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Procrastinator’s Guide: Midwinter 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

ALA Mid 13If, like us, you are feeling panicky because the trip to Midwinter has become your default time to put your schedule together, breathe and calm down. From long experience, we’ve worked out a few easy steps that insure you won’t miss any major adult authors (children’s and YA librarians already have this down to a science):

1) Check out ALA’s rundown of author events. It’s pretty overwhelming, though, so start with the highlights. Don’t overlook the very last one — a Star Wars-themed party on Monday,  2:00-3:00 p.m  hosted by the author of the Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger, and the “Jedi Master of Origami,” Chris Alexander, in the Exhibit Hall (beginning at noon, vendors will have special offers and discounts).

2) Annoyingly, several noteworthy events are not included in the highlights:

Macmillan’s Talia Sherer and Sterling’s Chris Vaccari will “duke it out once again in the third episode of their award-winning Book Battle series,” on Sat., 1 to 2 p.m. in WSCC Rm 608 to 609,

The AAP’s Debut Author’s Panel on Sat., 3 to 4 pm, WSCC Rm 303, doesn’t have an audience cap, so there’s still room. (On the other hand, if you haven’t already signed up for Monday’s  AAP/LJ Breakfast, forget it. Not only is it sold out, there is also a waiting list. Check out the flyer anyway, all of those titles are worth getting to know, based on the advance buzz on GalleyChat).

The AAP’s “Library Family Feud” on Sunday from 3 to 4 , WSCC-TCC  Rm LL4 to 5, pits a “team of fabulous authors” against “Washington’s toughest librarians.” A note on the location: Finding rooms in convention centers drives us nuts and it seems the WSCC has added an extra wrinkle by ALSO having a separate building, called “The Conference Center”, which is indicated by “WSCC-TCC.” According to the map, it is across the street from the Convention Center, but accessible through the exhibits. Take note of the ominious warning on the map, “some of the room names are the same. For example WSCC-TCC 301 is not the same room as WSCC-Room 301.” Ugh. We’re packing bread crumbs.

3) The Grand Opening Reception in the exhibit hall on Friday from 5:30-7 p.m has evolved into the Big Galley Grab. If you don’t want to fight your way through the crowds, the buzz sessions are a great opportunity to nab ARC’s (some ask for RSVP’s, so if you haven’t, don’t be annoyed if there aren’t enough ARC’s available):

Saturday, Jan.  26, 10:30 to 11:45 am  HarperCollins Boom Buzz —  WSCC-TCC  Rm LL4 to 5 (see our note, above under Family Feud, about this location)

Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 to 4  pm — Penguin Book Buzz — WSCC, Rooms 608-609

Sunday, January 27, 11:30 am to 12:30 pmRandom House Book Buzz – Convention Center Annex, Room 303 Note on location: The word “Annex” worries us — this may be “The Conference Center,” which, as noted above, is a separate building, across from the Convention Center and accessible through the exhibits.

3) To help you decide what ARC’s to look for, LJ‘s indefatigable Barbara Hoffert offers her first-ever MidWinter Galley & Signing Guide (download here), which lists — Yikes! — over 250 titles. Publishers also offer other giveavways — Random Houses’ free poster, “What Will You Read After Gone Girl? should be a hit. In terms of ARC’s, here’s just a few we’ll be going after:

Andrea Camilleri’s The Dance of the Seagulls (Penguin, Feb. 26) — the latest in a series that drips with the Sicilian sun and deserves a wider audience in the U.S. (we’d like to see his character, Inspector Montalbano, become the Sicilian Commissario Guido Brunetti).

Therese Anne Fowler’s  Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, March 26) — on several previews of the best books of 2013.

We’re already fans of Charles Dubow’s Indiscretion (Harper/Morrow, Feb. 5). Note: don’t even ask for an ARC of Neil Gaiman’s first novel for adults, Ocean at the End of the Lane (Harper/Morrow, June 18). It’s not available.

