AASL National Conference Author Information

Concurrent Sessions

AASL has issued an open call for author panelists to take part in concurrent sessions during its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will take place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, with concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.

For the 2019 conference, AASL has doubled its author concurrent session programming by offering eight primary grade-focused sessions and eight secondary grade-focused sessions. Publishers, publicists, or authors may suggest authors for the following topics identified by the conference committee chairs:

  • STEAM/STEM, Makerspaces, Coding
  • Graphic Novels
  • Feeding the Soul/Cooking with Learners
  • Keeping Learners Moving while Reading
  • Great Series to Motivate “Lost in the Middle Grade” Readers
  • Books for Nonreaders
  • Using YA Lit as a Conversation Starter for Difficult Topics
  • Helping Learners Become Readers and Writers
  • Immigration in Children’s Books
  • Interactive Read-alouds
  • Nonfiction Books Learners Will Yearn For
  • Using Literature as a Spark for Social Justice
  • Banned Books
  • Diversity

Further descriptions of the topics above are available via this PDF.

AASL also invites publishers, publicists, or authors to suggest a topic not included above and an author for the topic. The AASL national conference author chairs will review proposals and create sessions based on the submissions.

Participation Criteria

To be considered as a panelist for a concurrent session, the author or their publisher must be an exhibitor at the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Book industry marketing companies, publishing consortiums, and distributors are considered the “exhibitor” and authors and/or publishers contracted through these services are not considered under an exhibit contract with AASL. Publishers, publicist or authors may submit proposals prior to booking booth space, but space must be contracted before an author is confirmed as a concurrent session panelist. To explore AASL's various exhibiting options, contact Lara Fitts Gamache, Exhibit Manager, 312-265-9639.

Submission Process

Submissions will be accepted via online form. Email, mail or fax submissions will not be accepted. The deadline to submit is Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, at noon Central. Notifications will be sent late 2018/early 2019.


Signings & Readings

All publishers and authors exhibiting at the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition will be given first opportunity to reserve signing time in the AASL designated author booth and/or presentation time on the AASL author stage. Both the signing booth and the presentation stage will be located on the exhibit floor. (Please note: Book industry marketing companies, publishing consortiums, and distributors are considered the “exhibitor” and authors and/or publishers contracted through these services are not considered under an exhibit contract with AASL.)

Authors not exhibiting or represented by an exhibiting publisher will be accepted for time slots in the AASL author stage and AASL signing booth based on availability.


Contact Information

All questions regarding author programming at the AASL National Conference & Exhibition should be directed to Jen Habley at jhabley@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383.