ALA Midwinter 2021

Though ALA Midwinter may look different this year, we are so excited to be able to connect with you virtually! See below for more information about what’s going on with Penguin Random House Library Marketing at ALA Midwinter 2021.

Featured Speakers:


Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (Four Hundred Souls)
Opening Session Speakers
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT

Max Brooks (Minecraft: the Mountain)
Featured Speaker, Graphic Novel & Gaming Stage
Friday, January 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CT

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Julie Tanous (Food Between Friends)
Featured Speaker, What’s Cooking at ALA Stage
Friday, January 22, 2021 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CT

Adam Grant (Think Again) in conversation with Harlan Coben
Featured Speaker, Tech Talk Stage
Friday, January 22, 2021 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM CT

Ethan Hawke (A Bright Ray of Darkness)
Featured Speaker
Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Dr. V.P. Franklin (The Young Crusaders)
Keynote Speaker, 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration
Monday, January 25, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT

Watch the livestream here.

Featured Speaker Covers

Click here to request eGalleys of these titles on Edelweiss.

Visit our ALA Midwinter Virtual Bookshelf

Visit our interactive virtual bookshelf, where you can check out recorded book buzzes, eGalleys, exclusive downloadables, and more.








Click here to access our virtual bookshelf.

Penguin Random House Library Marketing and Booklist Cocktails & Conversations Event

Pour your drink of choice and join Penguin Random House Library Marketing along with Booklist‘s Donna Seaman for Cocktails & Conversations featuring Isabel Allende, Clay McLeod Chapman, Jasmine Mans, Maggie Shipstead, and JoAnne Tompkins in conversation with their editors and publicists! Watch the full video or select below to view the conversation of your choosing.

Watch the conversation with Isabel Allende and request The Soul of A Woman on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Watch the conversation with Clay McLeod Chapman and request Whisper Down the Lane on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Watch the conversation with Jasmine Mans and request Black Girl, Call Home on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Watch the conversation with Maggie Shipstead and request Great Circle on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Watch the conversation with JoAnne Tompkins and request What Comes After on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Click here to view the full collection of these eGalleys on Edelweiss.

Author Adriana Trigiani Presents Debut Authors Panel

Watch a moderated conversation with Adriana Trigiani featuring debut authors Sanjena Sathian, Stacey Swann, and Pip Williams. They discuss the highs of their debut year, inspiration for their work, and the role of libraries in their writing journeys.


Click here to request eGalleys of these titles on Edelweiss.

Genre Swap with Paula McLain and Lisa Scottoline

Bestselling authors Paula McLain and Lisa Scottoline discuss their experiences writing both historical and suspense fiction. Watch their conversation moderated by Penguin Random House Library Marketing’s own Jen Rubins, and learn more about their forthcoming titles below.


When the Stars Go DarkEternal Cover

Request an eGalley of When the Stars Go Dark on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Request an eGalley of Eternal on Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Cooking with America’s Test Kitchen Kids:
Molly Birnbaum

Watch a cooking demonstration with author Molly Birnbaum from The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs.


America's Test Kitchen

Click here to view interior spreads and learn more.

Watch Our Midwinter 2021 Spring Staff Picks Book Buzz

Watch the Penguin Random House team highlight a sampling of exciting Spring 2021 titles!

Want more content? Visit our YouTube channel to check out Meet Our Author videos, watch past episodes of our Morning Book Buzz, and much more!

Featured eGalley Giveaways:

View a curated list of some of the books we’re most excited about for ALA Midwinter—as featured in Library Journal’s Midwinter Galley Guide.

Click to view the collection on Edelweiss.

Awards Ceremonies


RUSA BOOK AND MEDIA AWARDSReference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs)

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced during this virtual Ceremony. As always, RUSA will unveil the winners of the Notable Books, Reading List, and Listen List selections, the Dartmouth Medal, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, and the best in reference sources for adults. Hear how committee members went through the arduous task of going through 100s of books to determine the very best.

Everyone is invited to attend for this complimentary virtual event! The password to enter is booklist.

event, will take place online on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 3-4pm CST. Everyone is invited to attend for this complimentary virtual event. Register Now!


ALA Youth Media Awards LogoThe ALA Youth Media Awards

The 2021 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT  during the ALA Midwinter and Exhibits virtual conference. Libraries, schools, and book lovers worldwide are welcome to follow results by visiting ALA’s streaming platform at, or ALA’s social media channels.

Click to learn more about the ALA Youth and Media Awards.

The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation 

The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation is an annual award that recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers.

The award, established in 2019, is open to public, school, and academic libraries. The Penguin Random House Foundation sponsors the $10,000 cash prize given to a library. The jury will award four runner-ups $1,000 in Penguin Random House books to eligible libraries.

Review Selection Criteria and to Submit Your Online Application by FEBRUARY 1, 2021.

Click to Learn More and Apply.

Featured Resources for Book Clubs


Book Club Brochure

Make the most of your book club’s meetings with our resources for book clubs, including:

Book Club Brochures
Our Book Club Brochures include recommended titles for all kinds of readers, include sample discussion questions and summaries.

Diverse Voices Brochure
Our Diverse Voices brochure features books that will spark conversation, raise awareness, and encourage empathy.

Book Club Kits
Browse our downloadable Book Club Kits to find more discussion questions, author Q&As, recipes, playlists, and more.

NEW!! Spanish-Language Book Club Kits
We are very excited to offer Spanish-Language Book Club Kits and Discussion Guides for your Spanish-Language readers.

Audiobook Resources

To listen to audiobook clips, discover narrator news, and curated listening collections, visit:


With Meet the Voice, Penguin Random House Audio puts the spotlight on its narrators through one-on-one discussions with audiobook producers. The narrators talk about their careers, what it’s like inside and outside of the recording booth, and some of their recent narrations.

Meet the Voice

Already Announced! YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2021


We are thrilled to celebrate our 31 winning BOT titles, including 28 Listening Library recordings and 2 adult audiobooks.

See our list of winning audiobooks.

See the full list and committee comments here.

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