You can read a good history of the journal and the organization in Volume 40 Issue 3. It is free in the archives now and can be found at this link. It is worth the read. It has reports from the early editors of the journal and some of the authors who appeared in the first 40 years of the journal.
The current President of ALAN, Mark Letcher, has put together a dynamite program. I am sorry if you can’t be there, but you can certainly browse the program, be inspired, and start planning on joining us in 2019 in Baltimore. It is not too early to start thinking about how to get there.
I have written about the issue too many times on this blog. I wrote directly about the Orlando shootings at the Pulse Night Club. I live in Las Vegas and a little over a year ago I wrote about the horrible mass shooting that took place in my home town. The day after last Valentine’s Day I found myself writing about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Florida. To top it off I could be writing about several more shooting--Sutherland Spring, Texas; Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh; and, just a week ago in a night club frequented by college students in Thousand Oaks, California. I, for one, have had enough.
Last March, I joined with Shelly Shaffer and Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil in a book project that took on the issue. We recruited quite a few people in the English Education and in the YA communities to write a chapter around their expertise. We are happy to announce that the book is in print and the official release date is Dec. 15, 2018. It is entitled Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Arts Classroom. If you find one of us at NCTE or the ALAN Workshop we will have fliers with a discount code. (or you can download it here) We will be highlight the book on the blog around the official release date.
Here is the image and a flier with the details on how to get the book with a discount.
Most of the contributors will be presenting on their chapters at this Roundtable session at NCTE. The wonderful and dynamic Sharon Draper has agreed to be the keynote. Her name isn't in the program, so spread the word. It is an early session on Sunday morning. Make sure that you put it on your schedule.
Until next week.