Barbara Hoffert’s ALA Galley and Signing Guide 2011

So many books, such little time on the show floor. That always seems to be the problem at the American Library Association annual conference, held this year June 23‚ 28, 2011, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Hence this guide, LJ‘s first ever, aimed at helping you get quickly through the maze and find the galleys and authors you want. Organized by booth number for easy steering, the guide includes all the galley/book giveaways from major publishers, sometimes starting with my top picks, sometimes divvied up by type, and sometimes including my additional comments.
Looking for Random’s top giveaways? I chose Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (Booth 1216). Want especially promising first fiction? Go to Hachette (1134) for Ayad Akhtar’s American Dervish, Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, and Kamala Nair’s The Girl in the Garden.
What publisher has the biggest galley grab? Penguin (1422), with 48 titles from big books (Geraldine Brooks’s Caleb’s Crossing) to thrillers (Sophie Hannah’s The Cradle in the Grave), mysteries (Gregory Murphy’s Incognito), memoir (Jeanne Darst’s Fiction Ruined My Family), and two personal favorites (Kathleen Kent’s The Traitor’s Wife and Luis Alberto Urrea’s Queen of America). And what does lavender have to do with the most-buzzed book at HarperCollins (1316), Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern?
Where feasible, I’ve indicated booth signings and other author events of interest (Author Stalkings)‚ I’m personally stalking Alice LaPlante (Turn of Mind) at Grove Atlantic (1248)‚ and special buzz sessions you’ll want to attend (Buzzz), featuring everything from Robert Trivers’s The Folly of Fools (Perseus, 1249) to Stella Duffy’s more heated Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore (Penguin, 1422). I didn’t have room to include every author event (for a summary, go to Authors & Celebrities in LJ‘s 6/1/11 conference coverage), but I am wrapping up with a reminder of ALTAFF’s excellent author programs. So grab the downloadable/printable PDF of this guide–just scroll down–and enjoy the conference.

Barbara Hoffert’s ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.