Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dymphna goes to the convention

I've been at the American Library Association convention all weekend. It's always a blast being around other librarians. I noticed two interesting things:

First, Catholic publishers do a really pathetic job of promoting themsleves and the Faith. I saw booths from Tyndale, the Mormons and Zondervan publishers. I even saw two Islamic publishers. Not one Catholic publisher got even a tiny booth at the biggest collection of librarians in North America. Where was Ignatius Press? Where was Tan? Instead of tyring to make Catholic book readers feel guilty by sending them begging letters and e-mails--- I'm looking at you Envoy and Sophia Press---somebody should've been at work in DC this weekend.

Second, the vampire craze in teen lit seems to have peaked. Instead I saw a number of sexy demon romance books.That's right. Instead of fantasizing about a vampire or were wolf or wizard your teenager can now imagine herself in the arms of lover who might actualy drag her to hell. Come back Edward Cullen, you brooding, sparkly little wimp, all is forgiven.

5 comments:

steve said...

Having spent part of my career working in libraries, I'm surprised the ALA let in Tyndale, the Mormons and Zondervan. ;-)

Lola said...

I was this close to joining the ALA back when I was a freash young Librarian, but they cancelled the annual ALA convention in Denver over a Gay issue. Losing over 200K in deposits.

I was so looking forward to Denver at the time.

I didn't join then, but am now considering it again.

But, yes Tan should have been there. Along with Fr. Corapi. He should have had a booth just for giggles. That or he could have heard librarian confessions.


BTW, I'd love to see the second blog you were talking about. Crazy is entertaining.

Dymphna said...

Lola,it was Tradition in Action....shudders.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Not one Catholic publisher got even a tiny booth at the biggest collection of librarians in North America. Where was Ignatius Press? Where was Tan?"

Have they tried and been forbidden?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Second, the vampire craze in teen lit seems to have peaked. Instead I saw a number of sexy demon romance books."

If American Library Association invited people selling that crap, perhaps they are NOT inviting TAN books which condemn it?

I seem to have read somewhere that ALA put Tolkien and CSL "on the index" of THEIR forbidden books.