The American Library Association Annual Conference is June 22-27. Everyone in the bookish world is heading off to Chicago to immerse themselves in books, author talks, books, presentations, books, panel discussion…..did I mention books? Everyone but us that is. We can’t make it this year, but that didn’t stop us from creating our dream schedule.  If you’re going, we’ve got a list of the events you won’t want to miss. If you’re not going, we’ve got a list to make you green with envy.

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ALA 2017

Meet the Authors: Jason Reynolds 

Saturday, June 24

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3020

When you have a chance to meet this  Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award winner you take it. He is a captivating speaker and all around nice guy.

Meet the Authors: Melanie Crowder  

Saturday, June 24

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3811

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, June 2017

Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in the underbelly of Bolivia’s crime world, where the power of family is both a prison and the only means of survival.

Generation Gap: Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Look at Youth and Technology.  Featuring V.E. Schwab, Cory Doctorow, Susan Dennard and Annalee Newitz

Saturday, June 24

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: McCormick Place, W192

During this panel, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz, V.E. Schwab and Susan Dennard discuss how their work can help explain and bridge generational gaps, as well as what it takes for a literary work to gain crossover appeal for both youth and adults.


Meet the Authors: Candace Ganger  

Saturday, June 24

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 2714

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash, July 2017

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it.

Meet the Authors: Cindy Pon 

Saturday, June 24

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3020

Want, June 2017

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Meet the Authors: Neal Shusterman 

Saturday, June 24

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3020

Scythe, 2016

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

YA Author Coffee Klatch

Sunday, June 25

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: McCormick Place, S105

Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk abut their upcoming projects! Participating authors include: Julie Berry, Jessica Abel, Melissa Albert, Kwame Alexander, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Kathleen Baldwin, Peter Bognanni, Wendy Brant, Sharon Cameron, Kristin Cashore, Melanie Crowder, Cory Doctorow, Sarah Beth Durst, Kim Dwinell, Candace Ganger, Geoffrey Girard, Adele Griffin, Julie Halpern, Deborah Heiligman, McCall Hoyle, Holly Jennings, Shing Yin, Khor Marjorie Liu, Emery Lord, Marie Lu, Anna-Marie McLemore, Nnedi Okorafor, Daniel José Older, Louise O’Neil, Mitali Perkins, J.L.Powers, Amy Reed, Rob Rufus, Meredith Russo, V.E. Schwab, Neal Shusterman, Scott Stambach, Megan Whalen Turner, Kim Turrisi, Cat Winters, Skottie Young 

Meet the Authors: Kwame Alexander 

Sunday, June 25

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 311

Kwame Alexander shares poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

Meet the Authors: Melissa Albert (Flatiron Books YA)

Sunday, June 25

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 2714

The Hazel Wood, Jan 30, 2018

Welcome to The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

Meet the Authors: Julie Berry  (Rainbow Books)

Sunday, June 25

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 2817

The Passion of Dolssa, 2016

The year is 1241. Dolssa, a young gentlewoman from the city, is on the run from a rogue monk who wants to burn her as a heretic. Botille is a matchmaker running a tavern with her two sisters in a tiny seaside village. When the matchmaker finds the mystic, half-dead beside a country road, she discovers the girl’s extraordinary power to heal people. But the monk who pursues Dolssa will stop at nothing to find Dolssa and see her burn. The more Dolssa becomes a part of Botille’s family, the graver the danger becomes for the entire village.

Meet the Authors: Kristin Cashore 

Sunday, June 25

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 3811

Jane, Unlimited, Release date Sept 19, 2017

The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series—a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

Booklist’s #50YearsofYA Panel

Sunday, June 25

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: McCormick Place, S103

Booklist’s ongoing 50 Years of YA celebration—based on the 1967 publication of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders—reaches one of its peak events with this wide-ranging discussion about the past and future of YA literature. Featuring a blow-out panel of seven superstar YA authors to include: Kristin Cashore (Bitterblue, Penguin Young Readers Group), Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion, Little Brown Books for Young Readers), Deborah Heiligman (Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group),  Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper, Scholastic), Neal Shusterman (Scythe, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves, HarperCollins Children’s Books), and Nicola Yoon (The Sun Is Also a Star, Random House Children’s Books). Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth Editor Daniel Kraus. 

Meet the Authors: Anna-Marie McLemore 

Sunday, June 25

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 2711
Wild and Beautiful, Oct 2017

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Hopefully next year we’ll be attending ALA instead of just dreaming about it. If you’re going, send us pictures so we can live vicariously through you.


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