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My ALA Annual Plan-ual


Later this week I’m headed to the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference (do all those words get capitalized? I’m going with it). Will you be there?

I have a three-pronged approach to the conference this year.

Prong #1: Librarian Stuff

I could go on about the stuff I want to hit, but really this article does a better job than I could. I’m hoping to hit a bunch of the programming listed there.

Prong #2: Podcast Stuff

The Yarn, Inc. (there’s no Inc.) has a room reserved for recording interviews with the makers of these fine books (coming soon to a Yarn episode near you):

Also, we’re recording a LIVE episode on Sunday at 10:00am, and you are invited. It’s on the PopTop Stage and the lineup is unquestionably wonderful:

Pop Top Instagram

Prong #3: Author Stuff

The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett

I’m also at ALA to talk about The Very Last Castle, the book I wrote and Mark Pett illustrated that’s coming out in October.

I’m signing copies of the book Sunday @ 11:00am in Abrams booth #3515 – stop by! During the signing at BEA I figured out a way to make the main character say your name, so, you know, you’re not going to want to miss that.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I’m not there this year, but congrats on the book (not sure how I missed that news!) and enjoy the signing and the conference . . . I’ll pre-order one of the signed copies at your local/ home indy book store.

  2. Sharon Verbeten says:

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to see it!