Starr LaTronica is the Youth Services/Outreach Manager for the Four County Library System and the immediate past president of the Association for Library Service to Children. She has served as chair of the John Newbery Award committee and as a panelist for TheNew York Times Best Illustrated Books for Children. She is the namesake for Daniel Pinkwater’s librarian character Starr Lakawanna in Looking for Bobowitz, (HarperCollins: 2003), who utters the immortal line, “I live to amaze, astonish and astound. Those are things librarians do well.”
Dave Shallenberger is co-owner of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia, “the best independent bookstore for kids & the grownups they become in the observable universe.” Prior to the founding of Little Shop in 2005 he worked as an attorney who practiced in the area of labor and employment law, and had served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia.
Phil Klay accepts the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction for Redeployment
Evan Osnos accepts the 2014 National Book Award in Nonfiction for Age of Ambition
Jacqueline Woodson accepts the 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming
Louise Glück accepts the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry for Faithful and Virtuous Night