Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at age 87: Three-time Newbery Honor author Zilpha Keatley Snyder died in San Francisco at age 87 from complications of a stroke. The California native, born in Lemoore in 1927, received Newbery Honor medals for The Egypt Game (1967), The Headless Cupid (1971), and The Witches of Worm (1972). A teacher who wanted to become an author, Snyder said her students influenced her as a writer – to offer them stories they would enjoy. Many of her books were set in California, including Cat Running (1994), Song of the Gargoyle (1993), And Condors Danced (1987), Gib Rides Home (1998) and Gib and the Gray Ghost (2000).
Many ACL members recalled Snyder’s presentations at ACL Institutes in the past, talking about censorship (many of her books were challenged due to the magical elements in the plots) and other issues. Her husband Larry would accompany her to these talks, joining us for lunch. He was a musician and teacher, and both of the Snyders were wonderful conversationalists. They loved to travel and told great stories about whatever country they had just visited. For more, please see:
2015 ALA Conference Needs Volunteers: The ALSC Local Arrangements Committee for 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco is looking for great volunteers. 2015 ALA/ALSC Conference volunteer opportunities include Caldecott/Newbery banquet helpers, ALSC program greeters, Pre-Conference support, evaluation collectors, monitors, and other assigned tasks. Volunteers must be registered ALA attendees.
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