Countdown to MidWinter

alaFor those of you heading to Denver next week (and it looks like there’s more of you than originally predicted), it’s time to get serious about planning your schedule. John Berry’s excellent program preview includes a good rundown of author programs (under the heading, “Authorized” — cute, John).

In addition to those programs, please consider coming to  the “Librarians Book Buzz.”  I’m moderating it this time, which is not the only reason I want you to come — it’s a great opportunity to get an early look at buzz-worthy titles. Many titles discussed at previous buzz panels went on to become “surprise” bestsellers (Dewey was presented at the PLA buzz session; Animals Make Us Human just hit the NYT list — it was presented at the BEA Librarians Buzz Panel). Plus, it’s a good opportunity to get to know the library marketing folks at publishing houses. They can be very helpful to you when you’re putting together programs, looking for galleys, or  when you just need information on their titles or authors.

Sunday, January 25th
2 pm – 3:30 pm
Librarians Book Buzz
Convention Center, Room 301

Moderator:  Nora Rawlinson

Speakers include:

  • Heather Scott, Marketing Manager, Hachette Book Group USA (Little, Brown and Grand Central Publishing)
  • Michael Barry, Library Marketing, Macmillan (FSG, St. Martins, Holt, Tor/Forge, Picador)
  • Michael Rockliff, Director of Library Sales & Marketing, Workman Publishing (includes Algonquin)
  • Bethany Buck, VP, Publisher of Aladdin & Pulse, S&S Childrens
  • Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Viz Media


And, there’s still some (free) tickets available for the “Breakfast and Book Talk,” sponsored by the AAP.

Will your YA’s ever forgive you if you don’t come to see the authors of the bestselling “House of Night” series? I think not.

Will your boss forgive yourself for missing Luis Albert Urrera (his Hummingbird’s Daughter was a San Francisco “One City” pick), or Abraham Vergase, whose debut book, Cutting for Stone, is the lead February “IndieNext” pick? She shouldn’t.

To get tickets, send an email to  Tina Jordan, AAP

Sunday, January 25th, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Denver Convention Center, Room 605/607
Breakfast and BookTalk


  • Eli Gottlieb, Now You See Him, (HarperCollins) 
  • Brian Dennis Monaghan and Geraldine V. Monaghan, authors of The Power of Two (Workman, May 15, 09) 
  • P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast, authors of Hunted, “House of Night,” Book 5, (St. Martin’s/Griffin, March 10. 09) 
  • Craig Johnson, author of Another Man’s Moccasins (Viking Penguin, May 29, ‘09) 
  • Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting For Stone (Alfred A. Knopf, Feb. 3. ‘09) 
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North (Little Brown, May 19. ‘09) 

Author signings follow at the publishers’ booths.


On Monday,  there will be a discussion of a very timely topic — how to deal with cutbacks in collection development during the economic downturn as well as how to purchase to meet the need of patrons affected by the downturn.

The Collection Management In Public Libraries Discussion/Interest Group (sponsored by RUSA and CODES)
Monday, Jan 26, 10:30 to 12:00
Convention Center, Room 703

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