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>and man, I do love those Texas librarians (notable exceptions aside). Forthright and friendly in nature, enthusiastic and smart about books. Although our booth was down by the clothing and jewelry department (which I’ll never understand: “What, this? Just a little thing I picked up at the librarians’ convention.”) I was kept plenty busy, but had nothing like the success of our sales rep Katrina Elmer, completely fabulous at getting people to stop at our booth and then roping them in for a subscription or two. We weren’t even giving away candy. Also had a lively dinner with Randy and Andrew (aka my bosses) from Media Source along with Viki Ash, Betty Carter, Katie Turner and Dick Abrahamson, great Texas book people all. Next week takes me to Ohio for a board meeting, soon followed by a trip to Chicago for the Sutherland Lecture, again there for ALA (thank goodness it remains my favorite city) and there’s a grandchild arriving in California soon, too. Phew.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Sadly, I never made it down to your booth (likely because I had no interest in the clothing and jewelry, so I did not venture in that direction).

  2. Chris Barton says:

    >It was worth the trek down to your end of the exhibition hall, Roger — though, really, if the clothing vendors are going to score a plum spot right next to the Horn Book booth, they at least ought to capitalize on it by offering commemorative bowties.

  3. Debbie Reese says:

    >Dang, Roger. LITTLE RUNNER OF THE LONGHOUSE??? I get your point, but it would have been nice if you had included just a line about it being a relic of the past.

  4. Debbie Reese says:
  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Well, Deb, I guess this shows that different books have different meanings for different people. I completely accept your implied point that Little Runner is yet another example of specious representation of Indians, but I don’t feel the need to point that out when I’m making a point about my own childhood reading.

  6. Roger Sutton says:

    >Sorry for the plenitude of “points”!

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