For the past several years, Booklist staff have traveled to Book Expo America (BEA), but this year things are different. This year, BEA comes to Booklist. By which I mean, this year BEA is in Chicago. We’ll definitely miss the off-hours fun that having BEA at the Javits Center allowed, where we got to traipse around NYC, but we’ll enjoy hosting you all in our fair city! (As we can make zero promises about the weather, maybe it’s best to call it our unfair city. It’ll be great, we
promise hope!) And we’ll definitely appreciate the shorter commute.
If you’ll be at the show, please come see us at booth #745. We’ll be handing out Booklist issues, special subscription offers, and high fives. We are most excited to welcome Adam Silvera for a special signing on Thursday, May 12, from 3:00 to 4:00. He’ll be autographing freshly minted galleys of his new YA novel, History Is All You Left Me. Galleys are in limited supply, so first come, first served—plan your life accordingly!
Editors Donna Seaman and Daniel Kraus will be representing Booklist at some other cool sessions, too. We hope you’ll clear your schedules for all the Booklist-related goings-on below:
Libraries Transform™: ALA@BEA , Embrace the Innovative Future of Readers’ Advisory
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 9:00a – 9:50a
The question heard daily—“Do you have anything else like this?” In public libraries, reference librarians are often called on to make recommendations to readers, sometimes in genres that they don’t personally read. Learning how to frame a discussion and articulate the appeal of a book, author, or genre marks the essence of a successful readers’ advisor. This session will track the latest trends in Readers’ Advisory. Focus will be on methods for delivering personalized, immediate, and mobile-friendly recommendations, including input from Booklist!
Panelists: Bill Kelly, Becky Spratford, Polli Kenn, Donna Seaman
Trends in Young Adult
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Over the past several years, the Young Adult category has experienced tremendous growth—and not just because bestselling books have made the transition into film, becoming blockbuster movies. Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss the trends they are seeing in the young adult market. What will the next big themes and genres be in YA? Are series or stand-alone novels on the rise? How are teens discovering their next favorite books and authors? And much more.
Speakers: Sara Grochowski, Dan Kraus, Ashleigh Gardner
Adam Silvera signing History Is All You Left Me
Thursday, May 12 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Booklist, Booth #745
We’re thrilled to welcome YA author Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not, to the Booklist booth on Thursday afternoon. He’ll be signing never-before-seen galleys of his forthcoming novel History Is All You Left Me. Not to be missed!
Daniel Kraus signing The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire
Friday, May 13 – 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Simon & Schuster, Booth #2016
Booklist‘s own Books for Youth Editor, Daniel Kraus, will be signing his most recent YA novel, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire.