LJ’s picks & pans for the American Library Association 2006 annual conference
See also: Laissez Les Bons Temps Revenir!
LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage
PPO. Jun. 24-26, noon-4 p.m. In Aisle 3000 of the Exhibit Hall at Morial Convention Center. Enjoy readings from Susan Straight, Robert Pinsky, Tom Piazza, Gail Godwin, Lyn Miller-Lachman, Gregory Galloway, Brenda Marie Osbey, Amanda Boyden, Mary Gaitskill, Lee Merrill Byrd, Bapsi Sidhwa, Bob Greene, David Romtvedt, Abha Dawesar, Dayne Sherman, and William Henry Lewis.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
Jane Lindskold (Wolf Hunting)
Fred Saberhagen (Ardneh’s Sword)
Vernor Vinge (Rainbows End)
LITA. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Science Fiction: The Literature of Ideas. Three distinguished sf and fantasy authors will discuss the visionary nature of their craft, the new ideas and technologies, speculative literature, and the possible impact these developments could have on society.
James Nelson (Benedict Arnold’s Navy: The Ragtag Fleet That Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution)
Joanne Oppenheim (Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference)
Gilbert Tuhabonye (This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness)
FOLUSA. 1:30-3:30. Quiet (and Not So Quiet) Heroes in Literature. Join these authors who show how one person or even a ragtag fleet can make a difference. A book signing will follow. Louis Shores Award winner Barbara Hoffert, editor of LJ‘s Book Review, will moderate.
Mark Childress (One Mississippi)
Jed Horne (Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City)
Tom Piazza (Why New Orleans Matters)
FOLUSA. 4-5 p.m. Southern Voices. Notable Southern writers on their latest work-with a New Orleans focus. A book signing will follow. LJ‘s Barbara Hoffert does an encore.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Elizabeth Alexander (American Sublime)
Mary Gaitskill (Veronica)
Uzodinma Iweala (Beasts of No Nation)
Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle)
RUSA CODES. 7-10:30 a.m. Literary Tastes: Notable Books Breakfast. Meet three authors whose books have been selected by the Notable Books Council as the most notable fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of 2005. After breakfast, the authors will be available for book signings and conversation. RUSA members, students/retirees, $30; ALA members, $33, nonmembers, $36.
Creation, Content & Community in Three Latino Children’s Literature Awards
EMIERT. 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Pura Belpre, Tomas Rivera, and Américas awards all highlight different facets of culturally diverse literature for children and young adults. Representatives of each, recipients, and librarians will discuss the "authentic" presentation of cultural content, the value of the award, and the community of readers.
Tracy Brown (Criminal Minded)
Deja King (Bitch)
Méta Smith (The Rolexxx Club)
Timothy Williams (5 Minutes and 42 Seconds)
FOLUSA. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Street Lit. Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Fountain Room. Four authors of the hottest new genre-street lit-a.k.a. ghetto fiction, gansta lit-discuss why it is expanding reading horizons and bringing new users into the library. A book signing will follow. LJ‘s Barbara Hoffert will moderate.
Roy Blount Jr. (Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans)
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler (Very New Orleans)
Susan Straight (A Million Nightingales)
PPO, Booklist. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Louisiana on Our Mind. Booklist Adult Books Editor Brad Hooper hosts a panel of authors with new books focusing on Louisiana and New Orleans.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Cary J. Broussard (From Cinderella to CEO)
Lee Merrill Byrd (Riley’s Fire)
John Hart (The King of Lies)
Cody Mcfadyen (Shadow Man)
Devyani Salzman (Shooting Water)
FOLUSA. 10:30 a.m.-noon. First Author, First Book. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to and meet future stars! Participants from past programs have gone on to become best-selling authors, such as John Grogan (Marley & Me). Book signing will follow. LJ‘s redoubtable Hoffert does a four-peat.
Gail Godwin (Queen of the Underworld)
RUSA. 1:30-3:30 p.m. President’s Program: What You’ll Read Next: The Buzz of Books. How authors, editors, publishers, publicists, librarians, and readers create a sensation. PW Editor-in-Chief Sara Nelson and Chesterfield County PL’s Neal Wyatt (creator of Wyatt’s World at libraryjournal.com) share the passion.
Marie Arana (Cellophane)
Mary Jane Clark (Lights Out Tonight)
Bob Greene (And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship)
Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life)
Harry Paul (Revved! An Incredible Way To Rev Up Your Workplace and Achieve Amazing Results)
FOLUSA. Mon., 2-4 p.m. Author Tea. Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Ballroom A/B. Best-selling authors discuss their experiences in writing while you enjoy a "high tea" of finger sandwiches and desserts. A book signing will follow. Books free, or at a generous discount. FOLUSA members, $30; others, $35 through 6/20/06; $45 at the door.
William Henry Lewis (I Got Somebody in Staunton)
J. Everett Prewitt (Snake Walkers)
Martha Southgate (Third Girl from the Left)
BCALA. 8-10 p.m. The BCALA Literary Awards recognizes excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American writers. An award is also made for the outstanding contribution to publishing.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Jamie Adoff (Jimi & Me)
Bryan Collier (Rosa)
Julius Lester (Day of Tears)
EMIERT. 7-9 a.m. 37th Annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast. This year honors the late Coretta Scott King as well as African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth. Tickets: $50.