Booklist at ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC


In just over a week, Booklisters will be heading to Washington, DC, for ALA’s Annual Conference! Be sure to swing by booth #1325 for book giveaways, two meet and greets (details below), Bloody Marys, a graphic-novel inspired doodle fest, readers’-advisory paper fortune tellers, 18 x 24 posters displaying the 50 Best Middle-Grade Novels of the Twenty-First Century, buttons, and the list goes on. We’ll also have copies galore of the most recent Booklist—our June double issue with a spotlight on biography, an audio showcase, and exclusive Annual-related content, including a list of read-alikes for this year’s Printz winners—and the latest issue of Book Links. Plus, for a limited time only, you can purchase an annual subscription to Booklist for just $75 (a 55% savings)! For more about Booklist-sponsored events both in and out of the booth, check out the list below.


Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books Giveaways
Friday, June 21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Location: Booklist Booth #1325

Stop by booth #1325 to kick off opening night in style with swag—and two new books!—from Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. In addition to giveaways of an updated edition of 100 Things Washington Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die (Triumph) and The Apollo Missions for Kids (Chicago Review Press), visitors will also receive candy bottle caps, book marks, Apollo mission patches, and snazzy anaglyph glasses.


Graphic Novels in Library Month Panel
Saturday, June 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 147A

To launch our first-ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, we’re hosting a panel of comics writers and artists, including Kirk Scroggs, author and illustrator of The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid (DC); Kami Garcia, author of Teen Titans: Raven (DC); Mike Maihack, author and illustrator of the Cleopatra in Space series (Scholastic); Raina Telgemeier, author of Guts (Scholastic); and Ru Xu, author of NewsPrints (Scholastic). They’ll be joined by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editor, Sarah Hunter, for a lively conversation about their upcoming titles and the wide world of comics.

Graphic Novels Meet and Greet
Saturday, June 22, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Location: Booklist Booth #1325

Continue the celebration surrounding selecting, showcasing, and enjoying graphic novels in libraries by chatting with graphic novel creators from sponsors BOOM! Studios, DC, Diamond, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster! Expect appearances from Gaby Dunn, Kirk Scroggs, Kami Garcia, Meg Cabot, Jerry Craft, Ngozi Ukazu, Mark Siegel, Mike Maihack, Ru Xu, Raina Telgemeier, Hazel Newlevant, and Emma Steinkellner. Afternoon snacks will be provided.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception 
Saturday, June 22, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Location: Renaissance, Grand Ballroom South

In its eighth year, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are celebrated at ALA’s Annual Conference. Join us for this exciting event with featured speaker Laura Lippman, best-selling author of Sunburn, After I’m Gone, and I’d Know You Anywhere, and a chance to mingle with the winning authors Rebecca Makkai and Kiese Laymon during the dessert and drinks reception. This year’s event is sponsored by NoveList.


Isn’t It Romantic?
Sunday, June 23, 9 – 10 a.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 102B

Booklist‘s Susan Maguire, Senior Editor, Collection Management & Library Outreach, will moderate a discussion between best-selling romance authors Tif Marcelo, Sheila Roberts, Hope Ramsay, Linda Holmes, and Tracey Garvis Graves. A book signing will follow.

Mystery Month Meet and Greet
Sunday, June 23, 10 – 11 a.m. Location: Booklist Booth #1325

Calling all mystery mavens! Help us wrap up our tenth annual Mystery Month festivities; mix and mingle with new and beloved mystery authors over dangerously delicious Bloody Marys.

Book Club Central: How to Book Club
Sunday, June 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Marriott Marquis, Monument

Join moderator and Booklist‘s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman for a series of illuminating conversations with six book club buffs. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, New York Times best-selling authors of My Dear Hamilton, will talk about their new collaboration, Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution. Stephanie Saba and Sarah Ostman, authors of Book Club Reboot (ALA Editions), will discuss book club tips and how to engage with authors. Anna Ford, founder of, will share the latest online tools to help enhance and keep your book club organized. And Book Club Project Coordinator Robin Hoklotubbe will chat about using and promoting Book Club Central in your library and community.

Middle-Grade Mania Panel: Part One
Sunday, June 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 147A

Booklist’s Middle Grade Mania culminates with this first of two middle-grade author panels, featuring Alexandra Bracken (Disney), Jake Burt (Macmillan), Tami Charles (Charlesbridge), Kayla Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Sandy Stark-McGinnis (Bloomsbury). In conversation with the moderator, Booklist Associate Editor Julia Smith, the authors will discuss their upcoming titles and offer insight into the process of writing for a middle-grade audience.

Middle-Grade Mania Panel: Part Two
Sunday, June 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 147A

In Booklist‘s final middle-grade author panel, Associate Editor Julia Smith will speak with Russel Ginns (Random House), Celia C. Pérez (Penguin Youth), Alicia D. Williams (Simon & Schuster), and Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver (Abrams).

ALA Awards Presentation and President’s Program
Sunday, June 23, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B-C

In this two-part event, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo celebrates noted authors, distinguished members, and outstanding library programs; and
Nnedi Okorafor, multiple award-winning author of the Binti novella trilogy, the Akata books, and many more, joins Booklist‘s Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman in conversation.


Read ‘N’ Rave
Monday, June 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 202A

Hear collection development specialists Emily Calkins (King County Library System), Craig Clark (formerly of Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Public Library), Amy Dittmeier (Brookfield Public Library), and Terry Hong (book reviewer and blogger) rave about their favorite upcoming titles. Moderated by Susan Maguire, Booklist’s Senior Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach.

Odyssey Award Presentation and Program
Monday, June 24, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Location: Washington Convention Center, 147B

Celebrate the spoken word at the Odyssey Award Presentation, featuring clips from the 2019 winners. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook produced for children and is coadministered by YALSA and ALSC, and sponsored by Booklist.

The 2019 Michael L. Printz Awards
Monday, June 24, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom Salon 1-5

Come listen to the 2019 Michael L. Printz award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo and honor book authors, Elana K. Arnold, Deb Caletti, and
Mary McCoy, speak about their writing, followed by a reception. 
This annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist.



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