Can't-Miss Events at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

ALA Annual Conference in ChicagoWith the overwhelming array of events scheduled for ALA’s upcoming annual conference in Chicago, we wouldn’t blame you if you just couldn’t decide where to begin. Need some suggestions? How about taking in a few of the events where Booklist editors serve as judges, moderators, interviewers, or organizers? From award ceremonies to in-booth chats, we’ve never helped host as many wonderful authors and audiobook narrators as we will this year.

Friday, June 28

Cory Doctorow, photo by

Cory Doctorow

8 p.m. – Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia [ADD TO CALENDAR]

This year’s Booklist Books for Youth Forum features a stellar lineup: Cory Doctorow (Homeland), Lois Lowry (Son), Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls), and Veronica Roth (Insurgent). Moderated by Booklist associate editor Ann Kelley, this discussion of the wildly popular genre of dystopian literature for teens is sure to be wildly popular itself. Don’t miss it! (Sheraton Chicago, Ballroom 5)

Saturday, June 29

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini

10:30 a.m. – Auditorium Speaker Khaled Hosseini [ADD TO CALENDAR]

Everyone will be reading, recommending, and talking this season about Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, his first new novel in more than six years. Take this outstanding chance to hear one of the world’s most widely read and beloved novelists in conversation with Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman, so you can go back and share insights with patrons, students, and book clubs. The Afghan-born novelist and physician is the #1 New York Times  bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, with more than 38 million copies sold in more than 70 countries. (McCormick Place Convention Center, S100A)

Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu

1 p.m. – International Crime from Independent Publishers [ADD TO CALENDAR]

As part of Mystery Day, lauded crime fiction authors Wolf Haas (Brenner and God), Bayo Ojikutu (Free Burning), Zane Lovitt (The Midnight Promise), and Mark Billingham (The Demands) will talk with Booklist Online editor and panel moderator Keir Graff about their worldly perspectives on the mystery genre. The authors will sign books after they speak. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, PopTop Stage)

Sunday, June 30

Katherine Kellgren

Katherine Kellgren

10:30 a.m. – Odyssey Honor Interview

Odyssey Honor narrator Katherine Kellgren and author Elizabeth Fama (Monstrous Beauty) will interviewed by Mary Burkey, Booklist‘s “Voices in My Head” columnist and Audiobooker blogger. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

12:30 p.m. – Odyssey Award Interview

Booklist media editor Sue-Ellen Beauregard interviews Kate Rudd, Odyssey-winning narrator for The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

1:30 p.m. – Carnegie Nonfiction Finalist Interview

David Quammen, a finalist for Spillover, will be interviewed by Booklist‘s reference and collection management editor, Rebecca Vnuk. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

Richard Ford

Richard Ford

2:30 p.m. – Carnegie Fiction Finalist Interview

Richard Ford, a finalist for Canada, will be interviewed by Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

3:30 p.m. – Carnegie Nonfiction Finalist Interview

Timothy Egan, finalist for Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, will be interviewed by Booklist‘s adult books editor, Brad Hooper. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

8 p.m. – Presentation of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence [BUY TICKETS]

Join Booklist Publications for the announcement and presentation of the second Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. This ticketed event will be followed by a dessert-and-drinks reception. The Carnegie Medals are administered by Booklist and RUSA. (Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom)

Monday, July 1

9:30 a.m. – Odyssey Honor Interview

Mary Burkey interviews Odyssey Honor narrators Nathaniel Parker (Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer) and Elliot Hill (Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke). (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

Nick Lake

Nick Lake

10:30 a.m. – Printz Award and Honor Interview

Nick Lake, the 2013 Printz winner for In Darkness, will be interviewed with honor author Beverley Brenna (The White Bicycle), by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

10:30–11:30 a.m. – Fantastic Voyage:  Reference Service in an Ever-Shrinking Print Environment [ADD TO CALENDAR]

Today’s reference librarians rely less and less on print resources, but print reference collections still occupy prime space in most libraries. How are libraries managing their collections—and their users—in today’s environment? Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s editor for reference and collection management, moderates a panel of librarian experts that includes David Tyckoson, Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, and Melissa DeWild. (McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S102A)

11:30 a.m. – Printz Honor Interview

Elizabeth Wein, whose Code Name Verity is a Printz Honor book, will be interviewed by Booklist senior editor by Ilene Cooper. (McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, Booklist booth #1817)

Kate Rudd

Kate Rudd

3:30 p.m. – Presentation of the 2013 Odyssey Awards [ADD TO CALENDAR]

Don’t miss Kate Rudd, narrator of Odyssey winner The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, as well as honor narrators Nathaniel Parker (Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer), Elliot Hill (Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke), and Katherine Kellgren (Monstrous Beauty, by Elizabeth Fama). All attendees will receive signed copies of audiobooks, compliments of Brilliance Audio, Listening Library, and Macmillan Audio. The free program will conclude with a reception sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. The Odyssey Awards are administered by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist. (McCormick Convention Center, Room S106B)

8 p.m. – Presentation of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Awards [BUY TICKETS]

Featuring Nick Lake, the 2013 Printz winner for his book In Darkness, as well as Honor Book authors Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity), Terry Pratchett (Dodger), and Beverley Brenna (The White Bicycle). Register now for this ticketed event (a reception will follow). The Printz Award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist Publications. (Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom A–B)




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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