4) If you are looking for specific booths on the show floor, search the exhibitors here.

ALA Hot Titles

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

ALA Annual in Anaheim featured more adult authors and book buzz than any ALA in recent memory.

For those who weren’t able to attend, or those whose notes suddenly make no sense, we’ll be putting together the information as it becomes available online.

Here’s the first:

HarperCollins Fall Book Buzz

The HarperCollins Library Marketing team had a packed room for their presentation of titles from the fall list. You’ll particularly need to know about an embargoed title that is sure to make headlines in September, Listening In, by Ted Widmer, based on the tapes from JFK’s previously secret White House conversations.

The Great Nonfiction Read-Alike

From Historical True Crime to Sports Books That Will Make You Weep, this panel of readers advisory pros presented recent nonfiction that proves truth can be even more interesting than fiction; click here for the slides, with covers of the newer titles and here, for the full list, including older titles.

Amy Einhorn Profiled

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Penguin editor Amy Einhorn’s “unique ability to pinpoint the kinds of books that thousands of people want to read” is celebrated in a New York Observer profile.

Proof that her ability is unique — she was the only editor to spot the potential of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, after it had already been rejected by 60 others. She’s had a few near-misses; she initially rejected The Postmistress, but later decided that it could work with some serious editing.

Einhorn’s big spring title is the debut, A Good American by Alex George (2/7/11; also Penguin Audio and Thorndike large print), which has been a hit among GalleyChat regulars.

If you are going to ALA Midwinter, there are several opportunities to meet the author and nab a copy of an ARC (click here for more information). UPDATE: It’s also available as an eARC on Edelweiss.

UPDATE: Procrastinators Guide: MidWinter ’11

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

UPDATE: Unfortunately, one of our favorite ALA meetings, The Collection Management in Public Libraries Discussion Group did not make it on to the conference scheduler. Below is the info — hope to see you there!

Monday, January 10. 2010
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 24 A
2011 Collection Management in Public Libraries
Discussion Group

Issues for the Fresh New Decade
Lively discussion at Midwinter in San Diego! We will be discussing technology, budgets, and other practical issues for collection development in public libraries.


Fellow procrastinators; MidWinter begins two weeks from tomorrow.

We need to make this easy. Below are a few steps to take right now, followed by things you can do mañana.

1) Sign up for the following free events

Take a procrastinator’s advice and do it now; space is limited.

AAP Author Breakfast
Monday, January 10, 2010
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Sapphire A Ballroom, One Park Blvd.
Veterans of the AAP events will tell you that it almost doesn’t matter who the authors are; it’s always fun and discovering new authors is the best part (plus, you’ll get Advance Readers Copies). This one features SIX, including Jacqueline Winspear, whose  A Lesson in Secrets is coming from Harper in April. It’s free, but you have to RSVP to Becca Worthington at the AAP to reserve your spot.

Publisher Title Presentations
Get  jump on the Spring/Summer seasons and an inside look at what the library marketing reps are particularly excited about, as well as a chance to load up on major galleys. Two of the largest trade houses offer title presentations:

Saturday, January 8, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM — Adult Titles
11:30 to 12:30 — Children’s Titles
San Diego Convention Center, Room 26 A/B
Please RSVP by emailing Bobby Brinson so there will be an adequate number of galleys, tote bags and goodies.

Random House, Inc.
Sunday, January 17th
Adult Titles: 11:15pm – 12:15pm
Convention Center, Room 31B
(RH is not asking for an RSVP this year)

2) Check ALA’s listing of special events. Put the ones you don’t want to miss on your schedule

Below are two that are not on ALA’s special events list:

RUSA Book and Media Awards
Sun, January 9th
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Manchester Ballrooms A&B
Celebrate the genres with the Reading List and other RUSA award announcements. Even better, enjoy cocktails with fellow RA librarians.

