ERT/Booklist Author Forum

Friday, January 30, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:15pm

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The always popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum offers the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors up close at Midwinter. This year, Booklist associate editor Sarah Hunter digs into graphic novels with several of the genre’s popular authors and artists, including Cece Bell, Francoise Mouly, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang.

The Exhibits Round Table is pleased to sponsor the ERT/Booklist Author Forum as one of the many ways they collaborate with ALA staff and members to make the exhibits a dynamic part of ALA conferences. The latest books by the authors who participate in the Author Forum can be found at their publishers’ booths in the Exhibit Hall. Some authors sign copies of their latest books immediately after the ERT/Booklist Author Forum during the Exhibits Opening Reception.

Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter and Eva Volin, Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library, to dig into graphic novels at the popular Author Forum.

Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. In her most recent book, El Deafo, she shares what it is like to grow up deaf. El Deafo has received starred reviews and widespread praise. Watch and hear Bell talk about the book and demonstrate the Phonic Ear in this video:
Sponsored by ABRAMS Books

Françoise Mouly is art director at The New Yorker (where she has been responsible for more than1,000 covers) and is also publisher and editorial director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. She founded and coedited, with collaborator and husband Art Spiegelman, the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW, the New York Times bestselling Little Lit series, and the TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics. She has received many awards including the French Legion of Honor, the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators, and the Eric Carle Museum Bridge Award for “sustained achievement in the realm of the illustrated book for young people.”
Sponsored by Toon Books

Cartoonist Jeff Smith was an early adopter of the graphic novel format and is best known as the creator of the comic book series BONE, started in 1991and now a New York Times bestselling series that has won numerous awards and honors including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. He is a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, guest edited the 2013 Best American Comics anthology, and is the creator of TÜKI and RASL. His other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil and 2009 Geisel Honor recipient Little Mouse Gets Ready.
Sponsored by Scholastic

Gene Luen Yang's first book, American Born Chinese, is published in more ten languages, won the Printz Award and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the New York Times bestselling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints--also a National Book Award Finalist. The Shadow Hero, the story of the first Asian-American superhero, is Yang’s most recent graphic novel. His next book, Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes, Fall 2015), is about kids and computers, plus a mystery.
Sponsored by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

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