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March 20, 2013

Old Bags & Swag

Written by Susan Marston

Roger Sutton once made fun of me for coming to a board meeting with my possessions in a backpack. “What are you, like, fourteen?” he asked. As evidenced by my newly arrived membership offer from AARP, I am W-A-Y past fourteen, but I still carry home ARCs, my laptop, series nonfiction possibilities, and/or picture book proofs in that same old backpack (thanks, Mom!). When I have yet more to lug around, I use Baggu bags (thanks, May-May!) and those cool, durable totes publishers give me to hold post-presentation tip sheets, catalogs, and fun stuff—such as a signed copy of Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer (thanks, Carolyn & Beth!), the latest Wimpy Kid giveaway (thanks, Erica!), or a copy of How to Speak Wookiee: A Manual for Intergalactic Communication for my kids (thanks, Jenifer!). These two bags are my current favorites. (Thanks, Sam & Mary for the bags! Thanks, Andrew & Kitty for the flowers!)

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Susan Marston

Susan Marston

Susan Marston is our Editorial Director in New York. Susan has been selecting books for Junior Library Guild for a few years shy of half her life and even after all this time, finds that the work never grows old. She likens finding the perfect book for each slot on the JLG list to solving a tricky and very satisfying puzzle and enjoys the privilege of reading—and falling in love with—great books long before they capture the public imagination.

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