Gala Author Tea
Mon., Jan. 10
2-4 p.m.
Convention Center, Room 29 A-D
You’ve missed the cutoff for advance tickets, so you will want to get to the session early to try to nab an on-site ticket ($55).

3) Don’t forget to schedule meetups with friends

4) Mañana

Make a list of galleys not to miss. A prime time to pick them up is on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., during the Spotlight on Adult Literature (more info. in ALA’s listing of special events).

Check out these special offers and signings from adult publishers:

HarperCollins, booth 2016

Macmillan, booth 2026

OverDrive, booth 1017 — check out their new eBook Apps and presentations like, “Best Practices to Maximize Download Circulation”

Penguin Group, booth 1917

Random House, booth 1816

Wiley, booth 1541 (Sam the Cooking Guy there on Monday at 2 p.m.; giving away copies while they last) and a 20th Anniversary Dummies celebration on Saturday (dessert reception at 4 p.m.)

See you there!

Joint ALA/BEA Talks Over

Friday, October 29th, 2010

And, the decision is to not “co-locate.” Below is the official joint statement:

Many are aware that ALA has been talking with Reed Exhibitions (BookExpo America) about the possibility of co-locating the ALA Annual Conference and BookExpo America.  The American Library Association and BookExpo America are today jointly announcing that discussions regarding any co-location of the two events have been concluded.  Communication from exhibitors, attendees and association members indicated that each show is serving its constituency, and after extensive discussion, the ALA Executive Board determined that current arrangements work best at this time. Both ALA and BEA noted that the exploration had been a positive experience and that doors have been opened for other possible collaborative activities between ALA and the American Booksellers Association, the American Association of Publishers and Reed Exhibitions.

Book & LIBRARY Expo America? UPDATE

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Update: “ALA is most definitely not selling its trade show to Reed.” ALA Exec. Director Keith Fields told Library Journal, but did say, “BEA and ALA have been talking about ways in which we might work more closely together in the future.”

Initial reactions by librarians on Twitter to the idea of a combined show were positive.

Rumored for years, but intensifying in the last few months, it’s now official that Reed Exhibitions is in talks to take over both ALA shows, Annual and MidWinter, as reported by Publishers Weekly. Several years ago, Reed bought the former American Booksellers Association show, turning it in to Book Expo America. The Association continues to run educational programs in conjunction with Book Expo.

Further, the PW story says that the ALA Annual and BEA shows may be joined. PW notes the shows are “very different.” Well, there’s an understatement. BEA, of course, is dominated by publishers, while ALA floor space features library vendors, many of them technology companies.

If this comes to pass, ALA would gain much-needed revenue from the sale, librarians would have access to a wider range of big-name authors, more galleys, and would not have to choose between attending the two shows. BEA, which has been downscaled over the years, would stand a better chance of surviving. If there are losers in the deal, it’s independent booksellers, who will compete for attention with the 15 to 20 thousand librarians who regularly come to ALA.

The two shows have a different approach to choosing locations. BEA has been sticking to New York, to make the show less costly for the majority of publishers, while ALA changes venues, to make the event more accessible to a broader range of libraries. The PW story says, “If a deal is reached, Reed is believed to favor locating BEA and the ALA annual meeting in 2012 in Chicago.”

Nothing is definite yet; Reed’s only comment is that talks are in progress. Library Journal reported on the PW story, and is seeking comment from ALA.

The Best Manga You’ve Overlooked

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

What manga titles have libraries overlooked? That was the question posed to a group of panelists, including myself, at the recent ALA.

Below are my own takes, plus one mulligan, to borrow an idea from fellow panelist Brigid Alverson.

Katherine Dacey was also on the panel,  moderated by Library Journal’s graphic novel columnist Martha Cornog. At the end of this post, check out Brigid and Katherine’s commentary and lists for the full complete panel experience!

