Readers familiar with my blog will know that I'm not one to request many books for review; they come with the pressure of reading on a deadline and ensuring a review is written. And, honestly, there are so many books being published that I kind of want to wait and read reviews prior to my decision of whether or not to read certain books. As you can see from my photos and list below, the publishing representatives at ALA Midwinter were difficult to resist. The vast majority of these books I was either handed while walking down the aisles, or else received from attending a panel.
I had the opportunity to attend a few fantastic panels on my visit. Diverse Debuts was moderated by author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and debut authors in attendance included Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things), I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Fonda Lee (Zeroboxer), Miranda Paul (One Plastic Bag), Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not), Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), and Francesca Zappia (Made You Up). In a lively discussion, the authors spoke about books that acted as mirrors and windows for them growing up, and also about the importance of the #weneeddiversebooks campaign.
I also attended the erroneously labeled Science Fiction Panel (all the authors in attendance are fantasy writers). In attendance were Jacqueline Carey (promoting her latest book in the Agents of Hel trilogy), Chloe Neill (promoting her latest book in the Chicagoland Vampires series), and Elizabeth Blackwell (While Beauty Slept). The authors mainly talked about their writing experiences and why they chose to write fantasy novels.
The final panel I attended was Children's Buzz for Spring 2015 titles from HarperCollins, Macmillan Children's, Bloomsbury Children's, and Disney-Hyperion. It was definitely on the more promotional side, but it also helped me get excited for some upcoming titles, and swayed me enough that straight afterward I went to track down a copy of Bone Gap.
Other than that, I spent a lot of time wandering the exhibits and examining my new books. Speaking of books, though, here are some pictures and details of what I received.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (2/5/2015)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (2/10/2015)
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (2/10/2015)
Prairie Fire by E.K. Johnston (3/1/2015)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (3/3/2015)
Dark Debt by Chloe Neill (3/3/2015)
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose (3/10/2015)
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (4/7/2015)
Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (4/8/2015)
An Ember in the Ashes by Saba Tahir (4/28/2015)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (5/12/2015)
Made You Up by Francesca Zappa (5/19/2015)
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (6/2/2015)
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano (9/1/2015)
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (9/1/2015)
Previously Published Books
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
|YA ARCs (along with a finished copy of Red Queen and a super cute tote!)|
My one resolution for the next ALA conference I attend is that I hope to attend panels and participate in discussions outside of the exhibit hall. The commercial/marketing aspect was still fun, but I missed out on professional development opportunities. Oh well: next time!