June 22, 2010

going to ALA? here’s all the fun stuff you should do!

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For those of you who don’t know, ALA is the American Library Association, and this weekend is its annual conference in Washington, DC. We’ll be representing (Jen aka Book Club Girl, Kayleigh, and Stephanie will all be there), but I thought it would be helpful to give you a preview of all the awesome harper perennial and harpercollins-related stuff going on at the convention. With my commentary, of course. So here’s our schedule! Or just come say hi at booth #2513. Our library team doesn’t bite unless provoked.

Friday, June 25
3:30 – 5:00
From the Inside(rs) Out: Book Editors and the New Titles They Love
Room 103A, Convention Center
Featuring our editorial director, Cal Morgan! Fun Cal Morgan facts. He likes pizza. Last night he bought a copy of Alone With You by Marisa Silver.

5:30 – 6:30
Gayle Lemmon signing bound first chapters (i.e. you will definitely be among the first to read this) of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana in the booth.

Saturday, June 26
8:00 – 9:00
Auditorium Speaker Series
Nancy Pearl with Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of Scout, Atticus, and Boo)
Ballroom C

10:00 – 11:15
Title Presentation
Room 147A, Convention Center
Kayleigh and Bobby from our library team present hot titles for fall!

10:00 – 11:00
Mary McDonagh Murphy signing in the booth

10:30 – 12:00
(attention romance fans!)
Isn’t It Romantic, featuring author Kathryn Caskie
WCC, Room 142

11:30 – 12:30
Katrina Kittle signing The Blessings of the Animals in the booth
(seriously, go get a copy. I will refrain from begging, but you can read about my love for Katrina and this book here.

Emily Gray Tedrowe signing Commuters
(another fave. and Emily is a debut author. Support her! She deserves it.)

12:30 – 1:30
Kathryn Caskie signing The Most Wicked of Sins
(I would love to know how much overlap there is between harper perennial fans and avon romance fans. I’m guessing more than you might think.)

2:00 – 3:00
Jessica Anya Blau signing Summer of Naked Swim Parties
(I loved this one when it came out—it’s EXACTLY the kind of book I like to read. We’re gearing up for Jessica’s new one, Drinking Closer to Home, in winter 2011.)

4:30 – 5:00
Jonathan Weiner signing Long For This World
(I constantly get this confused with a novel by the same name that came out seven or eight years ago. This is about eternal youth. The novel was about that disease that makes little kids look like old people.)

Sunday June 27
9:30 – 10:30
Janet Mullany signing Jane and the Damned

10:30 – 11:30
Adriana Trigiani (who I have never met, but who I hear is the nicest author ever) signing Brava Valentine

11:00 – 12:30
Marilyn Johnson signing This Book is Overdue! at the Baker & Taylor booth
(read this a few weeks ago, loved it)

12:30 – 1:30
Daphne Kalotay signing Russian Winter
(one of the big hardcover books for fall!)

12:30 – 1:00
Adriana Trigiani at the LIVE stage

1:30 – 3:30
Authors Come in All Colors
WCC, Room 142
Featuring Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench

2:00 – 3:00
M.L. Malcolm (who wears fabulous hats) signing Heart of Lies

2:00 – 2:30
Daphne Kalotay at the LIVE stage

3:00 – 4:00
Ruth Kassinger signing Paradise Under Glass

3:00 – 4:00
Roy Blount, Jr (Hail, Hail, Euphoria!) at the LIVE stage

4:00 – 5:00
Roy Bloung, Jr. signing at the booth

Monday June 28
8:00 – 9:00
Auditorium Speaker Series
Dennis Lehane, Moonlight Mile

9:30 – 10:30
Dennis signing at the booth
(what can I say about Dennis Lehane that would convince the uninitiated? he’s awesome.)

10:30 – 12:00
Daphne Kalotay at First Author, First Book
WCC, 142

11:00 – 12:00
Marilyn Johnson signing at the booth

11:00 – 12:00
Dolen Perkins-Valdez signing at the booth

12:00 – 12:30
Dolen Perkins-Valdez at the LIVE stage

12:30 – 1:00
Marilyn Johnson at the LIVE stage