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ALA Annual

The end of this week brings Annual in DC and I’ll be there for the duration. I’ll be signing at the National Geographic  booth Saturday 2-3. Please come by. I’ll also be lurking around the Candlewick booth from Sunday on, where they will have ARCs of A Family of Readers — the new guide to literature for children and Young Adults by the Horn Book’s editors, which I worked on, and Pick-Up Game, a basketball-oriented YA anthology that Charles Smith and I edited; Clarion also has ARCs of Sugar Changed the World, which Marina and I wrote. With all of these almost-ready-for-the-world projects, Annual feels hopeful — like a state fair where you have an excited sense of what the fall harvest will bring.

Midwinter of course brought the BBYA disaster — and it is now officially Best Fiction for Young Adults. I am not aware of any similar blockbuster changes this time — other than the ongoing discussion of changing ALSC ages. But if any of you are aware of similar surprises lurking, let us all know. Being down in DC, I’m hoping to slip off to the National Archives and Records Administration — in College Park, MD — for some photo research, and the National Folklife Festival will be on the mall, Between the Festival, any books they pick up, and the fun of being in a hotel, I think my boys should be entertained for the weekend while they are there.

Any of you who come to this blog — if you have events, signings, ARCs, planned for DC — please let us all know, let’s all celebrate nonfiction together.


  1. Hi Marc,

    I hope you have a great time at ALA. Wish I could be there but my sales people are attending instead. Thanks for the invitation to share ALA plans.

    We’ve got a new nonfiction company, Amicus, worth taking a look at–and we’ll have advance copies of all our fall books. Amicus Readers, grade 1, plus a wide variety of elementary and middle school titles as well. Booth #2964.


  2. Marc Aronson says:

    sure thing, will swing by