To illustrate that these titles have indeed been overlooked by libraries, I’ve included at the end of each recommendation a note on how many libraries own each one according to Worldcat — for comparison, 705 libraries own the first volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto and 634 own Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.

est em

Yaoi manga, or male/male romances written for a female audience, has the problem of containing a stereotypical triple threat: ridiculously pretty men, outrageous melodrama, and complete disregard for realism. Sometimes that’s what readers want, but if you want depth, honesty, and unvarnished romance, give est em’s work a try. Age Called Blue features brash young rock musicians trying to navigate professional opportunity and personal codependency, but this is no pop idol romance. It is about passion for music and for people, and est em gives readers an unflinching look at love between damaged, fragile people. It’s about figuring out how far is too far and why everyone’s limit is different and the betrayal you’ll forgive from a person you love. It’s about the moment when you have to let go of old fantasies and realize what you need is far simpler than what you dreamed.

est em has a strong sense of gesture and silence, and her rock ‘n’ roll men speak eloquently by trading guitar riffs as much as words. For libraries wondering about content, her works are adult but avoid full front nudity and explicit sex. est em is an intriguing, crossover creator. Her work is frequently published for gay men in Japan, and her stories strongly appeal to both men and women, gay and straight, in the US. (Owned by 6 libraries.)

Fumi Yoshinaga

Fumi Yoshinaga is well known for her titles including Antique Bakery and recent historical drama Ooku, but this series has slipped under the radar. In this series, Yoshinaga brings fresh life to the many cliches of high school dramedy manga. Here are high schoolers aspiring to be manga artists, school festivals, holiday celebrations, awkward romantic confessions, and even a clandestine teacher/student romance. Instead of manipulating all of these elements for cheap thrills, however, Yoshinaga relates these slice-of-life episodes with her trademark blend of honesty, sympathy, and wry sense of humor. In her hands, a Christmas gathering becomes an ode to good company: the music may be terrible, the food lackluster, and the decorations cheap, but if you’ve got your friends, you’re golden. Each chapter neatly sidesteps cliches by returning again and again to the characters. Yoshinaga can’t resist adding in moments of goofy hilarity, but every joke is balanced by a quiet observation. Side note: this is also one of the only manga series I’ve ever read that features an overweight character who is not present simply to provide comic relief. The Flower of Life is about high school but appeals to a wide range of teens through to adults. (Owned by 86 libraries.)

Natsume Ono

This title is one of the few recent manga out there aimed squarely at adult women, and more librarians (and foodies!) should be picking it up. As a girl Nicoletta was left in the care of grandparents by her flighty mother Olga for one logical but unfeeling reason: her mother has met a new man who says he’ll never want children. Her mother chooses a new husband over her inconvenient daughter. Now 21, Nicoletta takes off for Rome to confront her mother once and for all. Instead she’s pulled into Olga’s world: she gets an unexpected chance to rebuild her relationship with her mother and discovers a new home in her mother’s restaurant. Ristorante Paradiso, full of deliciously described cuisine and staffed entirely by older, suave gentlemen, as well as squabbles, unsolicited advice, romantic tension, and dashing mentors. Nicoletta struggles to master cooking, family, and matters of the heart, and Ono’s fluid, sketchy art suits this young woman’s coming of age tale perfectly. Ono’s work is especially appealing for readers who are seeking out the indie side of manga; her art is intentionally unpolished and wonderfully expressive. (Owned by 24 libraries.)

