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54th annual conference, June 17-19, 2019, Los Angeles, California

logo for 2019 conference in Los AngelesOur 54th annual conference was held at the Warner Center Marriott located in the popular suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, in the city of Los Angeles. It is ideally situated near public transportation and shopping, with a multitude of dining options nearby. More importantly, Woodland Hills has a vibrant Jewish community waiting to meet with Judaica librarians from around the world.

Most of our conference was held within the beautiful conference center inside the hotel, but we did have special optional tours planned offsite. The conference began with a noon luncheon on Monday, followed by a variety of interesting afternoon sessions, and then attendees were on their own for dinner

Our Tuesday keynote luncheon speaker was Russian-born author and artist Eugene Yelchin, 2018 National Book Award finalist, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Newbery Honor Award and Golden Kite Award among many other notable honors. 

Featured among the many Tuesday sessions were presentations on research skills for high schools, some well-known literary stars of the Los Angeles Persian Jewish community (including author Gina Nahai), and the best new Jewish fiction for adults.

The conference continued Tuesday evening with our Literary Awards Banquet, honoring the winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award and the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, the Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards, as well as our newest award: the AJL Fiction Award for best adult fiction book with a Jewish theme. 

After morning sessions on Wednesday, we boarded buses to travel to American Jewish University in Bel Air to tour the library and grounds and enjoy our final lunch together.  Optional tours were available to visit either the Getty Museum Library and Archives (4 miles distance), the Skirball Museum and Noah's Ark (.5 mile), or the UCLA Library and Archives (6 miles).

See our Program Book for details about our sessions and speakers.