Heading for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando? If so, here are three free audiobook-related events you simply can’t miss.
Monday, June 27, 3:30-5:30pm
Orange County Convention Center, W110A
The Odyssey Award celebration has become one of the most enjoyable events at Annual, as well as a terrific end to the conference. Co-sponsored by Booklist, ALSC, & YALSA, the award recognizes excellence in audiobook production by naming a single best audiobook produced for children and young adults, as well as Honor titles. This year’s winner is the Listening Library’s The War that Saved My Life. Narrator Jayne Entwistle will be featured at the celebration, along with author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and producer Karen Dziekonski. (Read my Booklist interview with Jayne and producer Karen here.)
Additionally, cast members who performed this year’s only Odyssey Honor title, Echo, from Scholastic Audio, will speak at the celebration. What’s more, the audio publishers honored will provide free audiobooks for those who attend the celebration—and free drinks, too! Raise a glass with the narrators at a cocktail reception hosted by the Audio Publishers Association.
Saturday, June 25, 1-4pm and Sunday, June 26, 1-4pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Celebration 11
ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings open sessions are a great opportunity to hear the art of audio evaluation. To be discussed: recordings published from November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016. Can’t attend Annual? The discussion list of nominated titles for ages birth-14 can be found here.
Saturday, June 25, 1-1:50pm
Exhibit Hall PopTop Stage
Recorded Books Saturday, Stage to Page: A Stage Actor’s Approach to Bringing an Audiobook to Life. Moderated by Recorded Books marketing director Patrick Deering, the event will feature acclaimed narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Jim Frangione, and Graham Halstead, who will discuss their experiences in TV, film, and theater, as well as the audiobooks they’ve narrated and the ways in which their acting experience translates into audiobook performance.
Sunday, June 26, 9-10am
Orange County Convention Center, Room W303
Books on Tape Sunday. Fill up on free mimosas, breakfast, and coffee. Hear the scoop on what it’s like to be a narrator. Learn how audiobooks are made. Get the behind-the-mic news about the hottest summer and fall listens. Featuring Odyssey Award Winner Jayne Entwistle, Grammy Award-winning producer Dan Zitt, and Cheryl & Jen from BOT marketing.
Hope to see you in Orlando!