Mock Printz booktalk: Spinning by Tillie Walden

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Lisa Elliott of Tigard Public Library.

Every morning for twelve years, Tillie rises before dawn to head to skating practice. The hardest part is acclimating to the cold as she moves from her warm car onto the ice. She eventually begins sleeping on top of her blankets in her practice clothes so she can spend a few precious minutes resting rather than dressing, starting out the morning cold to lessen the brutality of the transition to the rink.

Tillie is a competitive figure skater, and though she is a dedicated athlete, she hasn’t found joy in her sport in a long time. But she does love art, and cello practice, and her girlfriend. Pops of color punctuate the muted tones of her life growing up in New Jersey, then Texas. Her life is a confusion of absent parents, sketch books, mean girls, trophies, creepy men, and coming out. In all this chaos, skating might not be what she wants to do, but it does keep her focused until the day art takes over.

OYAN Review: Awarding Mock Printz!

This post is an article from the Spring 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Ian Duncanson of the Beaverton City Library and Lisa Elliot of the Tigard Public Library.

The cover of the book The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeLisa: On January 21, 35 folks attended the 2017 Mock Printz work shop at the Central Branch of Multnomah Public Library. Meanwhile, 100,000 people descended on downtown Portland for the Women’s March. That’s right, 100,000 demonstrators, 35 workshop attendees, and I still got a parking spot. For next year, we’ll work a little harder to anticipate political upheaval, thus avoiding major advocacy schedule conflicts. For this year, however, I was happy to spend the afternoon in a warm, dry room with 35 librarians and teens in solidarity over our love of good books. Ian, how was your day?

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