As part of a burgeoning relationship with the American Library Association (ALA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA) will have a major presence at the ALA’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The event will run from January 25 to January 28, at the Seattle Center.
This official presence includes a booth at the exhibition center and the presentation by the HWA of five panels on horror. The topics for these panels are The HWA & Libraries, The EBook Revolution, Small Press Horror, Graphic Novels, and YA Horror.
The ALA event offers a unique opportunity to promote adult and youth reading, as well as providing a new platform for publicizing the goals of the HWA and the works of its members to a different audience from that normally found at conventions: the librarians who choose the titles adults, teens, and children are offered in public and school libraries. Horror is immensely popular but too often libraries aren’t aware of horror books other than those on best-seller lists or lists published in library-focused publications. The HWA is looking to foster long-term partnerships with the ALA and with libraries in general, and this is a first step in making that happen.
The ALA Midwinter Meeting boasts an average attendance of more than 10,000 librarians. In the past, panel programs by other writing organizations have been well attended, and HWA believes that their agenda of topics, including Young Adult Horror, Small Press Horror, Graphic Novels, and the HWA’s literacy program will be just as popular. Scheduled panelists include Nancy Holder, Jonathan Maberry, Ellen Datlow, Jason V. Brock, William F. Nolan, Joe McKinney, Christopher Payne, Jeyn Roberts, Lisa Morton, Angel McCoy, and JG Faherty.
Over the course of the four-day event, the HWA will be raffling off three baskets of books and other goodies as prizes, and handing out free copies of member books at the booth. Any members who would like to donate books or other promotional giveaways should contact JG Faherty at [email protected] for complete details.
As part of its ongoing commitment to literacy, the HWA has also established a Library Committee, headed by JG Faherty, and has launched two special pages on the horror.org website. One is geared for librarians and library directors, which will provide information on HWA literacy programs, regional chapters, and recommended reading lists. The other is the new YA Horror section. In addition to YA-related content, this page also contains the promotional artwork designed by acclaimed comic strip artist Ray Billingsley and an interview with Ray.