازل وقصور وفلل وبيوت كما لديهم عمال مدربين يقدمون لحضراتكم أفضل تنظيف وكل هذا واكثر سوف تجدونه فى شركة نظافة عامة بتبوك فهذة الشركة لديها متخصصين أصحاب خبره كبيرة ولديهم عمال محترفين ومدربين على هذا المجال وأيضا نقوم بعمل تنظيف للانتريهات والآثاث والرخام والزجاج والمراتب والستائر والحمامات التى يجب تنظيفها بشكل دائم شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك وغسيل الأرضيات مهما كانت صعوبة الأرضيات وبمختلف انواعها من السيراميك او الرخام وغيرها والأسقف والحوائط وأن الكثير من أعمال النظافة تقولم بها وخدمات شاملة كما أن شركتنا تستخدم أحدث المعدات والأدوات الخاصه بالنظافة أدوات فعاله ومن أفضل الأدوات الحديثة والمتطورة المتواجدة فى الاسواق وايضا تمتلك شركتنا قسم لتنظيف الزجاج والأرضيات والرخام ومن اجل كل هذه الخدمات فاننا نعتبر شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك من احسن الشركات التى تعمل فى مجال التنظيف واننا نعمل من اجل ارضاء عملائنا الكرام فشركتنا الاولى بالمملكة وانتظروا المزيد عندما تتعاملون معنا شركة تنظيف بتبوك شركة نظافة عامة بالخبر نظافة فلل وشقق وقصور توضح لنا ان شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك الشعور بالتميز والانفراد أمرا بالغ الأهمية هل فكرت يوما أن تتعامل مع أفضل شركة نظافة فلل وقصور تقوم باحداث عملية تغيير شامل للمكان الذى تعيش فيه مع اضفاء شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك جمال يختلف عن أى مكان أخر مع شركة نظافه فلل لدينا كافة الامكانيات والأدوات شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض
التى تستخدمها لجعلك أنت الأفضل والأرقى فمع الانشغال بالحياة اليومية يمكنك أن تترك نظافه الفيلا الخاصة بك لدى شركتنا التى سوف تشعرك بالسعادة والراحة الداخلية نظرا لاضفاء شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك اللمسة الجمالية على المكان الذى تعيش فيه قسم خاص للنظافه العامه نظافة فلل شقق قصور ونظافة خزانات بيوت الشعر مجالس موكيت وجهات زجاجية او رخام جلى بلاط رخام تلميع سيراميك كشف تسربات المياه عمل جميع العوازل خزانات اسطح نظافة مطابخ حمامات دريش نظافة خزان وشكراا

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