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It's All Happening in Chicago
ALA's Annual Conference is just two weeks away, and the Booklist offices are humming with activity as we prepare for a full slate of exciting author and audiobook narrator events, from the announcement and presentation of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, to the Printz and Odyssey Award programs and receptions, to the full schedule of interviews we'll be conducting in the Booklist booth (#1817). Visit Likely Stories for a complete listing of what we're up to, and be sure to adjust your calendar accordingly.
Can't make it to Chicago? Well, console yourself with the June 1 & 15 Booklist, a double issue packed with reviews, columns, and articles supporting our annual Spotlight on Biography and Audiobook Showcase. You'll find a generous selection below, and as always, print subscribers can read every word on Booklist Online.
There's more I could say, but I'll keep it brief—I have my own calendar to plan!
Presentation of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence
Join Booklist Publications for the announcement and presentation of the second Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA's only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. This ticketed event will be followed by a dessert-and-drinks reception. The Carnegie Medals are administered by Booklist and RUSA.
Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom
Spotlight on Biography
The Looking Glass Brother
By Peter von Ziegesar
The first time Peter von Ziegesar met Peter von Ziegesar, he told his father, "Those are the eyes of a killer. You're going to have real trouble with this kid later on."
Top 10 Biographies: 2013
By Donna Seaman
The art of biography involves sleuthing, historical fluency, captivating storytelling, critical acumen, and empathy, qualities on full display in the best 10 biographies reviewed in Booklist from July 2012 through June 2013, whether the authors are resurrecting the forgotten or bringing a unique perspective to the oft-celebrated.
America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation
By Joshua Kendall
Sure, there's a link between creativity and eccentricity, but what of a link between eccentricity and extreme productivity? Noted journalist Kendall explores the existence of such a link in this engaging dive into the private lives of seven of the nation's most productive individuals.
He Reads . . . Librarians
By David Wright
Was it ever common to call people like me "male librarians," as it once was to refer to "male nurses"? The days of any profession being that bound up with either gender seem to be thankfully retreating into the past.
The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis
By Julie Kavanagh
Kavanagh became intrigued with Marie Duplessis, a svelte, cultured young courtesan in Paris in the 1840s, while she was researching her biographies of Ashton and Nureyev.
Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia
This year's Booklist Books for Youth Forum features a stellar lineup: Cory Doctorow, Lois Lowry, Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth. Moderated by Booklist associate editor Ann Kelley, this discussion of the wildly popular genre of dystopian literature for teens is sure to be wildly popular itself. Don't miss it!
Friday, June 28, 8–10 p.m.
Sheraton Chicago, Ballroom 5
She Reads . . . Librarians
By Kaite Mediatore Stover
The world labors under two delusions regarding lady librarians. We are either the timid, bespectacled spinster (see Mary Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life) or we're the wild 'n' crazy, bun-loosening fantasy babe (see most stag films from the 1960s).
By A. Scott Berg
His name is customarily listed in the category of "great" when historians rank the U.S. presidents. Woodrow Wilson was, it will be recalled, chief executive during WWI. He kept the U.S. out of war in his first term, but in his second, he propelled the country into a conflict that had gone global.
Read-alikes: He Kept Us out of War—Not!
By Brad Hooper
The Wilson presidency presented a complicated suite of issues of both international and domestic scope and even ones that were personal to Wilson himself. Readers interested in pursuing further information about Wilson's policies and personality should channel their interest into learning what the following books have to say.
The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman
By Benita Eisler
Born in 1796, young Catlin became indelibly sensitized to the cruel realities of Native American life when the first Indian he met, an Oneida in New York State, was murdered. Giving up law school after being "seduced by art," Catlin became certain that he was "chosen to preserve the history and customs of the Indian for posterity."
The Manley Arts: Cronkite and Carson
By Will Manley
Many things have changed in America in the past 50 years, so many that it seems easier to name those few things that haven’t changed. Let’s see . . . there’s Coca Cola, Marlboro, and, well, that’s all I can really think of right now, and even Coke flirted with a new formula but quickly reverted back to normalcy after being bombarded with complaints.
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography
By Charles Moore
Gird your loins! Because unless you are fanatical about twentieth-century British politics, the last page of this hulking biography—this being only the first of two volumes—will remain out of reach.
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
By Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
It's not easy to explain the work of Albert Einstein to a young audience, but this marvelous book pulls it off. It does so by providing an overview of Einstein's life: the way he thought and how his remarkable ideas changed the way scientists think.
Top 10 Biographies for Youth: 2013
By Ilene Cooper
Legendary figures—from Mata Hari to Mahalia Jackson, the Marquis de Lafayette to Martin Luther King—appear in these best biographies for young readers. The titles were chosen from books reviewed in Booklist between June 1, 2012, and May 15, 2013.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
By H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry
A terrific jacket image shows a tiny girl in a towering forest as seen from above. Who is this girl? And why is she the tree lady?
Unpacking a Standard: With Biographies
By Julie Green
Great biographies are not only introductions to fascinating subjects, they also provide wonderful opportunities to really think about the authors' choices: What details did they choose to include, what connections did they choose to make, and what concepts did they choose to explore?
