Promotions & Events TLA 2016 Events Guide

And now to Houston, TX! The BOT team is ever moving, and we’re thrilled to be bringing you the best in audio at TLA 2016. We’ve put together a guide so that you don’t miss out on great giveaways and events while you’re there. We’ll have plenty of goodies to hand out, including galleys, FREE audiobooks (see below for details!), CD samplers, and more! We can’t wait to see you there, from April 19-22!

GET YOUR FREE AUDIOBOOK: Stop by the BOT booth #1517 (Penguin Random House aisle) and sign-up or reconfirm your e-newsletter subscription to receive a FREE audiobook. We’re bringing some amazing titles from bestselling authors, like Carl Hiaasen, Cornelia Funke, Alexander McCall Smith, and more! Plus, you’ll automatically be entered into our raffle to win even more audiobooks to keep up with patron demand in 2016.


image of flyerBefore you attend the show, make sure to fill your shelves with some listens from our 2016 Texas Reading List titles! You can also download our flyer and order form of the titles as a printable PDF.

Living Language and #PoweredLibraries at TLA 2016

Living Language is excited to sponsor the launch party of TLA’s newest campaign, Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do on April 19, 2016 from 5:30-7:30. You can contribute to an interactive IDEAS POWERED WALL, enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes, receive giveaways, and more. Make sure to stop by!

LivLang_BOT_lightboxLiving Language and FREE Fodor’s Guide

Stop by the Living Language for libraries booth (next to BOT) and sign up for a short demo. We’re excited to show you why Living Language’s engaging and easy-to-use digital format is a great fit for libraries. Participants can select a Fodor’s guide from our booth. For more information about Living Language for libraries, please visit


Book Buzz: The New Books are Coming
Friday, April 22nd 8:00 am – 9:50 am
Representatives from several publishing houses will talk about forthcoming titles for adults. Find out what’s creating all the buzz in the literary world.


Book Signings

Come join us at Booth #1517 for various author book signings!

Books are free. One book per person.

All signings are taking place in the TLA Author Signing Area.


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Babymouse Goes For Gold
Full of Beans
Penny From Heaven
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Turtle in Paradise

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Unusual Chickens for the Unusual Poultry Farmer

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A Fine Dessert

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Anna and the Swallow Man

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Another Day
Boy Meets Boy
Every Day
The Full Spectrum
Two Boys Kissing 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beware That Girl
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
I Will Chomp You

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ninja Bunny

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Duck & Goose Anniversary Edition
Duck & Goose, Let’s Dance
R is for Rocket

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tell Me Three Things

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Denton Little’s Deathdate 

More exciting TLA Events

For a list of all the events and times, please check the TLA Event Guide.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Organizational Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving with Diversity and Inclusion (Ticketed)
1:00 – 4:30 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center
The facilitators of this highly interactive preconference will help guide attendees through a series of activities and discussions that connect the concepts of organizational resilience and diversity, equity, and inclusion within libraries. Through stories, case studies and research, we will learn how to harness the positive power of organizational diversity to move our libraries from surviving to thriving in our increasingly multicultural communities.

To find diverse audiobooks suggestions, visit

Explore Other Realms with Middle Grade Fantasy Authors
2:00 – 3:50 pm

Unlock the imagination with authors of middle grade fantasy! Come hear about their latest books and get the first glimpse into new and imagined worlds.
Including the following authors: Megan Frazer Blakemore and Aimee Carter, Bloomsbury Children’s Books; Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.; Brandon Mull, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Lin Oliver, Penguin Random House; and Liesl Shurtliff, Random House Children’s Books.

Hear Them First: Debut YA Authors – Chapter 1
2:00 – 3:50 pm
Who will be the next great YA author? Join debut authors as they discuss their experiences with YA fiction.
Including the following authors: Jan Gagsei, Disney-Hyperion; Heidi Heilig, HarperCollins Children’s Books; Estelle Laure, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Goldy Moldavsky, Point/Scholastic Inc.; Gavriel Savit, Random House Children’s Books; Stephanie Tromly, Kathy Dawson Books at Penguin Random House.

Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do
Exhibit Hall C
TLA President Susan Mann invites you to the launch of Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do , a public awareness campaign showcasing innovation and technology-centered work in today’s libraries. Contribute to an INTERACTIVE IDEAS POWERED WALL alongside award-winning illustrators, enter a raffle for a chance to win one of three prizes (including a Little Free Library), receive giveaways (while supplies last), and more.

Wednesday, April 20

General Session I with Levar Burton
8:30am – 10:00AM

Trends in Mental Illness in YA Literature
2:00 – 3:50 pm

Teens face a chaotic world today. A panel of authors will discuss real life issues centering on mental illness in YA literature. A business meeting precedes the program.
Including the following authors: Robin Cashman, Katy ISD; Emery Lord, Bloomsbury Children’s Books; Kat Helgeson and Hannah Moskowitz, Chronicle Books; Adam Silvera, Soho Teen; Tamara Ireland Stone, Disney-Hyperion; Teresa Toten, Random House Children’s Books; and Steve Watkins, Candlewick Press

Discover the Spirit of Texas Reading Program
2:00 – 3:50 pm
The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) Reading Program connects libraries with Texas authors and illustrators. Learn how to forge relationships to enhance programming and reading at your library. SPOT authors will discuss their works.
P.J. Hoover, Tor/Macmillan; Varian Johnson, Authur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc; Jennifer Mathieu, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Lee & Low; Sherry Thomas and Amy Tintera, HarperCollins Children’s Books; and Maya Van Wagenen, Penguin Random House.