Naoki Urasawa

Monster and Pluto get a lot of press as the go-to titles for Naoki Urasawa, one of the best manga-ka working today writing for adults. I am an unabashed fan of Pluto (old-school sci-fi gets me every time) but 20th Century Boys is the lesser known of his works. 20th Century Boys spans twenty two volumes, with nine volumes currently out, making it the longest of his series to hit the States; perhaps libraries are reluctant to commit to the series. This is a grand shame. An ambitious epic, I’d compare it in scope and style to the TV show Lost. The story starts out as a glimpse into the lives of a group of middle school friends and shows the way their childhood dreams have alternately lingered or faded as adult reality has set in. In Urasawa’s clever hands, though, 20th Century Boys quickly morphs into a thriller with conspiracies, secret organizations, cults, terrorism, and insidious politics. Multiple timelines, memories, and points of view to create a growing sense of unease as more and more threats are revealed like the ticking of a hidden bomb. Wisely, Urasawa keeps returning to the initial theme of lost dreams, particularly looking at the power of young imaginations as a gift that needs to be reclaimed. Urasawa has a flair for investigatory dramas, and the puzzle pieces falling into place as 20th Century Boys unfold is utterly compelling. Urasawa is not full of violence or sex, elements which sometime feel like the hallmarks of men’s manga, but counts on sincere emotion, heroism among everyday people, and deft pacing to envelop the reader. (Owned by 118 libraries.)

Kazuya Minekura

My own mulligan was a hard choice — which rare and relatively unseen manga do I add to my list? I decided to go with the still (sadly) incomplete but evocative Wild Adapter from manga creator Kazuya Minekura. I almost decided to chime in with Akimi Yoshida’s Banana Fish (please do check out the ongoing roundtable discussions I’m a part of here for more information): after all, who doesn’t like epic crime drama with a strong dose of emotional intensity and frequent mexican standoffs? With six volumes currently available, however, Wild Adapter provides a lot of the same appeal for less money spent by an individual library. Minekura is famous for combining smokin’ hot bad boys and demon action into an irreverent retelling of the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West in the popular series Saiyuki and Saiyuki Reload. The dreamboat stars are a calculated draw for female readers while the vicious action and goofy humor call out to the guys. Wild Adapter balances older audience elements just as well.  Minekura mixes together all of my favorite crime story flavors: yakuza (Japanese organized crime families), shadowy experiments, amnesia, badass fights, shifting loyalties, and bursts of bitter humor. A cryptic pair of leading men, who hide as many secrets from each other as from their myriad enemies, borrow attitude and grim determination from the best seinen (men’s) manga. The relationship between the two, however, full of slowly building tension that borders on but never explicitly becomes romantic, is pure josei (women’s manga) tradition. Her artwork delineates the action and mystery just as surely as she loads a touch or a glance with meaning. Minekura has been on hiatus in order to recover from illness, but fans both in Japan and in the US eagerly await news about when the series will restart. (Owned by 45 libraries.)

Read about Brigid’s picks:

Cat’s Paradise by Yuji Iwahara (Owned by 42 libraries.)
ES: Eternal Sabbath by Fuyumi Soryo (Owned by 86 libraries.)
Suppli by Mari Okazaki (Owned by 19 libraries.)
Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma (Owned by 44 libraries.)
And her mulligan: Me and the Devil Blues by Akira Hiramoto (Owned by 46 libraries.)

You can also check out Martha Cornog’s two picks in Brigid’s post:

Cinderalla by by Junko Mizuno (Owned by 29 libraries.)
Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike & Kazuo Kamimura (Owned by 144 libraries.)

Read about Katherine’s picks:

The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama (Owned by 443 libraries.)
Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki (Owned by 130 libraries.)
Satsuma Gishiden by Hiroshi Hirata (Owned by 36 libraries.)
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumyio Kouno (Owned by 206 libraries.)
And her mulligan: Phoenix: Civil War by Osamu Tezuka (Owned by 309 libraries.)

Another ALA Galley to Grab

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Just received Mike Rockliff’s always informative and interesting “Workman Update,” with the list of authors and galleys at Workman’s booth, #2701. They will have Advance Readers Copies of the book he’s been raving about for months (and, yes, I do always believe what Mike says about books), West of Here, by Jonathan Evison. The book’s editor is Chuck Adams, who also edited Water for Elephants and A Reliable Wife.

