PopTop Stage

poptop_stageThe PopTop Stage will be located at the end of the 2600 aisle on the Exhibit Floor.

 The 2013 installment of the PopTop Stage will focus on popular librarian favorites: Mystery, Sci- Fi, and Poetry. The PopTop Stage will feature readings, discussions, and presentations over the course of the exhibits. The PopTop Stage is located just beyond the 2600 aisle.

Friday June 28, 2013
Foreword Magazine- Book of the Year Awards
5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
For the past two months, a panel of sixty librarians and booksellers has labored to determine the winners of the ForeWord Reviews' 2012 Book of the Year Awards. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, as well as the Independent Publisher of the Year and Editor’s Choice Prizes, will be announced at the ALA  Annual Conference in Chicago, Friday, June 28th, 6pm on The Pop Top Stage. The winners of the two Editor’s Choice Prizes will be awarded $1,500 each.

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program highlights the year’s most distinguished books from independent and academic publishers. Librarians and booksellers eagerly anticipate this valuable resource for discovering obscure titles from the world of indie publishing.

Saturday June 29, 2013
Mystery Day
ALA’s Mystery Day on the Pop Top Stage has become an Annual Conference favorite. Join these celebrated authors for an afternoon of danger and intrigue.

10:00am-11:00am  - Tasha Alexander, Charles Finch, Julia Keller, Eleanor Kuhns, and Theresa Schwegel.
I Was a Library Kid

 11:00am-12:00pm - Jane Gibson, Peter Robertson, Eric Lundgren, Libby Fischer Hellman
Mystery Solved: Introducing New and Best-Selling Mystery Writers to Library Audiences
Midwestern Voices

12:00pm-1:00pm - Claire O’Donohue, Frances MacNamara & David Walker
What Makes Chicago a Great Place for Murder
Sisters in Crime

1:00pm-2:00pm - Wolf Haas, Bayo Ojikutu, Zane Lovitt, and Mark Billingham.
International Crime from Independent Publishers
International Crime

2:00pm-2:25pm: Angela Dawe

2:30pm-2:55pm: Adam Verner & Michele Cobb

3:00pm-3:25pm: Janis Ian

3:30pm-3:55pm: Julie James

4:00pm-4:25pm: Katherine Kellgren

Mystery Readings
Audio Publisher Association

Sunday June 30, 2013
Science Fiction/ Fantasy Day
Futuristic, and imaginative, on Sunday the Pop Top’s Sci Fi will bring you to another world. Visit the stage beginning at 10:00am to explore the innovations of this genre with some of today’s top Sci Fi authors.

10:00am-10:45am: Jonathan Maberry, Griffin

10:45am-11:30am: Cory Doctorow, Tor

11:30am-12:15pm: Brandon Sanderson, Tor

12:00pm-1:15pm: Storytelling Showcase, National Storytelling Network

1:15pm-2:00pm: John Scalzi, Tor

2:00pm-2:45pm: Jim C. Hines, Penguin Group

2:45pm-3:30pm: David Brin, Tor

3:30pm-4:15pm: Elizabeth Bear, Tor

4:15pm-5:00pm: Timothy Zahn, Baen Book

Monday July 1, 2013: POETRY BLAST
Poetry Day
With truly a rich history, the Pop Top Stage’s Poetry day on Monday will enlighten you with emotion as our authors express the genuine art behind this literary form.  

10:00am-2:00pm*: Alma Flor Ada & Isabel Campoy,Yes! We Are Latino!

10:00am-2:00pm*: Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Grumbles from the Forest, Grumbles from the Town, Lemonade Sun, When Riddles Come Rumbling  

10:00am-2:00pm*: Sid Farrar, The Year Comes Round

10:00am-2:00pm*: Nikki Grimes, Words with Wings, Our White House

10:00am-2:00pm*: Bob Raczka, Guyku, Lemonade, Joy in Mudville

10:00am-2:00pm*: Laura Purdie Salas , Bookspeak!, Stampede!

10:00am-2:00pm*: Marilyn Singer, Follow Follow, Rutherford B., Who Was He?

10:00am-2:00pm*: Tamera Will Wissinger, Gone Fishing 

*Authors will be rotating while reading poems of their choice.