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Author: Amanda Margis

ALA 2013: Odyssey Award Presentation

odyssey award sealEvery time I attend ALA there is one event that sticks out from all the other amazing happenings and goings-on. Three years ago it was the Newbery-Caldecott Awards Banquet. And although it can’t match that event in pomp, the 2013 Odyssey Award Presentation will prove just as memorable.

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook for young and adults and children that’s available in English. Each year a selection committee made up of YALSA and ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) members chose a winner along with honor titles they feel are deserving of being named as the best in audiobooks. The Odyssey Award presentation is a chance for the Odyssey Award Committee to present the winner and the honor recipients with their awards and to allow the narrators being honored an opportunity to speak and the audience a chance to hear a selection of the honored audiobooks.

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ALA 2013: YALSA YA Author Coffee Klatch

2013 YA Author Coffee Klatch via YALSA's Facebook Page
2013 YA Author Coffee Klatch via YALSA’s Facebook Page

Although ALA 2013 wasn’t my first ALA Annual Conference, I missed out on attending YALSA’s YA Author Coffee Klatch the first time around and I wasn’t making that mistake again.

The YA Author Coffee Klatch is a unique session at ALA, where, for an additional paid ticket, conference attendees can meet and connect with YA authors, from new writers to industry superstars whose books appear on YALSA’s selection lists or awards. Around four to seven attendees sit at a table, and every few minutes authors rotate to visit the tables and chat books and writing and sometimes pass out goodies. Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing authors that visited my table.

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