Booklist at ALA Virtual 2020 and Beyond

Sure, conference this summer won’t be accompanied by booths, swag, and towering stacks of ARCs, but ALA Virtual 2020 still has more to offer than ever: featured speakers from Stacey Abrams to Natalie Portman, book buzzes and panels galore, and all the annual awards ceremonies you’ve come to know and love.

Plus, whether or not you’ll be attending virtually over the next few days (registration is now closed, but you can still register to view the recording), there are bonus, 100-percent-free, annual-adjacent Booklist-cosponsored events taking place from now until July 9 and beyond. Pencil ’em in and follow us at ALA_Booklist for updates. (PS. for a limited time only, you can purchase an annual subscription to Booklist for just $75—a 55% savings!)

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 28 | 9 a.m.–7 p.m. CST
The ALA Book Award Celebration

Join this free all-day virtual event celebrating the winners of several major book awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King book awards, the Stonewall book awards, the Printz award, the Odyssey award, and more. Simply visit ALA’s YouTube channel at 9 a.m. central on Sunday! Organized by ALSC, Booklist, ODLOS, YALSA, along with REFORMA.

Tuesday, June 30 | 10.30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CST
HMH’s Fall 2020 Showcase

Register for this free, one-hour webinar, get a sneak peek at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s fall titles, and hear from New York Times best-selling author and publisher of Versify Kwame Alexander about his new books, Becoming Muhammad Ali and Finish the Fight. Alexander will also be joined by special guest author Veronica Chambers of the New York Times.

Tuesday, July 9 | 3–4 p.m. CST
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards

Celebrate the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala sponsored by NoveList and featuring appearances from Pulitzer Prize-winning keynote speaker Natasha Trethewey, Carnegie Fiction winner Valeria Luiselli (Lost Children Archive), and Carnegie Nonfiction winner Adam Higginbotham (Midnight in Chernobyl).

Save the Date: Panels

The below programs aren’t available on Zoom (yet!) but will be coming to www.booklistonline.com/webinars in the coming weeks. Follow us on Twitter so you can register as soon as they’re open to the public.

Tuesday, July 28 | 1–2 p.m. CST
Graphic Novels Panel, Part I

Sponsored by and featuring creators from Macmillan and Penguin Young Readers.

Friday, August 7 | 1–2 p.m. CST
Women (and Girls) in Focus Panel

Sponsored by and featuring authors from Sourcebooks, Chicago Review Press, and Random House Children’s Books.

Monday, August 17 | 1–2 p.m. CST
Graphic Novels Panel, Part II

Sponsored by and featuring creators from Random House, Simon & Schuster, and BOOM! Studios.


Save the Date: Podcasts

We also have several up-and-coming podcasts! If you haven’t already, follow the Shelf Care SoundCloud and keep an eye out for the below:

Tuesday, July 7
Penguin Young Readers Graphic Novel Podcast

Wednesday, August 19
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Graphic Novel Podcast

Archived Events

Booklist’s Middle-Grade Panel

Booklist’s middle-grade celebration culminates with this panel, featuring authors in conversation with Booklist senior editor Julia Smith. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from Renée Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine), Jake Burt (Cleo Porter & the Body Electric), Tony DiTerlizzi (Kenny & the Book of Beasts), and Kelly J. Baptist (Isaiah Dunn in My Hero).

Graphix: Get Drawn In

Meet creators of some of the hottest upcoming graphic novels—
Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Pénélope Bagieu (The Witches Graphic Novel), and Alice Oseman (Heartstopper)—and learn about their approach to making the books kids love to read and how you can engage young readers with graphic novels in the classroom and beyond.

Macmillan Preview

Representatives from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, the Macmillan Library Marketing team, and Tor/Forge talk titles for readers of all ages and interests! From graphic novels, romance, and fantasy to nonfiction and middle grade, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about a large range of books perfect your patrons.

Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020

This August 26, 2020, will mark the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Join us in commemorating this historic moment with a Women in Focus webinar starring Sourcebooks, Chicago Review Press, and Random House Children’s Books.

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