Promotions & Events ALA Midwinter 2016 Event Guide: Don’t miss the BOT Book Buzz, and our biggest giveaway yet!

Boston, here we come! The BOT team is thrilled to bring you the best in audio at ALA Midwinter 2016. Here’s your guide to catching some awesome audiobook goodies and galley giveaways—plus, plenty of Penguin Random House events. We’ll have great freebies like Star Wars CD samplers and posters (perfect for Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans), buttons, 2016 desk calendars, and much more! We hope to see you there, from January 8-12!

Our BIGGEST ALA GIVEAWAY yet: stop by the BOT booth in Aisle 1831 (Penguin Random House) and sign-up or reconfirm your e-newsletter subscription to receive a FREE audiobook. We’re bringing bestselling titles from some of the biggest authors like Janet Evanovich, Linda Fairstein, Robert B. Parker, and more. Plus, you will automatically be entered into our raffle to win even more audiobooks to keep up with patron demand in 2016.

RHA-89-1280x1280Mark your calendars, ALA attendees! The BOT Fresh Audiobook Picks buzz is back and fresher than ever. Join us for FREE breakfast and a FREE audiobook while hearing about the latest productions on both our BOT & Listening Library lists. And yes, there will be fruit hats!

Sunday, January 10th, 9 – 10 am
Westin Commonwealth A & B

Featuring: Dan Zitt, VP of Content Production, and the BOT Marketing Team (Cheryl, Jodie, and Jen)
Two book buzzes are better than one!
Following our BOT Buzz on Sunday is the Penguin Random House Library Marketing Book Buzz in the same room, Westin Commonwealth A & B: 10:30 am – 11:30 am.

Children’s librarians, hear more about big upcoming kids titles at these book buzzes:

Saturday January 9

Penguin Young Readers Book Buzz
9:30 – 10:15 am
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Book Buzz Theater

Random House Children’s Book Buzz
3:30 – 4:15 pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 102B

Grab a galley!

We’ll have limited copies of the following titles. Share these new releases with your patrons:


More not-to-be-missed ALA Midwinter events!

Friday, January 8
Outstanding International Books Presentation: Ruta Sepetys “Lost At Sea: Artifact or Fiction” (USBBY)
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 106
Following the 2016 Outstanding International Books announcement, Ruta Sepetys will be speaking about her forthcoming book, SALT TO THE SEA, set in 1945 as World War II is drawing to a close and inspired by the real-life events related to the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the largest shipwreck in history.

Sunday, January 10

We Need Diverse Books
11:00 – 11:50 am
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, PopTop Stage

Panelists Kody Keplinger, Malinda Lo, Adam Silvera, Heidi Heilig, Marieke Nijkamp—exciting debuts to established NYT-bestselling authors—are all committed to diversifying library shelves, one book at a time. After a discussion on how their books add to the diversity of children’s literature, the authors will discuss how best to introduce LGBTQIA+ and disabled characters to library patrons. To find diverse audiobooks suggestions, visit

ALA President’s Program featuring Cory Booker

3:30 – 5:30 PM

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Ballroom West
Prepare to be inspired when rising United States Senator Cory Booker joins President Sari Feldman as speaker on the President’s Program, in partnership with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Senator Booker is deeply connected to the people he serves and to their daily challenges, and makes the case through his work and in his forthcoming book UNITED that connection and compassion must guide our nation toward a brighter future.

Monday, January 11

Closing Speaker: Chelsea Clinton

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room Ballroom
“We have a saying in my family — it’s always better to get caught trying (rather than not try at all). I hope we can all get caught trying,” says Chelsea Clinton in a letter to readers on the website for her new book, IT’S YOUR WORLD. Clinton will close out the conference speaking with executive editor Jill Santopolo about writing a book that addresses the biggest challenges facing us today, offers ideas for immediate action, and inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.

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