Says librarian and panelist Francisca Goldsmith:Seventeenth Summer, by Maureen Daly (originally published 1942, current edition Simon Pulse, 2010)Imani All Mine, by Connie Rose Porter (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers, by Mary Roach (WW Norton, 2003)My Jim, by Nancy Rawles (Crown, 2005)My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf (Abrams, 2012)Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta (Little Brown, 2014)The Terrorist's Son: A story of choice, by Zak Ebrahim (TED Books, Simon & Schuster, 2014)The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez (Vintage, 2014)The Unraveling of Mercy Lewis, by Keija Parssinen (Harper, 2015)
"There are two themes running through here. First, they represent a range of adult high interest for teen on which the Alex Awards are posited. Second, these specific titles speak to the flexibility of enjoying books, as some of these have been recorded as really excellent audiobooks, others have become movies, and there are fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel (in this case, nonfiction) among the 10. I'll be talking to both these points."
She will also talk about multimodal literacy, and will note two audiobook initiatives, SoundLearning APA, and AudiobookSYNC, both of which she is deeply involved in developing and coordinating.
Goldsmith is the author of half a dozen professional books including, for this audience's possible interest, The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, which is coming out in its second edition next month (ALA Editions).