NPR has a short interview with Loriene Roy, who has recently completed her term as president of the American Library Association. Roy discusses her position as the ALA’s first Native American president and how her heritage has impacted her position. She discusses issues involving young readers in contemporary America, with a more positive outlook that we normally hear on that subject. Roy reminds us that books have survived the evolutions of television, film, and radio, and states that gaming and the Internet simply provide greater options for young readers.
Roy’s thoughts on books and reading can be found all over the NPR site, and I recommend checking back through her past documents. I don’t know if there’s ever been an ALA president so passionate and informed about such a large range of authors, genres, and issues.
Roy signs off, too, with a final reading list that includes the books she is in the middle of finishing, including Louise Erdrich’s Plague of Doves, Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and Paula Poundstone’s There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say.
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