John Cho, sensitive collections, being a rainbow ally

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John Cho

When actor John Cho was writing his debut middle-grade novel, Troublemaker, he wanted to capture three generational perspectives through the story of Jordan, the book’s protagonist, and Jordan’s father and grandfather. During his June 25 session at the American Library Association’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition, he shared the Korean word han: “The pain that you carry from one generation to the next.”


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In the session “From Censorship to Digitization: Bringing Sensitive Collections to Light,” presenters explored historical contexts and forward-looking digital projects and how they affect marginalized communities.

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Wasn’t expecting to get all emo and choked up at this R.L. Stine session. #ALAAC22 —@catladylib
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Comic book artist Kevin Eastman, with Peter Laird, is the creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, which has led to an animated TV series, toys, and movies. His newest work, The Last Ronin (with Laird and Tom Waltz), follows a lone-surviving turtle in a dystopian New York City. 11 a.m.–noon Sunday, June 26.

Led by the Rainbow Round Table, this panel will discuss experiences with allyship and LGBTQIA+ outreach, support for LGBTQIA+ staff, best practices for engaging in difficult conversations, and ways to be aware of internal biases. 1–2 p.m. Sunday, June 26.

In this session led by ALA President Patricia “Patty” M. Wong, award-winning authors, publishers, and literacy advocates will discuss new ways to tell Asian American stories and how to get them into the hands of readers. 4–5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26.


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After two years of virtual meetings, ALA’s 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition returns to Washington, D.C. Read our roundup of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities at this year’s event.

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Need some tips for navigating D.C. and having a successful conference? Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Busboys and Poets restaurateur Andy Shallal, and ALA staffers offer expert advice for your trip to the nation’s capital.

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The 2022 Local Information Committee of ALA’s New Members Round Table has created a Google Map that highlights restaurants, coffee shops, and attractions near the convention center.


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