Audiobooks at ALA Annual
Posted by: Mary Burkey
Narrators, autographs, FREE audios - #JIAM2012 June is Audiobook Month at the American Library Association’s Annual Convention in Anaheim. If you are attending, add these terrific FREE events to your calendar!
SUNDAY June 24, 1:00pm – 4:00pm PopTop Stage, located at the end of the 2700 aisle on the Exhibit Floor.
Audio Publishers Association hosts “Get Caught Listening!”
Featured will be the various aspects of audiobooks with a mix of authors, voice talent and actors. The APA consists of audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks. Drop by these FREE sessions:
1:00pm Ramon de Ocampo narrator of the Wimpy Kid series and award-winning Producer Bob Deyan, Recorded Books
1:20pm Maggie Stiefvater, Steve West & Fiona Hardingham, author and narrators of 2012 Odyssey Honor, Scorpio Races, Scholastic Audio
1:40pm Nancy Cartwight, voice of Bart Simpson, and Travis Oates, voice of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Piglet, performing radio theater “Stories from the Golden Age”, Galaxy Press
2:20pm Trent Reedy and Ariana Delawari, author and narrator, Words in the Dust, Scholastic Audio
2:40pm Director of Audio Production, Dan Zitt and narrator Kathe Mazur to discuss the art of audiobook-making, Random House Audio/BOT
3:20pm Jennifer Bradshaw and Antony Ferguson, reading from a collection of short stories and The Missing of the Somme, AudioGo
3:40pm David Cochran Heath will be selections from reading from the Bible, Christian Audio
MONDAY June 25, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213D. Cocktail Reception to Follow. The Sweet Sounds of the Odyssey Ceremony – FREE to attend!
The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. Stepping out from behind the recording booth, your favorite narrators perform a piece from their Odyssey Award-winning audiobooks at this engaging presentation. Celebrating the magic of audio and storytelling has never been so much fun.
PLUS, every attendee walks away with a FREE signed audio!
Come and celebrate the best in children’s and young adult listening: the winner & honor titles of the 2011 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The Odyssey committee, comprised of both ALSC and YALSA members, collaborate to name one winner and honor titles as the most distinguished examples of sound literature, for listeners ages birth through eighteen.
The 2011 Odyssey winner is Rotters,written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne, and produced by Odyssey-winner Listening Library. Mesmerizing, horrifying, yet grounded in solid reality – Rotters is utterly amazing. You can read my starred review of Rotters here, and my “Talking With” interview with Dan Kraus about his reactions to revisiting his work as an audio production. I also had the privilege of interviewing Kelly Gildea, executive producer of Rotters for this Booklist feature.
There are four 2011 Odyssey Honor titles:
Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.
Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library.
The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand & Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Audiobooks.
Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library.
Can’t wait to see & hear the amazing people behind these wonderful productions. Hope to meet you there!