West of Here
Jonathan Evison
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2011-02-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1565129520 / 9781565129528

Fall Galleys to Grab at ALA

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Our Galley Chat last week turned into a discussion of galleys to grab at ALA. Below are highlights, but for a longer rundown of titles to look for, check out the picks from the Librarians Shout & Share program at BEA as well as the longer list of all the titles that were mentioned.

Several people recommended the following on Galley Chat:

Anne Fortier
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2010-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0345516109 / 9780345516107

RH Audio; UNABR; 9780739384954; $40

A debut novel that comes with great expectations on the publisher’s part, after pre-empting the book prior to what was shaping up to become a heated auction. This is the story of a young woman who travels to Siena and delves into the story of her ancestors, Romeo and Giuletta (wait; didn’t they die in Verona? Appears there may be a twist here), just received a starred review in PW.


Cleopatra: A Biography
Stacy Schiff
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316001929 / 9780316001922

Hachette LARGE PRINT; Hdbk; 9780316120449; $31.99
Hachette Audio; UNABR; 9781607887010; 34.98

The bio of the Egytian queen and renowned beauty now has the added interest that the rights have been bought for a movie, with the possibility of Angelina Jolie playing Cleopatra.


One Galley Chatter mentioned that The Room was “all over BEA.” We’ve been hearing great things about it from librarians who have read the galley.

Room: A Novel
Emma Donoghue
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-09-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0316098337 / 9780316098335


My own recommendations are on an earlier post, but I want to give special attention to Up From the Blue, a debut by Susan Henderson. Just check out these amazing quotes; I agree with every one of them. Since it’s being published in trade paperback, you can take a risk and buy a few extra copies for your readers advisors.

Up from the Blue: A Novel
Susan Henderson
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks – (2010-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061984035 / 9780061984037

Marilyn Johnson at ALA

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

We just learned that Tantor Audio will be hosting Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All at booth #2853 on Saturday, 4 to 5 p.m. during ALA.

This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Read by Hillary Huber
Running Time: 7 hrs 30 min – Unabridged
Trade; 9781400116348; 6 Audio CDs; $34.99
Library; 9781400146345; 6 Audio CDs; $69.99
MP3; 9781400166343; 1 MP3-CD; $24.99

THE RED BOOK On View in D.C.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

If you’re going to D.C. this week, you have a rare opportunity to see Carl Jung’s The Red Book, which will be on view in a special exhibition, at the Library of Congress (Mon, through Sat, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

In the book, Jung chronicled in words and drawings his own hallucinations during a mental breakdown. He considered The Red Book the wellspring of all his works, but it was locked away in a vault until last year when it was sent to New York for public viewing and Norton published a facsimile. It was also featured in the New York Times Magazine.


The following spread is from Norton’s catalog.

RedBook Spread


The Red Book
C. G. Jung
Retail Price: $195.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-10-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0393065677 / 9780393065671


Procrastinator’s Guide to ALA

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Like many of you, I rely on John Berry’s preview of ALA conference to help me find my way through the approximately 2,000 programs and meetings going on. I was in a bit of a panic, because I couldn’t find it on the new on the LJ Web site (ah, the challenges of transitioning to new servers; I am totally sympathetic). Found it in the nick of time.

ALA 2010: The Costly Cornucopia

Also, Cindy Orr at the Readers Advisor Online blog has a great rundown of Readers Advisory programming.

ALA Annual Conference RA Programs

Of the listings, I want to give a special shout-out to Neal Wyatt’s brainchild, the RA Research and Trends Forum. This year, the topic is visual narratives, examined in several formats; love the idea of mixing together video games, graphic novels and illuminated manuscripts.

