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Blowing Our Own Horn:
Karen Coats, Bulletin reviewer and Professor in the English Department at Illinois State University, taught the graduate course “The Modern Young Adult Novel” at Hollins University for the 2017 summer session. The class is a chronological survey of novels published for and about teenagers since The Catcher in the Rye, from modern classics to current attention getters. In November, Bloomsbury will publish her book The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Elizabeth Hoiem, Assistant Professor at the iSchool and CCB affiliate, presented her research on the representation of slavery in children’s nonfiction books at the Children’s Literature Association conference (ChLA 2017) in June. Hoiem gave her talk “The Politics of How Things Are Made: Representations of Slavery and Violence in Children’s Histories of Technology” during a session titled “Borders and Frontiers: Explorations of the Past.” She also published her article “Radical Cross-Writing for Working Children: Toward a Bottom-Up History of Children’s Literature” in The Lion and the Unicorn in January.
Rachel Magee, Assistant Professor at the iSchool and CCB affiliate, was named an American Library Association (ALA)-Google Ready to Code (RtC) Faculty Fellow. As an RtC Fellow, she will participate in Phase II of the Libraries Ready to Code project, which ALA and Google launched in January 2017 to help equip librarians with the right skills and tools to encourage kids to code. [End Page 48]