Conference preview, Natalie Baszile, Max Brooks

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Midwinter Preview

The American Library Association’s 107th Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits (January 22–26), originally scheduled for Indianapolis, kicks off today in an all-virtual format. Read our preview for the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities.


@corindawn: I can’t wait to see @FLOTUS Dr. Biden close out the ALA Midwinter conference and it hasn’t even started yet 😬 But also I signed up for awesome talks!!! #ALAMW21



Times listed are Central

Natalie Baszile, author of the forthcoming nonfiction book We Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Celebration of African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy, will speak on the Diversity in Publishing stage. 10–10:30 a.m. Friday, January 22.

Author Max Brooks, whose 2006 zombie horror novel World War Z was adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt, will talk about his latest book, Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. 11–11:30 a.m. Friday, January 22.

This panel on underrepresented creators and graphic storytelling brings together science and comics writer Christian Cooper, Black Panther: World of Wakanda series artist Alitha E. Martinez, and DC Comics executive editor Marie Javins. 3:30–4 p.m. Friday, January 22.


Which Midwinter brought in the most attendees? In what year were exhibits added to the program? Get ready for conference with these stats on the history and happenings of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction winners will not be announced during Midwinter this year, but at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards on February 4. See which six books have been shortlisted for the awards.


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