We’re Headed to ALA Annual 2024!

By Rachel Tran | June 6 2024 | EventsConferences & FestivalsGeneral

Penguin Random House Library Marketing is headed to San Diego, CA! Join us for author events, book buzzes, galley giveaways, and stop by Booth #1723 during ALA Annual 2024!

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HEADLINER AUTHOR EVENTS


Trevor Noah
INTO THE UNCUT GRASS
Opening General Session

Friday, June 28th • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM • SDCC, Ballroom 20

Learn More Here.


The Second Annual Rally for the Right to Read Featuring
Hanif Abdurraqib
THERE’S ALWAYS THIS YEAR

Join us to honor the courage and resilience of America’s librarians and their persevering work to protect the freedom to read, featuring Keynote Speaker
Hanif Abdurraqib.

Friday, June 28th • 7:00 pm • Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire BR ABEF

Learn More Here.


Jay Ellis
DID EVERYONE HAVE AN IMAGINARY FRIEND (OR JUST ME)?
Core President’s Program

Saturday, June 29th • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM • SDCC, Room 23 A B C


Amanda Peters
THE BERRY PICKERS
2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Award Ceremony and Reception

Join us as we celebrate the winners of the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction during a special event in the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Public Library. The event will feature a special keynote address from poet Richard Blanco and speeches from winning authors, including Amanda Peters, author of THE BERRY PICKERS. The award ceremony will be followed by a book signing and a light reception. These awards are cosponsored by Booklist and RUSA and supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year’s event is sponsored by NoveList. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

Saturday, June 29th • 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM • Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Public Library
*Ticketed Event


JOIN US FOR OUR BOOK BUZZ

Join the Library Marketing Team to receive ARCs and a sneak peek of upcoming releases sure to drive your holds list. Attendees will receive ARCs, Tote Bags, and Swag. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, June 30 • 11:30am – 12:30pm • Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 01

RSVP Here.

Stick around for our Penguin Random House Publisher Services Small Press Book Buzz! Join for highlights, swag, and ARCS from some of our distribution partners Steerforth, Soho, Other Press, Astra House, and more!

Sunday, June 30 • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm • Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 01

RSVP Here.


MEET THE AUTHORS

We have so many incredible authors attending ALA Annual this year, including Rumaan Alam, Jane Pek, Edward Burns, Chris Whitaker, and more!


Friday, June 28th

Trevor Noah
INTO THE UNCUT GRASS
Opening General Session

Friday, June 28th
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
SDCC, Ballroom 20

David F. Walker
BIG JIM AND THE WHITE BOY
Friday, June 28th
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Penguin Young Readers & Random House Children’s Graphic Novel Signing Station

Hanif Abdurraqib
THERE’S ALWAYS THIS YEAR
Second Annual Rally for the Right to Read

Friday, June 28th
Reception 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Program 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire BR ABEF


Saturday, June 29th

Del Sandeen
THIS CURSED HOUSE
UFL First Author, First Book Panel
Saturday, June 29th
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
SDCC, Room 24 C

Ruta Sepetys
THE BLETCHLEY RIDDLE
Saturday, June 29th
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Playaway Booth Signing #1631

Edward Burns
A KID FROM MARLBORO ROAD
Saturday, June 29th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PRH Booth Signing, Table 2

Lynne Kelly
A SECRET LANGUAGE OF BIRDS
Saturday, June 29th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Hoopla Booth Signing #1151

Ann Rose
THE SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE LOVE LIFE OF AMANDA DEAN
UFL Love Stories Panel
Saturday, June 29th
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SDCC, Room 24 C

Ellie Peterson
A GEODUCK IS NOT A DUCK
Saturday, June 29th
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
PRH Booth Signing, Table TBA

Jay Ellis
DID EVERYONE HAVE AN IMAGINARY FRIEND (OR JUST ME)?
Core President’s Program
Saturday, June 29th
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
SDCC, Room 23 A B C