RA Research and Trends Forum
Saturday June 26th, 4-5:30 p.m.
Convention Center, room 204 B/C

Nathan Altice, video game narratives
Tom De Haven, on graphic novels; an expert on comics, De Haven is known for his comics-themed novels, the Derby trilogy and It’s Superman
Daniel De Simone, LC’s expert on illuminated manuscripts

Also, don’t forget the publishers buzz sessions, which we ran down last week:

From the Inside(rs) Out: Book Editors and the New Titles They Love
Friday, June 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 (just prior to the opening of the Exhibit floor)
Convention Center; Room 103A

HarperCollins FALL TITLE Presentation
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Convention Center, Room 147A
Adult Titles, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Childrens Titles, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RSVP to: Bobby Brinson, HarperCollins

Random House, Inc. BOOK BUZZ
Sunday, June 27th
Convention Center, Room 152A
Children’s Titles: 10:00am – 11:00am
Adult Titles: 11:15am – 12:15pm
RSVP to: Library@RandomHouse

And, check the publisher’s ads to find out which authors will be featured in their booths (hint: Vicki Myron will be at one of them):

Random House, booth #2903

Penguin, boooth #2505

ALA Book Buzz

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Publisher buzz sessions have become useful, not to mention fun, sources of insight into forthcoming titles librarians need to know about.

At ALA for the first time this year, the Trade Libraries Committee of the Association of American Publishers will present book editors buzzing their favorite fall titles, moderated by Nancy Pearl.

From the Inside(rs) Out: Book Editors and the New Titles They Love
Friday, June 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 (just prior to the opening of the Exhibit floor)
Convention Center; Room 103A

Also scheduled are sessions by publishers’ library marketing departments; great not only for getting advance buzz, but galleys, totes and (much-needed) refreshment. Earlier sessions are where librarians first heard about titles that are just breaking out now, like A Fierce Radiance or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Important Note; the publishers request that you register in advance so they will have enough goodies on hand. However, if you forget to RSVP, no worries; we’ve never seen anyone turned away at the door, just be respectful of the limited quantities of freebies.

HarperCollins FALL TITLE Presentation
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Convention Center, Room 147A
Adult Titles, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Childrens Titles, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RSVP to: Bobby Brinson, HarperCollins

If you’re wondering how much the HC Library Marketing team can BUZZ, check out their photo here!

Random House, Inc. BOOK BUZZ
Sunday, June 27th
Convention Center, Room 152A
Children’s Titles: 10:00am – 11:00am
Adult Titles: 11:15am – 12:15pm
RSVP to: Library@RandomHouse

Graphic Novel Programming at ALA

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The ALA Annual Conference, just over a week away, boasts a wide array of programming devoted to comics and graphic novels. This year, there is a program for everyone.

There are excellent conference programs in the Programming Guide. If you’re having trouble navigating it, search the event planner for the keyword “graphic novel.”

This year, for the first time, additional graphic novel and comics programming will also be taking place at the Graphic Novel Pavilion in the exhibit floor courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors. These events grew out of a partnership between Diamond Books and the ALA Show Management Team, involving a lot of hard work and brainstorming by ALA Show staff Tina Coleman, Patrick Murphy and John Chraska and Diamond Books’ John Shableski.

Throughout the weekend at The Graphic Novel Pavilion, publishers will present previews of their upcoming titles in half-hour sessions at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage. Creators, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile: A Dental Drama), Barry Lyga (Archvillain), and Geoffrey Hayes (Benny & Penny) will also speak about their latest works. For the listing of the full schedule of programs and creators (which is not included in the ALA Programming Guide), click here.

Below are must-attend programs for anyone who works with Graphic Novels.

Friday evening, 8:00 p.m.

