ALA MW 2020
Promotions & Events ALA Midwinter 2020: FREE audiobook signings & events with your favorite authors & narrators

We look forward to celebrating audiobooks, books, and libraries in Philadelphia from January 24-27! Stop by Penguin Random House Booth #1440 &1441 to find the newest titles in all formats, great giveaways, and exciting author and narrator signings. And be sure to mark your calendars for these events:

FREE PANEL: Listen Up! Tips for Growing Audiobook Circulation
Saturday, January 25 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-B

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Audiobook listening is on the rise. 50% of Americans age 12 and older have listened to an audiobook. How can your library take advantage of this boom? Hear from librarians and representatives from Books on Tape about best practices. You’ll walk away from this session with tools to help you promote audiobooks to your patrons. Featuring BOT Associate Marketing Director, Jennifer Rubins, BOT Sales Director, Sharon Parker, and librarian Magan Szwarek.

Refreshments will be served and the first 50 attendees will receive a FREE “Audiobooks Are Not Cheating” tote bag!

Roller Girl audiobook FREE PANEL: Recording Graphic Novel Audiobooks
Saturday, January 25 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall – PopTop Stage

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Creating an immersive recording of a visual graphic novel is an audiobook production challenge—learn how author Victoria Jamieson worked with Penguin Random House Audio producer Julianna Wilson to adapt her Newbery Honor Book ROLLER GIRL as an audiobook, narrated by a full cast with sound effects recorded at a live roller derby. Wilson and narrator Hillary Huber, who voices Grandmere in the recording of R.J. Palacio’s WHITE BIRD, will also discuss the recording process.

Signing to follow in the Penguin Random House Booth, 12-12:30.

FREE BUZZ: PRH Library Book Buzz Presentation
Sunday, January 26 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-B

Join the Library Marketing and BOT Team to receive ARCs, Tote Bags, Raffle Prizes, and a get a sneak peek at the books and audios sure to drive your holds lists. Mimosas and snacks will be served.
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FREE PANEL: Behind the Mic! Authors on Podcasting and Audiobooks
Sunday, January 26 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall – PopTop Stage

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Listening to podcasts and audiobooks are both growing among patrons—and authors Dani Shapiro (Inheritance, Family Secrets podcast), Gretchen Rubin (Outer Order, Inner Calm, Happier podcast), and Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit, How To podcast) know their way around a microphone. Audiobook producer Julie Wilson moderates a discussion on how their experience as authors and narrators inform their work and translate to both audio mediums.

Signing to follow in the Penguin Random House Booth, 1-1:30.

UFL ALA MW event TICKETED EVENT: United for Libraries Author Tea
Sunday, January 26 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Link to event

Event Code: UNI2

Ticket pricing:
ALA Member: $60 – Other Member: $60 – Non-Member: $60 – United for Libraries Member: $55

Bestselling authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. This session will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. Tea and light refreshments will be served and a book signing will follow. This event is sponsored by ReferencesUSA.

Click here to visit Penguin Random House Library’s complete ALA Midwinter schedule.