Saturday, June 15, 2013

About ALA

Writing Conferences/BookFairs: ALA Annual Conference

The American Library Association holds two meetings per year. The annual conference and the midwinter meeting are held in rotating host cities. This year it is held June 27th - July 2nd in Chicago, the hometown of the organization.

The ALA Annual Conference is held with librarians of every kind in mind, for them to help transform their respective libraries, serve their community, track trends, and keep up with this rapidly changing field of publishing. 

ALA Annual Conference programs, updates, conversations, and other events cover key issues such as digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and hundreds of authors, leadership, library advocacy, community engagement, and library marketing. There’s also a wide range of networking opportunities and fun events.

The ALA Exhibition will showcase the latest publications, products and technologies available to libraries. Many of these products will be featured in special showcase pavilions to help conference attendees get an in depth look at what is new.

With more than 800 organizations in attendance and multiple pavilions and stages featuring the hottest authors, the exhibit hall is the hub for learning and professional development at the Annual Conference. Attendees can explore a wide variety of library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies, including publishing house representatives and authors.

This year’s Booklist Books for Youth Forum features Cory Doctorow, Lois Lowry, Patrick Ness, and Veronica Roth as the panel for Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia. These bestselling and award-winning authors will discuss the popular genre of dystopian literature. 

Ongoing author events/talks are held throughout the bulk of the conference. Authors in attendance will cover every genre and category, every size press, and independent publishers. (There is even a special stage for cookbook presentations.) This is a chance for authors and publishers to connect face-to-face to library representatives from around the world - those who educate and put books in hands! 

From what I've gathered, authors are asked to attend by their publisher.

This is a conference, as an aspiring author, I hope to have the honor and opportunity to attend one day. 

Now, if you're a writer like I am....go get your write on. Let a conference like this be motivation for you to write quality YA!

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