Spanish Language Books: International Vendors and Publishers
4:00 – 5:20 pm
Vendors and publishers of Spanish language books will help librarians discover up-andcoming authors and illustrators.
Including the following authors: Pat Anderson, Overlooked Books; Edward Benitez, Random House; Luis Cancino, Elibro; Alex Correa, Lectorum Publications; Jenny Lizarraga, Cinco Book; and Adriana Mendez, FIL Guadalajara; and Fernando Trillas Salazar, Trillas Publishing.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks in Texas!
4:00 – 5:20 pm
Why aren’t more children’s books by authors of diverse backgrounds published? Can librarians help? Listen to an author, a librarian, and a representative of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to find out how we can help get books published whose authors reflect the children of Texas.
The panel includes the following representatives: Jason Low, Lee & Low Books; Isabel Quintero, Cinco Puntos Press; Jessica Russell, Harris County Public Library; and Cynthia Leitich Smith, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators / Candlewick Press.

To find diverse audiobooks suggestions, visit

RHCB Hoe Down & Cocktail Party
6:30 PM–
Hearsay Gastro Lounge | 218 Travis Street (713) 225-8078 |
Featuring Raymond Arroyo, Julie Buxbaum, Tad Hills, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Kelly Jones, David Levithan, Jennifer Gray Olson, Lance Rubin, Gavriel Savit, Liesl Shurtliff, and Teresa Toten.
The restaurant is a 12-minute walk from the hotel Event Format: This is a cocktail party with Texas Librarians! We will open the event with an informal, ice breaker author panel and then each category of authors (picture book, middle grade, and young adult) will move to a designated area in the venue where they can talk to librarians. The librarians will move from section to section after 15 minutes with each category of authors. A RHCB staffer will be at each station and will help to moderate a panel and/or conversation. As a participating author, we would like you to focus on process, inspiration, and the story behind the story – and then maybe a sneak peek at what is coming next. The last half hour of the party will be for mingling and impromptu author signings.


Thursday April 21st

The War Against Boys: What It Means for Libraries and Education
9:00 – 9:50 am
Based on the findings in The War Against Boys, the speaker explains ways that boys are disadvantaged by trends in the world of education today. From zero tolerance policies to a school setting where almost everyone in authority is a female, explore how libraries can be a starting place to help boys thrive

To find more audiobook selections geared towards boys, check out

Different Cultures Explored in YA Literature
10:00 -11:20 am

This YA author panel discusses the cultural diversity of their characters and its impact on the story and reader.
Including the following authors: Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Arte Público Press; Alan Gratz, Starscape, Tor Books; Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Random House Children’s Books; and Renee Watson, Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

To find diverse audiobooks suggestions, visit

Hear Them First: Debut YA Authors – Chapter 2
10:00 – 11:20 am

Who will be the next great YA author? Join debut authors as they discuss their experiences with YA fiction.
Including the following authors: Victoria Aveyard, HarperCollins Children’s Books; Julie Buxbaum, Random House Children’s Books; Traci Chee, Penguin Random House; Robin Epstein, Soho Teen; Christian McKay Heidicker and Laurent Linn, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; and Leah Thomas, Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Diversity In Action with Elementary Literature
10:00 – 11:50 am

Authors, illustrators, and librarians come together to share ideas and strategies for promoting diversity in children’s literature. This important topic brings together many library groups, and the session covers reading lists, book selections, and programs.
Including the following authors: Ty Burns, TyRB Library & Literature Services; Alex Gino, Scholastic Press / Scholastic Inc.; Rafael Lopez and Greg Neri, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; and Pat Mora, author.

To find diverse audiobooks suggestions, visit

Internet Resources for Spanish Language Collection Development
1:00 – 1:50 pm

This program focuses on free Internet resources available to help develop Spanish language collections. Resources include a book award list, blogs, and journal publications. Find out about non-profit organizations that can support your efforts to enhance your collection.

To find more information about language development in libraries, visit our Living Language site.

Fairy Tale Retellings in YA Literature
2:00 – 3:50 pm

A mashup of traditional and modern retellings: How do YA authors tweak fairy tales to create new and exciting stories for our modern readers? Several authors will answer that question and discuss their work.
Including the following authors: Liz Braswell, Disney-Hyperion; Samantha Mabry, Algonquin Young Readers; Lisa Maxwell, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Marissa Meyer, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Joy Preble, Soho Teen; and Liesl Shurtliff, Random House Children’s Books.

General Session II with Al Roker
4:00 – 5:30 pm

What do you get when combine your world class talents on meteorological reporting, suspenseful writing, and documenting historical events? A can’t-put down read on the Gulf Coast storm of 1900. Acclaimed NBC weatherman Al Roker’s latest book, The Storm of the Century, is a riveting look at history and the impact of one of the greatest natural disasters of all time. Roker is the author of several books – including a murder mystery series as well as a personal account of his own life and challenges with health issues. Roker provides a unique perspective on the news, weather, history, writing, and using all of one’s strengths and struggles to craft a meaningful life and work experience. Join him for a truly singular conference experience.


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