Your Audiobook Event Itinerary at #alaac16

AudiobookerHeading 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 odyssey-medalSaved My LifeNarrator 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

notable children's recordings NCRALSC’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.

Wherever, whenever

YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks committee now meets virtually, but you can see the nominated titles for ages 12-18 that they are considering here.

Hope to see you in Orlando!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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