By Jeanette Winter
Masterful picture-book biographer Winter (The Watcher, 2011) offers an elegant, accessible portrait of expressive artist Henri Matisse. She tackles his childhood, law career, and establishment as a painter of note in the first eight pages, using small, square-frame illustrations with text placed above and below.
Presentation of the 2013 Odyssey Awards
Don't miss Kate Rudd, narrator of Odyssey winner The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, as well as honor narrators Nathaniel Parker (Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer), Elliot Hill (Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke), and Katherine Kellgren (Monstrous Beauty, by Elizabeth Fama). All attendees will receive audiobooks, and this free program concludes with a reception. The Odyssey Awards are administered by ALSC and YALSA and sponsored by Booklist.
Monday, July 1, 3:30 p.m.
McCormick Convention Center, Room S106B
Carte Blanche: The Man Who Gave Freddy a Face
By Michael Cart
The legions of Freddy the Pig fans will know that in the very first Freddy book (To and Again), our friend Freddy wasn't the hero; he was just one of the 13 Bean Farm animals who took a vacation trip to Florida.
My Beloved World
By Sonia Sotomayor and read by Rita Moreno
In this fascinating memoir, Sotomayor chronicles her journey from a Bronx housing project to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. She graduated as valedictorian of her Catholic high-school class; received a scholarship to Princeton University; and went on to Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Law Review and learned to think about court decisions.
Journey by Starlight: A Time Traveler's Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
By Ian Flitcroft and illustrated by Britt Spencer
Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaires hold nary a candle to this trip. Cannonball to the moon! Hitchhike on a comet! Pah!
March: Book One
By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
Congressman Lewis, with Michael D'Orso's assistance, told his story most impressively in Walking with the Wind (1998). Fortunately, it's such a good story—a sharecropper's son rises to eminence by prosecuting the cause of his people—that it bears retelling, especially in this graphic novel by Lewis, his aide Aydin, and Powell, one of the finest American comics artists going.
Khaled Hosseini in Conversation
The best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will discuss his first new novel in more than six years, And the Mountains Echoed, with Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman. An outstanding chance to hear one of the world’s most widely read and beloved writers.
Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S100A
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
By Tony Cliff
Selim is used to being an overlooked and underpaid member of the Turkish Janissary Corps, but when the Agha's men capture a prisoner—the scandalous woman who calls herself Delilah Dirk—Selim finds out the hard way that maybe he needs a little excitement in his life.
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists
Edited by Chris Duffy
To follow up the winning Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011), First Second offers this similarly spectacular idea. Once again gathering a coterie of grand artistic talent from kids' and indie comics (many returning from NRC), this collection features 17 stories longer than those in the previous project, which gives each work more room to delight.
Fantastic Voyage: Reference Service in an Ever-Shrinking Print Environment
Today's reference librarians rely less and less on print resources, but print reference collections still occupy prime space in most libraries. How are libraries managing their collections—and their users—in today's environment? Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist's editor for reference and collection management, moderates a panel of librarian experts that includes David Tyckoson, Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, and Melissa DeWild.
Monday, July 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S102A
Voice of Choice: George Guidall
By Joyce Saricks
George Guidall's mesmerizing baritone has entranced listeners for decades. He has recorded more than 900 titles and received two Audie Awards, starred reviews in Booklist, and other awards.
By Daniel Kraus and read by Kirby Heyborne
As he did in the 2012 Odyssey Award winner Rotters (also available from Listening Library), Heyborne masterfully reads Kraus' latest, set in Iowa in 1981 and featuring a depraved father and his family.
Voices in My Head: What's New with Digital Providers
By Mary Burkey
There's plenty of good news about audiobooks and libraries as longtime library partners make innovative improvements to digital download platforms. An Association of American Publishers survey states that downloadable audiobooks have an annual publishing growth rate of nearly 30 percent, topping the rate for paperback and hardcover segments.
By Kerry Greenwood and read by Stephanie Daniel
The inimitable Phryne Fisher, dashing flapper-era Australian sleuth with a social conscience, returns in this excellently plotted mystery involving the white-slave trade and crimes within the Catholic Church. Several young girls have gone missing.
International Crime from Independent Publishers
As part of Mystery Day, lauded crime-fiction authors Wolf Haas, Bayo Ojikutu, Zane Lovitt, and Mark Billingham will talk with Booklist Online editor and panel moderator Keir Graff about their worldly perspectives on the mystery genre. The authors will sign books after they speak. Not to be missed!
Saturday, June 29, 1–2 p.m.
McCormick Place Exhibit Hall, PopTop Stage
At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Audio Wish List
By Joyce Saricks
My family and friends will concur that I am the world’s worst at creating wish lists for birthday and Christmas presents. My excuse is that they’re only about six weeks apart. Honestly, how could anyone make two lists in so short a time? But with audiobooks, coming up with a wish list is easy.
Fall Audiobook Preview: 2013
By Sue-Ellen Beauregard
We salute National Audiobook Month by featuring this preview of upcoming titles, slated for release from June through December 2013. The titles are organized under adult and youth subheadings, with adult titles further grouped under fiction and nonfiction and more specialized genres.