Wright Thompson
THE BARN
UFL Reads Like Fiction: Nonfiction You Can’t Put Down
Saturday, June 29th
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
SDCC, Room 24 C

Maureen Kilmer
NIGHTMARE OF A TRIP
UFL The Laugh’s On Us Panel
Saturday, June 29th
5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor BR A-C
*Ticketed Event

Amanda Peters
THE BERRY PICKERS
2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Award Ceremony and Reception
Saturday, June 29th
7:00 PM — 10:00 PM
Location TBA
*Ticketed Event


Sunday, June 30th

David F. Walker
BIG JIM AND THE WHITE BOY
Graphic Novel Committee Round Table: Comic Challenges
Sunday, June 30th
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SDCC, Room 09

Laurie R. King
THE LANTERN’S DANCE
and
Nicholas Meyer
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE TELEGRAM FROM HELL

Writing Sherlock Holmes into the Twenty-First Century
Sunday, June 30th
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront, Indigo Ballroom G H

Jane Pek
THE RIVALS
Sunday, June 30th
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
PRH Booth Signing, Table 2

M. T. Anderson
NICKED
Sunday, June 30th
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
PRH Booth Signing, Table 2

Jane Pek
THE RIVALS
UFL Thrills & Chills Author Panel
Sunday, June 30th
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SDCC, Room 24C

Laurie King
THE LANTERN’S DANCE
Sunday, June 30th
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
PRH Booth Signing, Table 2


Monday, July 1st

Rumaan Alam
ENTITLEMENT
ALMA & LibraryReads “Your Morning is Booked” Author Panel
Monday, July 1st
8:30 AM — 10:00 AM
SCDD, Room 32 A-B

Chris Whitaker
ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK
United for Libraries Gala Author Tea
Monday, July 1st
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor BR A-C
*Ticketed Event


SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, June 29th

Schneider Family Book Awards – 20th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Kelly Gildea & Julie Wilson, the Audio Producers of
WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED.

Saturday, June 29th • 2:00 PM • Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom Section 8


 Sunday, June 30th

Faulkner: The Past Never Dies

An ALA Film Program

Get ready to embark on a cinematic experience that will transport you into the enigmatic world of one of literature’s most celebrated titans—William Faulkner.

Penguin Random House is proud to present an exclusive, one-time ALA screening of  “Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead”, the first feature-length documentary to peel back the layers of this Nobel Prize winner’s nuanced legacy.

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, this film weaves together the intricate tapestry of Faulkner’s life, his groundbreaking works, and his indelible impact on today’s conversation about race.   Critics and audiences alike have hailed the film as a triumphant masterpiece, a powerful and audacious exploration of one of the most influential voices in American literature.

Immediately following the screening, Tyson Koenig, special collections librarian from Southeast Missouri State University and filmmaker Anita Modak-Truran will share insights and anecdotes about making the film and the important role librarians play in documentary filmmaking. Free swag provided.

Sunday, June 30th • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM • SDCC, Room 22


The Battle for the First Amendment: Why You Can’t Afford to Remain Neutral

Organizations like the Freedom to Read Foundation help libraries and librarians educate themselves and their community about how the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to read, think and write. No one can remain passive in the face of these attacks on the freedom of speech; not publishers, authors, librarians, or our patrons.

Sunday, June 30th • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM • SDCC, Room 3


Panel: Digital Audio Books and Library Market

Featuring Amanda D’Acierno, President & Publisher at
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Sunday, June 30th • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM • SDCC, Room 6F


The 2024 Odyssey Awards

Celebrate the spoken word at the 2024 Odyssey Award Presentation and Reception. The ceremony will feature samplings from the 2024 winners: EL DEAFO, the Odyssey winner for children produced by Matie Argiropoulos, and MEXIKID, the Odyssey Honor produced by Diane McKiernan and Olivia Langen, among others. The Odyssey Award is presented annually to the best audiobook production for youth and co-administered by YALSA and ALSC and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

Monday, July 1st • 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM • Marriott Marquis, Pacific Ballroom Section 18