Procrastinator’s Guide to ALA

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

One Response to “Procrastinator’s Guide to ALA”

  1. Maggie Says:

    Please somebody go to the Penguin booth and find out the scoop on Ken Follet’s new trilogy. Fall of Giants, the first title is supposed to be released in September. Is it going to be as big as Pillars of the Earth? It’s over 1000 pages so…. Haven’t heard any buzzing.