With the 2007 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. fast approaching, I thought I’d put together a handy guide to the programs and events where attendees will find Booklist and Booklist Online (ahem) editors.
The 2000 Printz: A Reunion – Booklist Books for Youth Forum
Friday, June 22, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Washington Renaissance Hotel, Ballroom East
Join the Books for Youth staff as we listen to Walter Dean Myers, Laurie Halse Anderson, David Almond, and Ellen Wittlinger speak about the impact that the Printz Award has had on their work and on YA literature as a whole. Author and Booklist columnist Michael Cart and Booklist‘s Books for Youth Editor Stephanie Zvirin will offer introductory remarks. Immediately following the forum, we’ll continue the celebration next door at YALSA’s fiftieth anniversary reception. The festivities begin at 10 p.m. in the Renaissance Hotel’s Ballroom West.
Ilene Cooper Book Signing
Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Convention Center Exhibit Floor, Booth 1700
Meet Children’s Books Editor Ilene Cooper as she signs copies of one of her latest books, The Golden Rule, at the Abrams booth.
Alex Award Winners 2007
Saturday, June 23, 4-5:30 p.m.
Convention Center, Room 140 A/B
At the presentation of the Alex Awards, two authors who have previously won the Alex – Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, and Ron Rash, author of The World Made Straight – will be featured speakers. Booklist YA Editor Gillian Engberg will also talk briefly about the history of the Alex Awards, which are sponsored by Booklist.
Trend Setters in Teen Literature
Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Convention Center, room 140
Hear YA authors and editors speak about new directions in YA books. Booklist Books for Youth Editor Stephanie Zvirin and Booklist YA Editor Gillian Engberg will each moderate a panel discussion during the program.
LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage: Keir Graff
Sunday, June 24, 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Convention Center Exhibit Floor, Aisle 2600
Booklist Online Senior Editor Keir Graff will read from his new novel, My Fellow Americans (Severn House). He will then answer questions, sign books, and quietly go back to work.
Booklist Online Users Group
Sunday, June 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Renaissance Mayflower, Massachusetts Room
Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott, Booklist Online Managing Editor Mary Ellen Quinn, and Booklist General Manager Mary Frances Wilkens will offer an in-depth demonstration of Booklist Online that is sure to be interesting whether you’re already a BOL user or not. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions and share their own thoughts.
He Reads . . . She Reads: The Booklist Readers’ Advisory Program
Sunday, June 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, Auditorium
Adult Books Editor Brad Hooper will moderate a discussion between David Wright and Kaite Mediatore Stover. The well-known readers’-advisory experts will bring their popular Booklist column "He Reads…She Reads" to life as they banter about gender-based reading tastes. Their point-counterpoint booktalks will explore all variety of recreational reading, from genre fiction to narrative nonfiction. Stop by for a lively discussion of what men and women like to read and why.
Reference Books Bulletin: Is Print Reference Dead?
Monday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Constitution, Room C-D
Come listen as the experts discuss whether the print reference collection is a thing of the past, or whether it still has a place in the increasingly electronic world of reference. Speakers include Denise Beaubien Bennett, Reference Librarian, Marston Science Library, University of Florida; Ruth Fischer, Partner, R2 Consulting; Sue Polanka, Head of Instruction, Paul Lawrence Dunbar Library, Wright State University. Carolyn Mulac, Booklist/RBB Editorial Board Chair, will moderate.
2007 Michael L. Printz Program and Reception
Monday, June 25, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Convention Center Ballroom
Booklist Books for Youth Editor Stephanie Zvirin will present, with Printz Award Committee Chair Cindy Dobrez, the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award at the always entertaining Printz Program and Reception. This is a ticketed event. The Printz Award is sponsored by Booklist.