I'm Interested in Authors and Artists

Let's be honest, sometimes you just want to hear authors talk about books. Or filmmakers talk about films. Or artists talk about their art. Got it. Check out these sessions.

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Margaret A. Edwards Brunch [$ - Ticketed Event]
Saturday 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Come join us for brunch and listen to the winner of the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award speak about their writing. The award honors their significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. 

Graphic Novels in Library Month
Saturday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Join Booklist Books for Youth's Sarah Hunter to help kick off Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Library Month. This Graphic Novel panel will be chock-full of illustrious comics, artists and authors. 

FMRT presents a Conversation with Filmmakers Now Showing @ALA
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Join the Film and Media Round Table (FMRT) for a conversation with documentary filmmakers Tracy Heather Strain (LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED HANDS/FEELING HEART), and Dawn Lodgson, and Lucie Faulkner (FREE FOR ALL: INSIDE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY). 

Agency, Consent, and Power in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Saturday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy has always held a mirror up to nature and continues to explore themes that resonate in contemporary society. Join a panel of popular genre authors talking about how their work is informed by and informs discussion on the topics of agency, consent, and power in the real world and in the worlds of their own creation.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception [$ - Ticketed Event]
Saturday 6:00PM - 8:00PM
In its eighth year, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are hand-picked by our expert selection committee of librarians, independent booksellers and editors that work closely with adult readers. Join us for this celebratory event with a featured speaker and a chance to mingle with the winning authors during the dessert and cash bar reception. 


Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast [$ - Ticketed Event]
Sunday 7:00AM - 10:00AM
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast celebrates the Winner and Honor recipients during ALA's Annual Conference. Join some of the leading authors and illustrators of quality children's books depicting the African American experience. 

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year [$ - Ticketed Event]
Sunday 8:00AM - 10:00AM
Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year's best authors from RUSA book and media award winners and Best of Lists Authors. 

In Real Life: Must-Read Memoirs
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
A panel of authors will discuss their forthcoming memoirs. A book signing will follow.

YA Author Coffee Klatch [$ - Ticketed Event]
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA's award winning authors! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA's six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA's five literary awards.

The Urgency of History: How Librarians Prepare Kids for Their Times
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Drawing on personal experience, award-winning authors discuss the complex, often controversial process of unpacking and presenting history in fiction and nonfiction. Drawing on work in school and public libraries, they offer librarians tested, easy-to-replicate ideas to excite kids about their connection to history and propel them to write untold stories. 

The Alex Awards
Sunday 10:30AM - 12:00NOON
The 2019 Alex Award winners--what they are and how to sell them to young adults--are highlighted in this panel presentation. Listen to winning authors speak about their writing and stay to get signed copies of their books. 

GNCRT President's Program - State of the Comics Union: Past, Present, and Future
Sunday 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Comics are now broadly accepted and celebrated. In the newly established Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable’s first President’s program, we invite innovative, stellar creators to discuss from their perspective how the format has changed. We will discuss how libraries and librarians have influenced their work and where they see room for growth as we enter the next decade.

An Evening of Avant-Garde History: Brigid Maher Discusses Her Upcoming Project: Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story
Sunday 6:00PM - 10:00PM
The Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) Gala in Washington, DC, will focus on the history of American Experimental Cinema. Brigid Maher, the Program Director at American University’s School of Communications Film Department is currently producing and directing a film on the life and times of one of the pioneers in the field of Avant-Garde cinema in this country, Sally Dixon. Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story considers the unique path this woman took to claiming a space to display and promote the work of the American Avant-Garde filmmakers. 

2019 Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Banquet [$ - Ticketed Event]
Sunday 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Join us for this gala occasion celebrating Newbery, Caldecott and Children's Literature Legacy medalists and honorees, authors and illustrators of the year's most distinguished books for children! 


Author in Focus: Why James Baldwin Always Matters presented by the National Book Foundation
Monday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Join the National Book Foundation for its new Author in Focus program featuring the work of James Baldwin, a four-time National Book Award nominee. The Foundation will be joined by two dynamic authors as they help to answer the question of why James Baldwin's work has, does, and will always matter.

ALSC Charlemae Rollins Presidents Program: Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature, and Art
Monday 1:00PM - 2:30PM
This high energy presentation examines activism and social change through multiple lenses: first from two scholarly leaders, Dr. Nicole Cooke from Library & Information Science, and Dr. Janina Fariñas from Pediatric Neuropsychology, then from acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Yuyi Morales, and finally, from Dr. Karin Perry’s sketchnoting that will document this dynamic event.

Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA [$ - Ticketed Event]
Monday 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Bestselling authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. 

Odyssey Award Presentation and Program
Monday 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Celebrate the spoken word at the 2019 Odyssey Award Presentation featuring clips from the 2019 winners. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook production for youth. 

Booklist and YALSA Present: The 2019 Michael L. Printz Awards [$ - Ticketed Event]
Monday 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Come listen to the 2019 Michael L. Printz award-winning author and honor book authors speak about their writing, followed by a reception.