The popular Booklist Forum this year is called Comic World: Graphic Novels Come of Age and features an exciting panel of creators and publishers Francoise Mouly (TOON Books), Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Prime Baby), Mark Siegel (To Dance, Seadogs), and Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn).
Location: Washington Convention Center, 144A

Saturday, 10:00am

The Art of Graphic Novel Collection Development is for all of you librarians keen to understand the ins and outs of how best to maintain your collection, with librarian panelists Kat Kan and Ty Rousseau alongside Jill Faherty from Baker and Talyor and Raymond Barber from HW Wilson and moderated by Unshelved‘s Gene Ambaum.
Location: Exhibits, Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage

Saturday, 4:00 pm

Library of Congress Newspaper Section Head Georgia Higley and graphic novel publisher extraordinaire Francoise Mouly will present Back to the Future: Comics and Graphic Novels in Special Collections, investigating the format’s impact on juvenile publishing and the evolution and use of comics and graphic novel collections in the Library of Congress.
Location: Washington Convention Center, 145B

Sunday, 4:00 pm

The bloggers from School Library Journal‘s Good Comics for Kids (myself included) will present a primer on graphic novels for younger readers addressing such topics as creating a successful juvenile collection, age ratings, and favorite titles.
Location: Washington Convention Center, 152A

Monday, 10:30 am

David Small (Stitches) and Audrey Niffenegger (The Night Bookmobile) will speak about their ventures into creating graphic novels.
Location: Washington Convention Center, Ballroom C

Monday, 12:30pm

Christian Zabriskie presents Superbooks: How Graphic Novels Can Save Your Library with Amazing Circulation Numbers, providing an in-depth look with statistics at how much bang for your buck graphic novels give you.
Location: Exhibits, Pop Top Stage

Monday, 1:30pm

School librarians take note! Peter Gutierrez, Sari Wilson, Prof. Katie Monnin, and David Serchay all pool together their considerable knowledge to help you navigate the best methods and resources for teaching with graphic novels.  Make sure to check out all the other school-related programs here.
Location: Exhibits, Pop Top Stage

Monday, 2:30pm

Closing out the events on Monday at 2:30 pm, a diverse panel of graphic novel editors giving attendees the lowdown on graphic novel creation.
Location: Exhibits, Pop Top Stage

If you’re wondering just where I’ll be at during the weekend, I’ll be part of the panel The Best Manga You’re Not Reading panel Saturday as well as two more panels discussing the joys (and struggles) in creating the Great Graphic Novels for Teens List and serving as an Eisner Judge.

Finally, join everyone at the Graphic Novel and Gaming Stage for the Cosplay on Parade Cocktail Reception from 4:00-5:00pm on Saturday. Librarians will be strutting their stuff dressed as their favorite characters and showing off just how much fun cosplay (or costume play) can be. I’ll be in costume all day Saturday, so I hope you’ll say hello! Just look for Rapunzel from Shannon Hale’s Calamity Jack.

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Celebrating The Genres

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The RUSA Reading List Awards are unusual for ALA; rather than literary fiction, they focus on genres, most of which are overlooked when best books awards are being handed out.

The awards were announced at MidWinter. Adriana Trigiani won in the Women’s Fiction category  and did what any bestselling author would do in her situation; she called her mom (who is a librarian).


Winners are below, the full lists, with runners-up and readalikes (this is RUSA, after all!)  is available here.


(Action, Thrillers and Adventure)

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
Lee Child
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-05-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385340575 / 9780385340571


Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak)
Ken Scholes
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Tor Fantasy – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0765360918 / 9780765360915

Historical Fiction

Agincourt: A Novel
Bernard Cornwell
Retail Price: $14.99
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks – (2010-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061578908 / 9780061578908


Last Days
Brian Evenson
Retail Price: $12.95
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Underland Press – (2009-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0980226007 / 9780980226003


A Beautiful Place to Die: A Novel
Malla Nunn
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Washington Square Press – (2009-10-20)
ISBN / EAN: 1416586210 / 9781416586210


What Happens in London
Julia Quinn
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon – (2009-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061491888 / 9780061491887

Science Fiction

The Windup Girl
Paolo Bacigalupi
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Night Shade Books – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1597801577 / 9781597801577

Women’s Fiction

Very Valentine: A Novel
Adriana Trigiani
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061257052 / 9780061257056