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OLA 2015: How to Give a Book Talk without Being a Talking Book
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Date: Friday May, 1
Time: 11:00 am - noon
Sponsor: Public Libraries Division (PLD)

By using a somewhat scholarly approach to the usual book talk, presenters encourage participants to ask questions, engage in discussion and ultimately read the book themselves!

Jennifer KidneyJennifer Kidney is a freelance scholar and adjunct assistant professor for the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  She is the author of six books of poetry; her most recent collection, Road Work Ahead, was published by Village Books Press in 2012.  She has a B.A. with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in English from Yale University and more than twenty years of university level teaching experience.  She has also worked as a technical writer, poet-in-the-schools, and arts administrator.  In 2007, the Oklahoma Library Association presented her with a Special Project Award for Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma, a statewide reading and discussion project that Kidney oversaw for twenty-two years.  She has recently developed and presented programs for libraries on chocolate, herbs and spices, and Southern women writers, among others.  Kidney has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, and brownie baking.  She lives in Norman with two cats, Princess Freddy and Marvin Gaye, and her dog Lizzie.

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