Join the celebrations throughout the conference. For the ticketed events, you can sign up when you register for the conference, or add the event(s) later.
Michael L. Printz Program
Come listen to the 2017 Michael L. Printz award-winning authors, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, and honor book authors, Louise O’Neill , Julie Berry, Neal Shusterman, and Nicola Yoon speak about their writing, followed by a reception. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by Booklist magazine. Get details and add to your schedule.
Margaret A. Edwards Brunch
Come join us for brunch and listen to the winner of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award speak about their writing. The award honors their significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. Get details and add to your schedule.
Andrew Carnegie Medals
Matthew Desmond and Colson Whitehead, authors of the winning titles of the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, will join Annual Conference attendees at the celebratory event on Saturday, June 24th, 8:00-10:00pm, at the Chicago Hilton. This year’s featured speaker will be Sara Paretsky, author of the bestselling “V.I. Warshawski” mystery series and one of only five living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association.
Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad won the fiction medal, and Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City won the nonfiction medal; both authors will be in attendance to accept their awards. A conference highlight now in its sixth year, this popular Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence event includes the program hosted by the current selection committee chair, Donna Seaman, and a lively dessert and drinks reception where attendees mingle with winning authors, speakers, colleagues, ALA leaders and book lovers alike.
Tickets for the celebration are available at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website when you register for the conference or may be added later. You can also purchase a table for 10 to enjoy the exciting evening with chosen friends and colleagues—get details about table reservations here. This event is sponsored by NoveList. Get details and add to your schedule.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards winners are celebrated at the annual Sunday breakfast honoring the year's best African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth. The Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Acheivement recipient will also be honored. Individual tickets or table reservations may be purchased in advance. Get details and add to your schedule.
Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder Medals
ALSC honors the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder medals for outstanding writing and illustration in children's literature during its gala awards banquet on Sunday evening. The gala will be attended by more than 1,000 librarians, reviewers, publishers and fans of children's literature. You can sign up for individual, open-seating tickets when you register for the conference - or add them later. Reserved table reservations (seats of 10) are made through the ALSC office--please visit www.ala.org/alscevents for details. Get details and add to your schedule.
Stonewall Book Awards
The Stonewall Book Awards are celebrated on Monday, beginning at 10:00am. The Stonewall Book Awards are the oldest awards honoring the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender writing. You can join the GLBT Round Table for free as it recognizes the winners and honorees in fiction, non-fiction, and children's and young adult categories. Get details and add to your schedule.
Odyssey Award Program
Join ALSC, YALSA, and Booklist in celebrating the year's best in audiobooks for children and young adults on Monday afternoon. Hear clips from the 2017 Honorees. After the ceremony stay for the cocktail reception, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Get details and add to your schedule.