Saturday, we gathered to celebrate Terry Pratchett and his lasting contribution to young adult literature at the Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon. Unfortunately, Pratchett, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, was unable to join us. Prachett’s U.S. children’s’ editor, Ann Hoppe, and long time fan and fellow author, Gail Carriger, (Soulless, first book in Parasol Protectorate series, and ALEX award winner), presented on his behalf.
Pratchett’s books have touched the lives of many readers young and old. And Saturday afternoon we talked, over lunch, about how his books have impacted us and the readers we work with. As Carriger pointed out, Pratchett’s books appeal to a wide audience, young and old, male and female, but no matter how famous he became he was always a gracious man. â€œIt is no surprise that he became Sir Terry Pratchett, for he was noble,â€ she said after recounting a story about meeting him for the first time, and his grace in the face of her obvious adoration and enthusiasm (and the fact that she happened to be dressed in a corset and velvet dress at the time). Continue reading ALA Annual 2011: Margaret A. Edwards Award Luncheon