PLA looms ever closer and we’re getting pretty excited! Booklist will be in booth #431 with free copies of the magazine, discounts on subscriptions and a chance to win a free subscription. Don’t forget to stop by on Thursday at 3:30 for a free wine and cheese party where you can schmooze with Booklist editors and crime-fiction writers! In case you need some help figuring out what to do while you’re not hanging out at booth #431, here’s a round up of panels featuring Booklist editors:
Thursday, March 15, 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Books and Authors: The Top 5 of Another 5
Room: PCC 119-A/B
Floundering at the desk when someone asks you for a book or author you haven’t read? Would you like a “go-to” list for books or authors you might not be familiar with? In this continuation of 2010’s hot “Top 5” program, RA experts will showcase another five top genres (romance, sci fic, suspense/thrillers, literary, and historical) and what every librarian should be familiar with about them: the top five authors, books, up-and-comers, and trends.
Presented by: Roberta Johnson, assistant director, Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library; Kaite Stover, readers’ services manager, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library; Barry Trott, adult services director, Williamsburg Regional (Va.) Library; Rebecca Vnuk, editor of reference and collection management, Booklist Publications, Chicago, Ill.; David Wright, readers’ advisory librarian, Seattle (Wash.) Public Library
Thursday, March 15, 2:00–3:15 p.m.
Trends in Genre Series
Room: PCC 115-A/B
Join us for a lively discussion of trends in genre series with four top-notch stars in the field. Genres include: “gentle reads,” romance, horror fiction, and mysteries.
Presented by: John Charles, adult services librarian, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Public Library; Keir Graff, senior editor, Booklist Online, American Library Association, Chicago, Ill.; Janet Husband, author and database coordinator, eSequels, Brewster, Mass.; Joyce Saricks, readers’ advisor, Chicago, Ill.; Becky Spratford, readers’ advisory librarian, Berwyn (Ill.) Public Library
Friday, March 16, 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Good Reading you may Have Missed (for Yourself, your Patrons, and your Book Groups)
Room: PCC 108-A/B
Jessica Moyer, assistant professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, will lead a panel highlighting the best books of the past year as well as new and upcoming titles that you might have missed. Panelists will cover 2011 and 2012 titles in science fiction, fantasy, bookgroup books, teen books for adult readers, and mystery and crime.
Presented by: Katie Dunneback, selection librarian, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Washington, D.C.; Naphtali Faris, youth services librarian, Walnut Park Branch, St. Louis (Mo.) Public Library; Keir Graff, senior editor, Booklist Online, American Library Association, Chicago, Ill.; Jessica Moyer, assistant professor, university of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Kaite Stover, readers’ services manager, Kansas City (Mo.) Library