Mark Your Calendars for ALA’s Annual Conference in Orlando

The Real Magic Kingdom? Why, That Would Be the Orange County Convention Center

ALAAC16 logo - roundWe’ve clearly never really gotten the snowbird thing down for ALA conferences. At Midwinter Meeting time, we’re likely to be battling snow and canceled flights in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia—and come our Annual Conference this summer, we’ll reverse-migrate south to hot and sunny Orlando, Florida. If you’re coming, too, here are a few things we’d like to put on your radar (and hopefully in your conference scheduler).

Booklist Marketing Associate Sarah Grant models her new tattoo

Booklist Marketing Associate Sarah Grant models her new tattoo

First of all, be sure to drop by the Booklist booth (#1231), where we’ll be handing out complimentary copies of Booklist and Book Links, the former our mammoth June 1 & 15 double issue that includes an extra helping of biography and audiobook reviews and feature content. If you like what you read, we’ll be offering one-year, new subscriptions for over 50% off—that’s a year of Booklist and Book Links, in print, digital, and online formats, for only $73. We’ll also have Booklist buttons and stickers and, if you’re ready to bare your arms in the hot Florida sun, some sweet temporary tattoos. (At least, we’ve been told they’re temporary. But your love of Booklist is indelible, right?)

Michael L. Printz Program and Reception
Booklist and YALSA will copresent the Michael L. Printz Program and Reception. Laura Ruby, author of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award winner, Bone Gap, will deliver the capstone speech. Directly following, Booklist Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus will moderate a panel with Ruby and Printz Honor Book authors Ashley Hope Pérez (Out of Darkness) and Marcus Sedgwick (The Ghosts of Heaven). The Michael L. Printz Award is administered annually by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist Publications.
Friday, June 24, 8–10 p.m., Orange County Convention Center, Room W304 A-D

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Announcement and Reception
Join us for this popular event celebrating the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are cosponsored by Booklist and RUSA and supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year’s program, sponsored in part by NoveList, will include featured speaker Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the U.S., as well as remarks from fiction medalist Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and nonfiction medalist Sally Mann (Hold Still). The speakers will mingle with attendees and publishers at a drinks and dessert reception following the award presentation on Saturday, June 25, 8–10 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 8–10 p.m., Hilton Orlando, Room Florida Ballroom 1-4

Booklist’s Read ‘n’ Rave
In this lively panel moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist‘s editor for collection management and library outreach, you’ll hear four collection development specialists from across the country rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. The speakers are Erin Downey Howerton (Wichita Public Library), Magan Szwarek (Schaumburg Township District Library), Stephen Sposato (Chicago Public Library), and Naphtali Faris (Midcontinent Public Library).
Monday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center, Room W206B

Odyssey Award Presentation and Program
Celebrate the best in audiobooks produced for children and young adults at the annual presentation of the Odyssey Award. Listen to your favorite
narrators perform a piece from their Odyssey Award-winning audiobooks at this engaging event. Festivities will also include a cocktail reception after the ceremony sponsored by the Audio Publisher’s Association.
Monday, June 27, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Orange County Convention Center, Room W110A

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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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