CLA Conference 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:00am to Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:30pm

California Library Association Conference 2021 logo is a building made out of book spines and a telescope in black on a blue background. Renaissance: The Library Renewal Virtual | May 11-14, 2021

Graphic of A. J. Sass in yellow circle with cover image of Ana on the Edge in top left and photo of A. J. in bottom right.Graphic of Aida Salazar in light blue circle with cover image of Land of Cranes in top left for the John and Patricia Beatty Award.Graphic of Alan Gratz in red circle with cover image of Refugee in top left for the California Young Reader Medal.Graphic of Alok Vaid-Menom in green circle with cover image of Beyond the Gender Binary in top left and photo of Alok (c) Elvid Hansen in bottom right.Graphic of Blair Imani in brown circle with cover image of Making Our Way Home in top left and photo of Blair (c) Kaelen Barowsky in bottom right.Graphic of Isabel Quintero in pink circle with cover image of My Papi has a Motorcycle in top left for the John and Patricia Beatty Award.Rivers Solomon in purple circle with cover image of The Deep in top left and photo of Rivers (c) Wasi Dniju in bottom right.Young Reader Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Literature for Young People showing a drawing of a reader leaning against the outline of California

The California Library Association is partnering with Once Upon A Time Bookstore to provide books for the featured authors and presentors at the 2021 conference. Select authors are providing signed book plates that can be dedicated to libraries or individuals.

Friday May 14th at 10 am

Trans & Non-Binary Authors Panel

A. J. Sass (he/they) is a writer, editor, and competitive skater. A long-time figure skater, he has passed his U.S. Figure Skating Senior Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests, medaled twice at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, and currently dabbles in ice dance. A. J. lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs. Ana on the Edge is his first novel.

Find him online at https://sassinsf.com/ and on Twitter @matokah.

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Rivers Solomon (fae/they) writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel An Unkindness of Ghosts was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, an Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) and a Locus award. Solomon's second book, The Deep, based on the Hugo-nominated song by Daveed Diggs-fronted hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and shortlisted for a Nebula, Locus, Hugo, Ignyte, Brooklyn Library Literary, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award. Solomon's short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, Best American Horror and Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere. A refugee of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Solomon was born on Turtle Island but currently resides on an isle in an archipelago off the western coast of the Eurasian continent.

Find them online at https://www.riverssolomon.com/

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Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. Their distinctive style and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. As a mixed-media artist Alok uses poetry, prose, comedy, performance, fashion design, and portraiture to explore themes of gender, race, trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020). In 2019 they were honored as one of NBC’s Pride 50 and Out Magazine’s OUT 100. They have presented their work in more than 40 countries. 

Find them online at https://www.alokvmenon.com/ and at @alokvmenon on Instagram.

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Friday May 14th at 3 pm

Closing Keynote

Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, social activist, public speaker, educator and influencer. She is the author of two historical books Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020). The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique “brand combining progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.” Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. 

Blair Imani educates using a variety of social media platforms (Youtube, Instagram, TikTok) in addition to speaking at universities and organizations around the world. She serves on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and Muslims for Progressive Values.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Blair Imani attended Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. Her fearless leadership took her to the front lines of anti police violence protests and, following her arrest at the protests of Alton Sterling’s murder in Baton Rouge, Blair began building a platform and social media presence to organize and create awareness about injustices in Black, LGBTQ+, and Muslim communities. 

Following her meteoric rise to prominence during the uprisings of 2020, Blair Imani was profiled by The New York Times to discuss her daily routine as a historian, social activist, and influencer. A highly sought-after public speaker, Blair Imani has appeared on FOX News (“Tucker Carlson Tonight”) and MSNBC (“The Point”), presented at colleges and universities (including Harvard, Yale, and Brown), spoken at progressive conferences around the world, and has delivered powerful talks and speeches for organizations that include GLAAD, TEDx, and LoveLoud.

Her viral TEDxBoulder talk, “Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile”, has sparked important discourse about the intersection of the two identities. In 2019, she was proudly featured in New York City Pride’s campaign honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. From the United States to Germany, Kenya, and the United Kingdom, Blair Imani has inspired audiences around the world.

As an Influencer and historian, semi-retired organizer, and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

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Books: 
Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593094655
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

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Sorrowland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374266776
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

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The Deep Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534439870
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 4th, 2020

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An Unkindness of Ghosts Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617755880
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Akashic Books - October 3rd, 2017

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Staff Pick Badge
The Moon Within Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338283372
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 26th, 2019

Aida will be at the Thursday afternoon Tea Honoring the California Young Reader Medal and Beatty Award Recipients

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Mi papi tiene una moto Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554943
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

Isabel will be at the Thursday afternoon Tea Honoring the California Young Reader Medal and Beatty Award Recipients

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Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

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Before She was Harriet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823420476
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

Picture Books for Older Readers 2021-2022 Nominee

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The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781585369942
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - April 15th, 2017

Picture Books for Older Readers 2021-2022 Nominee

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Let the Children March Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544704527
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Clarion Books - January 2nd, 2018

Picture Books for Older Readers 2021-2022 Nominee

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Patron Saints of Nothing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554912
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Published: Kokila - June 18th, 2019

Young Adult 2021-2022 Nominee

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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Young Adult 2021-2022 Nominee

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The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Young Adult 2021-2022 Nominee

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Middle School/Junior High 2021-2022 Nominee

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The Jigsaw Jungle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147516237
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

Middle School/Junior High 2021-2022 Nominee

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The Length of a String Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229471
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Published: Dial Books - May 1st, 2018

Middle School/Junior High 2021-2022 Nominee

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Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Intermediate 2021-2022 Nominee

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250196705
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 8th, 2019

Intermediate 2021-2022 Nominee

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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Intermediate 2021-2022 Nominee

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Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781484767603
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

Primary 2021-2022 Nominee

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Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Primary 2021-2022 Nominee

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All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Primary 2021-2022 Nominee

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Hair Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553366
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

Primary 2021-2022 Nominee

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Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Primary 2021-2022 Nominee

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