Past Conferences & Skip Anthony Lectures

*Skip Anthony was the librarian at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh.  He was a founding member of AISL, ” a lifelong librarian, the best in the profession, and a friend to all of us “old-timers”.   Active in our library organizations, he was always present to give advice, encouragement and support.   His passing in 1990 saddened us all and was a tremendous loss to AISL.”–Mark Hillsamer, “AISL at Nine,” Library Connection, March 1996.

 Year Place Skip Anthony Banquet Lecturer*
 2014 Dallas Kurt Eichenwald, author of The Informant
 2013 Baltimore  Kevin O’Malley, author of Animal Crackers Fly the Coop
 2012 Denver Thomas J. “Dr. Colorado” Noel
 2011 San Francisco Gennifer Choldenko, author of Al Capone Does My Shirts
 2010 Nashville Robert Hicks author of The Widow of the South
 2009 Las Vegas Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
 2008 Toronto Deborah Ellis, author and activist
 2007 Philadelphia Terry Gross, National Public Radio journalist
 2006 Atlanta Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog
 2005 New York Richard Peck, author
 2004 Dallas Naomi Shihab Nye, poet and anthologist
 2003 Charlottesville John Cole, Director of The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress
 2002 Pasadena Robin Rector Rupp, author and illustrator
 2001 New England James Gurney, author of Dinotopia
 2000 Washington, D.C. Diane Rehm, National Public Radio journalist
 1999 Winston-Salem, NC Jill McCorkle, author of The Cheerleader
 1998 Portland, OR Chet Orloff, Director of the Oregon Historical Society
 1997 Baltimore Taylor Branch, author of Parting the Waters
 1996 Washington, D.C. David Maraniss, author of First in His Class
 1995 Denver David Loertscher, AASL President
 1994 Boston Robert Cormier, author
 1993 Los Angeles Rebecca Rothenberg, author of The Bullrush Murders
 1992 Washington, D.C. Michael Dirda, editor of The Washington Post’s “Book World”
 1991 St. Louis Glen Savan, author of White Palace
 1990 San Francisco Joe Kane, author of Running the Amazon
 1989 Washington, D.C. Richard Jackson, publisher, Bradbury Press
 1988 Washington, D.C. I.F. Stone, journalist and author of The Trial of Socrates