What We'll Do at Our Summer Conference

Booklist editors will be busy, busy, busy this weekend. If you’re going to ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, here’s where you’ll find us. Or drop by and see us at booth 2340.

Friday, June 27, 8-10 p.m.
Booklist Books for Youth Program: Presenting the Odyssey Award
Hilton Anaheim California, Pavilion A

This year’s Books for Youth program will be devoted to the new Odyssey Award, given for excellence in audiobook production. The award will be presented to Arnie Cardillo of Live Oak Media, for production of Walter Dean Myers’ Jazz. Five honorees will also be recognized. Speakers include Arnie Cardillo and author-audiobook producer Bruce Coville. There will be plenty of entertaining clips from the winners, as well. The award, selected by a joint committee representing ALSC and YALSA, is sponsored by Booklist.

Saturday, June 28, 1:30 p.m.
Author Interview: Keir Graff
Ingram Library Services, Booth 800

I’ll be interviewed live for a podcast later.

Sunday, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum: The Post-9/11 Novel
Anaheim Convention Center 304 A/B

Will post-9/11 fiction be recognized as a distinct body of American literature? Moderated by Booklist Online senior editor Keir Graff, a panel of four fiction writers—Ellen Gilchrist (A Dangerous Age), Janette Turner Hospital (Orpheus Lost), Carolyn See (There Will Never Be Another You), and Graff himself (My Fellow Americans)—will grapple with this question. The authors will also discuss the ways in which 9/11 informed the writing of their latest novels.

Sunday, June 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Author Signing: Ilene Cooper
Penguin, Booth 2617

Children’s Books Editor–and prolific children’s book author–Ilene Cooper will be signing her latest, Jake’s Best Thumb, illustrated by Claudia Muñoz. How good is it? A rival publication, Publishers Weekly, gave it a starred review!

Monday, June 30, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board Program: The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top
Room 204B

What do top executives in reference publishing have to say about their industry? Find out when Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board Chair Sue Polanka moderates an informal discussion with John Barnes, Exec. V.P., Marketing and Strategic Planning, Gale/Cengage; Casper Grathwohl, V.P. and Publisher, Oxford University Press; Rolf Janke, V.P. and Publisher, Sage Reference; and Michael Ross, Senior V.P., Technology and Development, Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Monday, June 30, 1-1:30 p.m.
LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage: Keir Graff
Aisle 2500

I’ll be reading from and signing my forthcoming book, One Nation, Under God–a limited quantity of which will be given away FREE. See you there, I hope!



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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