Audio books

Mock Odyssey Award

Just one week until the Youth Media Awards press conference! I can’t wait to hear all the winning & honor titles, especially the audiobooks that receive the second-annual Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production distinction. I’ve been running a Mock Odyssey poll on my blog and here are the eligible titles mentioned so far: Tied for first place: The Graveyard Book The Curse of the Blue Tattoo (Bloody Jack #2) Possible Honor titles: Once Upon a Time in the North Fairest Other titles in the running: Brisinger Elijah of Buxtoon Nation Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire Savvy The Possiblities of Sainthood The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under the Jolly Roger (Bloody Jack #3) The Willoughbys The Hunger Games Do you have a favorite 2008 audiobook? Drop by and add your vote here: Then cross your fingers until next Monday! Mary Burkey

Awards & Scholarships

Jim Dale’s thanks to the Odyssey Award committee

Here’s an update to the information I posted about the wonderful celebration of the first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production during ALA Annual in Anaheim. At the end of the Booklist Books for Youth Forum, we all watched a video appearance by Jim Dale, narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Dale shares some thoughts about recording Harry Potter, honors the Potter production team, and gives special thanks to the Odyssey Award committee: Jerene D. Battisti, Francisca Goldsmith, Natalie Hoyle, Sharon B. Grover, Teri S. Lesesne, Merri Lindgren, Connie C. Rockman, Sylvia Vardell, Sue-Ellen Beauregard. Here’s the link to that video — enjoy your visit to Dale’s living room that looks straight out of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Mary Burkey, Chair 2008 Odyssey Award committee

Awards & Scholarships

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Celebration

Kudos to the ALSC staff for coordinating a wonderful celebration of the very first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production ceremony during Annual in Anaheim, in collaboration with award co-sponsors YALSA and Booklist Magazine. What a wonderful night! Booklist’s Stephanie Zvirin welcomed the standing-room-only audience of 500 or so and Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist’s Media Editor, served as the event moderator. The evening began with a fantastic presentation by author (and Full Cast Audio founder) Bruce Coville whose Homeric words proved to be the perfect symbolic Champagne-bottle-smash to set the Odyssey off on its voyage. His ritual shedding of the jacket is now an entrenched part of the finest ALA gala events – and was echoed by Lynn Rutan at the 2008 Printz Award ceremony. Next, I had the honor to thank the awesome members of the Best. Committee. Ever. Those wonderful women made my year as chair of the…

Awards & Scholarships

Odyssey Award Celebration – You’re Invited!

Final planning is taking place for the first-ever Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Celebration!! Join the festivities that will kick off ALA Annual in Anaheim on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. The event will take place at Hilton Anaheim in California Pavilion A – there is no charge and tickets are not necessary. You’ll hear presentations by audiobook producers Bruce Coville from Full Cast Audio and Arnie Cardillo from Live Oak Media, along with audiobook narrator Simon Vance. There will even be a special guest appearance, via DVD, by Jim Dale, best known as the reader of Listening Library’s Harry Potter series. The Odyssey Award is sponsored by Booklist, host of the celebration, and co-administered by ALSC and YALSA. Learn more about the award here. The 2008 Odyssey Award winner is Jazz, produced by Live Oak Media. The 2008 Odyssey Honor titles are Bloody Jack: Being an…

Digital World

Gail Rebuck: New Chapter or Last Page? Publishing Books in a Digital Age

Digitization is changing the world of literature daily. Each day I add another bookmark to a growing file of articles on topics ranging from Japan’s love of cell phone novels (in the London Times & and the NY Times) to the removal of piracy protection on audiobooks (in the NY Times & Cory Doctorow’s take on Boing-Boing.) Authors & publishers are embracing change by posting free content online, such as Neil Gaiman’s story “A Study in Emerald” available as both eBook & audiobook (read by Gaiman) on HarperCollins’ website.   These changes have prompted many to ponder the future of the book. Random House UK’s C.E.O. Gail Rebuck presented a brilliant essay as the Stationers’ Company Annual Lecture on the evening of March10th. The address, titled “New Chapter or Last Page? Publishing Books in a Digital Age,” was made to the members of a Guild formed in 1403 for the…

Children's Literature (all forms)

Odyssey Award – Listen Up!

There’s only one month until the American Library Association names the winner of the first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. This new award, a joint effort of the Association for Library Service to Children & the Young Adult Library Services Association, will recognize the single best audiobook created for listeners ages birth through age eighteen, along with possible honor titles. The award, on the same tier as the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott awards, establishes audiobooks as a true literary genre. Find out more here. Do you have time for a Mock Odyssey in the next month? Poll your patrons to see which 2007 audiobook titles they think deserve the Odyssey Award. Or share your choices here with the other ALSC Blog readers. Then log on to the ALA website Monday, January 14th, from 8-9 a.m. (EST) to watch the award press conference and see the announcement live. The…