Annette at Annenberg Beach House - detailDr. Annette Y. Goldsmith is an international youth literature specialist who has taught graduate classes in children’s and young adult literature and storytelling, most recently for the University of Washington Information School. Annette is the lead editor, along with Theo Heras and Susan Corapi, of Reading the World’s Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of International Youth Literature (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She is thrilled to be on the GLLI Advisory Board and serve as Chair of the 2020 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize committee.


IMG_8795Abigail Hsu is the Young Adult librarian at the Morristown & Morris Township Library in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at The College of New Jersey, where she double majored in English Literature and Chinese Language and Culture Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Information at Rutgers University.



David Portrait 3David Jacobson is a longtime journalist and veteran of the book publishing industry. An experienced Japanese translator as well, he is author of the children’s book, Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko. David has been a member of GLLI since late 2017, and is currently working to add German and Hebrew to his linguistic toolbox.


Lynn E Palermo - NEADr. Lynn E. Palermo, a French professor at Susquehanna University, received a 2018 NEA Translation Fellowship to support her translation of Humus, by Fabienne Kanor (to appear in the UVA Press CARAF Series), and a French Voices Award for her co-translation of Cyrille Fleischman’s Destiny’s Repairman. Her translations have appeared in the Kenyon Review Online, Exchanges Literary Journal, and World Literature Today.


KimDr. Kim Rostan, originally from Valdese, NC, is Associate Professor of English at Wofford College. Her research areas include world literature, African literature, and representations of truth commissions and collective atrocity.



self with commissionElaine Tai is an Adult Services Librarian at Burlingame Public Library, with a personal love of youth literature and a strong interest in the subjects of lifelong learning and equity in libraries. She was a business major at UC Berkeley and has an MLIS from San Jose State University and has a varied work history in retail, independent bookstores, academic libraries, and public libraries. The need for further representation of voices in publishing, schools, and libraries is of great concern, and she is honored to be part of this committee and jury.


IMG_0600Bobbie Xuereb was a school librarian for 18 years, and currently works as a public librarian at San Diego Public Library and as adjunct faculty at MiraCosta College. She just finished serving on the 2019 Morris Award (YA debut author), and was previously on committees for the Amazing Audiobooks award and USBBY Outstanding International Books.