Yesterday was the deadline for us judges to get the scores in on the final 3 novels in the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project. And yes, the announcement is only 15 days away, and it is FREE for any librarian to attend in person or via web conference at multiple sites, over the state of Illinois.
There are 2 FREE programs being offered that day. First, at 12:30, David Vinjamuri, Adjunct Instructor of Marketing at New York University and Forbes contributor, will reprise the talk he just did at PLA 2014 in Indy entitled, "It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad [Publishing] World":
The explosion of published and self-published titles(nearly a million new ISBNs were issued in 2012 alone) means that libraries can no longer be archives of knowledge. Understanding how to maximize the impact of the collection and engage library patrons requires a new set of skills. This talk brings real data from libraries around the country to the issues of collection development and reader's advisory.Click here for the full details and to sign-up.
The second FREE program is immediately following David’s talk at 2 and is the actual announcement of the winner. I have heard that the committee is trying to have all three finalists present. Click here for details.
I have signed up for both programs and am bringing a co-worker along too. I am very excited to see how this all turns out. Speaking of, let’s me talk about the finalists a bit more
Click here for the details about each book and author, but to recap here are their author statements:
Rick Polad, Carol StreamAuthor, Change of Address Mary Hutchings Reed, ChicagoAuthor, Warming UpWarming Up What is exciting about STBF Author Project is not the prospect of becoming “famous,” but the opportunity to reach new readers. Technology has made it possible for writers to become their own publishers, but access to on-demand printing and internet marketing only ensures availability. With ever-increasing choices, the selection process for readers has become overwhelming. Projects like STBF celebrate the critical role of libraries and librarians in curating the public culture and making it truly accessible. Readers trust their librarians to guide them, and there is no greater compliment to a writer than to have a librarian recommend her novel as “a good read.”
Joanne Zienty, WheatonAuthor, The Things We Save
I have completed all three books and placed them on my Shelfari shelf with no review and the same rating. How I have judged them in particular is private, but I will share that I can honestly say that all 3 are worthy of winning regardless of whether or not the one I preferred wins.
I hope to see you at the big celebration of the committee’s hard work and to celebrate the author, the committee, the judges, everyone who worked so hard on this inaugural award. Once it is all wrapped up, I will have more to say about the process and the RA implications, but I do know that even now, before I even know who the winner is, I am proud to have been a part of it.