June 22, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events

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Readers, you’ll be unsurprised to learn that our plans for this week involve going to the ALA annual conference — and that we’re very excited about it.  Being the publisher of the first ever graphic novel to win a Caldecott Honor makes this an automatically amazing conference for us this year, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating at this show!

First Second will be exhibiting with MacKids at booth 1003 and 1004 in the north hall. Please come by and visit us.

And don’t forget to check out the ALA Artists Alley.  :01 authors Tony Cliff, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Dave Roman, Aron Steinke, and Gene Luen Yang will be exhibiting there throughout the show! Stop by and say hi and check out their latest books — they’re all awesome.

Here’s our complete schedule!

THURSDAY, JUNE 25th

Asian Pacific American Library Association – 35th Anniversary Plenary Session
Time: 4:45 – 6:00pm
Location: University of San Francisco / McLaren Conference Center / 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) will be featured in this celebration of Asian Pacific American authors and librarians!

FRIDAY, JUNE 26th

ALSC Preconference — Also Truly Distinguished (and Diverse!): An Afternoon Honoring the Honor Winners
Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center – 2003 W
Jillian Tamaki will be speaking at This One Summer throughout the conference, and :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will speak about Batchelder Honor title Hidden.

GraphicCon: We Need Diverse Comics
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center 3010 W
This discussion of diversity in comics will feature :01 authors Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero).

Gene Luen Yang Signing in the :01/MacKids Booth
Time: 6:00 – 6:30pm
Location: Booth 1003/1004
We’ll have a few advance copies of Gene’s upcoming graphic novel Secret Coders to give away to the first people in line!

Printz Award Reception
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Marriott Marquis San Francisco / Golden Gate A & B / Lower B2 Level / 780 Mission St / San Francisco, CA
Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki will be receiving a Printz Honor for This One Summer! How awesome is that? So awesome!

SATURDAY, JUNE 27th

Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki Signing in the :01/MacKids Booth
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: :01/MacKids Booth 1003/1004
We’ll have copies of This One Summer (with the silver stickers!) and Supermutant Magic Academy, as well as some galleys of Mariko’s upcoming YA novel Saving Montgomery Sole!

The History and Growth of First Second Books
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
:01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will discuss First Second’s past and future!

Beyond Tintin: Collecting European Comics in the US
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center – Room 3004 W
A discussion of the state of the European graphic novel in our country, with :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel.

Graphic Novel Award Winners: Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki in Conversation with Cece Bell
Time: 2:45 – 3:30pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki talk to Cece Bell about graphic novels breaking the Newbery and Caldecott barriers this year, conducted by Gene Ambaum (Unshelved).

Asian Pacific American Library Association Award Ceremony
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Canton Restaurant / 655 Folsom Street / San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew will be receiving the APALA Honor for their wonderful graphic novel The Shadow Hero!

SUNDAY, JUNE 28th

YALSA CoffeeKlatch
Time: 8:55 – 10:00am
Location: Marriott Marquis / Yerba Buena Salon 7 – Lower B2 Level / 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki will be featured in this YA author roundtable discussion!

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Groundwood Signing
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Groundwood Booth #1327, North Hall
If you want a Canadian copy of This One Summer, now’s your chance to snag one!

Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts on Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, and Gene Luen Yang will speak with the CBLDF about comics and censorship!

We Need Diverse Books Presents: How to Move from Talk to Action
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center 2005 W
Gene Luen Yang will discuss bringing diversity to children’s books in libraries with We Need Diverse Books.

Historical Fiction Graphic Novels
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk) talks about what goes into writing and drawing historical fiction!

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet
Time: 7:00 – 11:00pm
Location: Hilton Union Square, Grand Ballroom A&B, Level 1 / 333 O’Farrel Street, San Francisco, CA
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer is the first ever graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Award! So exciting!

MONDAY, JUNE 29th

ALSC Book & Media Awards
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Moscone Convention Center – 3006 W
Hidden, by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo will receive the Batchelder Honor! :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will accept the award for the authors.

See you at the show!

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