Conference Schedule

American Library Association Annual Conference
June 25–30, 2014
San Francisco


Exhibitors Roundtable Panel
Saturday, June 27th, 3-4pm

Libraries and Book Collections as Essential Cultural Institutions:
A Historical and Forward-Looking Perspective

In this panel, Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History and Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word (W.W. Norton), Scott Sherman, author of Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library (Melville House), and Sasha Abramsky, author of The House of Twenty Thousand Books (New York Review of Books) will discuss the following questions while considering the history and future of libraries. What is the best way to preserve and cultivate these important cultural institutions for decades to come? How does digital collection development complement or supersede physical books in public and private collections? The conversation will be opened to the audience for questions at the end of the session, and advance copies of each author’s book will be available.

Popular Topics Stage
Sunday, June 28, 11am-12pm
Scott Sherman, author of Patience & Fortitude, interviewed by “banned librarian” Amy Sonnie, author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power

United for Libraries: First Author, First Book Panel
Scott Sherman, Patience and Fortitude

Cecilia Ekback, Wolf Winter

Val Brelinsky, The Girl Who Slept with God

Kim Van Aldemade, Orphan Number 8

Andrew Roe, Miracle Girl

Past Conferences

American Library Association

January 24–28, 2014
Melville House Booth #842


Pop Top What’s Cooking Stage
Featuring Scott Wiener, author of Viva la Pizza
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Philadelphia Convention Center

Author signing in Melville House Booth #842
Jeremy Bushnell, author of The Weirdness
Saturday, January 25, 2014
The first 25 librarians to the booth will receive a free advance reader copy.

AAP Debut Authors Panel
Featuring Rachel Cantor, author of A Highly Unlikely Scenario
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Philadelphia Convention Center, Room PCC-108 B

Pop Top Mystery Day
Reading and book signing featuring Frank Lentricchia,
author of The Dog Killer of Utica

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Philadelphia Convention Center

Freshman Year Experience

February 15–18, 2014
San Diego
Melville House Booth #30

Common Reading Selections for Institutions with Food or Sustainability Themes (Facebook invitation and flyer)
A roundtable discussion with Claire Kelley,
Director of Library & Academic Marketing

Sunday, February 16th, 2014
San Diego Convention Center
Gaslamp AB

West Coast Library Tour
February 17–26, 2014
Director of Library and Academic
Marketing Claire Kelley will be
making library stops up the west coast.

Monday, February 17,
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, February 18
San Diego County Library
5560 Overland Ave. Ste. 110
San Diego, CA 92123

Wednesday, February 19
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Thursday, February 20
Santa Barbara Public Library
40 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA

Sunday, February 23
Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room
57 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94104

Monday, February 24
San Francisco Public Library
95 Washburn Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, February 25
Multnomah County Library
Central Library,
801 SW 10th,
Portland OR 97205

Wednesday, February 26
Seattle Librarian Preview (invitation here)
Featuring Melville House publishers Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians
King County Library
960 Newport Way NW,
Issaquah, WA 98027
Conference Room 2 A/B on the main floor

Association of Writers &
Writing Programs

February 26–March 1, 2014
Melville House Booth #900


Melville House 12th Anniversary Reading (Facebook invitation )
Featuring Melville House publishers Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor

Independent Bookselling: Opportunities for Authors (Facebook invitation )
Featuring booksellers from Seattle-area bookstores—Elliott Bay, Village Books, Third Place Books, University Bookstore, and Queen Anne Book Company and moderated by Melville House Publisher Dennis Johnson
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

Public Library Association
March 11-15, 2014
Melville House Booth #1557


Mystery Authors Revealed
Featuring Frank Lentricchia,
author of The Accidental Pallbearer and The Dog Killer of Utica

Thursday, March 14, 2014
Indianapolis Convention Center

National Council of Teachers of English
November 21–23, 2014
Washington D.C.
Melville House Booth #609

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
April 8–11, 2015
Melville House Booth #1008


Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Auditorium Room 2, Level 1

R160. The Business of Publishing Your First Novel: Author and Publisher Perspectives
Melville House co-publisher and co-founder Dennis Johnson will lead a practical discussion of the publishing process with four authors in various stages of their publishing careers. Topics will include: agents, contracts, editing, big-house vs. independent publishers, publicity, marketing, social networking, and the changing role of the author.

Friday, April 10, 2015
10:30am – 11:45am
Room 205 C&D, Level 2

F148. Independent Bookselling: Opportunities for Authors
As bookstore chains disappear and independent bookstores become even more important, what should writers and authors know about working with booksellers? This panel from Minneapolis-area bookstores—Micawber’s Books, Magers & Quinn, and Common Good Books—will discuss how writers can work with independent booksellers to market a book. Topics will include author events, store placement, joint promotion, and how to spread the word to the book-buying public.