Penguin Group (USA) authors shined brighter than the lights of Las Vegas at the recent American Library Association annual conference. Librarians happily stood on line to greet both returning favorites and debut authors, including Jean Kwok (Mambo in Chinatown), Josh Hanagarne (The World’s Strongest Librarian), Laura Lane McNeal (Dollbaby), Shari Shattuck (Invisible Ellen), Elizabeth Little (Dear Daughter), Penelope Douglas (Rival), Shaunta Grimes (Rebel Nation), Julie Lawson Timmer (Five Days Left), Daniel J. Brown (The Boys in the Boat), Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), and Eric Kaplan (Does Santa Exist), Sue Ann Jaffarian (Ghost of a Gamble), Elaine Viets (Catnapped), and Isabella Allen (Murder, Simply Stitched).
The frenzy for galleys added to the upbeat atmosphere, with the librarians leaving the booth with coveted titles such as Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life
and Liana Moriarty’s Big Little Lies
Author appearance highlights:
Jane McGonigal (Reality is Broken
) opened the conference, speaking to enthusiastic librarians about her theories of gaming. Azar Nafisi (The Republic of Imagination
) was one of several authors in the ALA auditorium speaker series, sharing her ideas on literacy and signing copies of her new book.
Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel
author Anya Ulinich had a busy time at ALA; she signed books at the Penguin booth, appeared on the Graphic Novel Gaming stage, where she spoke to librarians about her novel, and played on the winning author panel in the AAP Librarian Family Feud.
Julie Lawson Timmer spoke to a packed room at the United for Libraries Book Club Choices for librarians Panel, and Penelope Douglas was the darling of the United for Libraries Isn’t It Romantic panel.
In addition to her booth signing, Jean Kwok shared her life story at the United for Libraries Gala author tea, leaving not a dry eye among the 300 librarians that attended. Daniel J. Brown and Christopher Buehlman (The Necromancer’s House, The Lesser Dead
) spoke and signed copies of their books at the RUSA Literary Tastes breakfast, giving them the opportunity to thank the librarians that nominated their books for the RUSA Reading and ALA Notable Lists for 2014. “Professor” Eric Kaplan hilariously took librarians to philosophy school when he appeared on the United for Libraries The Laugh’s on Us Humor Panel.
author Philippe Petit closed the conference, mesmerizing librarians with a brilliant performance including card tricks, slight of hand, and audience participation with a plastic fork, followed by a book signing.