With authors and ARCs in tow, the Sourcebooks library team headed to Boston for the American Library Association 2016 Midwinter Meeting. We love library shows! They are an opportunity to chat with forward-thinking, enthusiastic, book-loving librarians who all share the same purpose—to get the right books in the hands of the right readers. We packed the five days with events, giveaways, and signings and were blown away by the excitement surrounding our authors and titles. Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun:
On Thursday, marketing specialist Beth Oleniczak joined more than twenty publishers to kick off the weekend events by presenting forthcoming kids/YA and adult lists to a room of more than one hundred librarians at the Boston Public Library Book Buzz. (Check out #BookBuzzMA on Twitter for highlights from the day!)
The Sourcebooks booth, ready to go on Friday night for the opening reception!
Sourcebooks Fire author Cori McCarthy signed ARCs of her forthcoming contemporary mixed-format novel You Were Here and was so excited to hear from librarians who were fans of her previous book, Breaking Sky!
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky “Queen of Tween” Anna Staniszewski, a seasoned Bostonian, joined us at the booth to help spread the word about her superfun Switched at First Kiss series and sign copies of the first book, I’m With Cupid.
Debut author Marieke Nijkamp celebrated the January 5 release of her harrowing, hopeful novel This Is Where It Ends at a variety of events throughout the show. Here, she joins authors (from left to right) Malinda Lo (Adaptation), Kody Keplinger (The DUFF), Adam Silvera (More Happy than Not), and Heidi Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere) on the conference’s incredibly insightful—and best-attended—panel, We Need Diverse Books. Read Publishers Weekly’s recap of the lively conversation here. On the right, librarians eagerly anticipating the WNDB panel!
At the Booklist/AAP sponsored Read ’n Rave program, a panel of enthusiastic children’s and teen collection development librarians roamed the exhibit hall floor and highlighted their top picks for galleys to grab at the show. We were thrilled to hear panelist Joslyn Jones, children’s services supervisor at the Bowie Branch of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (MD), call out three Sourcebooks Fire titles--This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul, and Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach.
Like the rest of the conference exhibitors and attendees, we woke up bright and early Monday morning for a good seat at the Youth Media Awards! What an amazing year it’s been for children’s books! Congratulations to all of the amazing titles honored this year—and a special congratulations to David A. Adler (author of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky’s Danny’s Doodles series) on his Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Don’t Throw It to Mo! (Penguin Young Readers).
Thank you to all of the librarians who stopped by the Sourcebooks booth; we’ll see you again in April for PLA 2016!
Beth, Margaret, and Alex