Live Stage


Is your conference schedule already packed to the brim?  Perhaps you need to take a break from programs and meetings, and let someone read to you for a change. Find time in your busy day to sit back and enjoy live readings from popular and up-and-coming authors at the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage at the end of the 1600 aisle in the exhibits hall, presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

Saturday, June 29

Sunday, June 30

Monday, July 1

10:00am Eric Lundgren

10:00am Julia Sweeney

10:00am Susan Elizabeth Phillips

10:30am Peggy Macnamara

10:30am Peter Robertson

10:30am Kristina Riggle

11:00am Wolf Haas

11:00am Sara Paretsky

11:00am Matthew Quick and Sara Zarr

11:30am Shannon Stoker and Molly McAdams

11:30am Samuel Park


12:00pm Jennifer Lynn

12:00pm Keith Koeneman


12:30pm Stephanie Evanovich

12:30pm Mary Alice Monroe


1:00pm Tracey Garvis Graves

1:00pm Break


1:30pm Break

1:30pm Jean Thompson


2:00pm Hannah Moskowitz

2:00pm Ellen Hopkins


2:30pm Jason Mott

2:30pm René Saldaña, Jr.


3:00pm Jessica Hopper

3:00pm Jonathan Maberry


3:30pm Shannon Messenger


Most readings will be followed by an autograph session. 

Stephanie Evanovich, author of Big Girl Panties, is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York’s School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now, a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

Tracey Garvis Gravesis the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her family. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at

Wolf Haas is the author of seven books in the Detective Brenner series, including two recent Melville House releases, The Bone Man and Brenner and God. Each of the Brenner books has sold over 300,000 copies and been made into equally successful films in Germany. Carl Hiaasen called Brenner and God, "One of the cleverest---and most thoroughly enjoyable---mysteries that I've read in a long time. Wolf Haas is the real deal, and his arrival on the American book scene is long overdue." 

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of YA novels Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, and Perfect, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA.

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in Chicago Reader, LA Weekly, SPIN, ANP and Chicago Tribune. She is also the music consultant for the public radio show, “This American Life.” Her widely-anthologized essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't" was described as "influential" by the New York Times.  Hopper has also done time as a tour manager, band publicist, DJ, touring bassist, Girls Rock Camp booster, and fanzine publisher. She lives in Chicago.

Keith Koeneman is a third-generation Chicagoan. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University and writes on Chicago politics, history, and culture for the Huffington Post. In First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley, Koeneman chronicles the sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes Machiavellian life of an American political legend.

Eric Lundgren grew up in Minneapolis. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and earned his MFA at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. He works at a public library in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife Eleanor, and their two cats. The Façades is his first novel. He can be followed on Twitter at @EPLundgren.

Jennifer Lynn lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. When she’s not hard at work writing she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and new adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He’s the author of many novels, including Assassin’s Code, Dead of Night, Patient Zero, and Rot & Ruin. His nonfiction books cover topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop-culture. He is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. Visit him at JonathanMaberry.comand on Twitter (@JonathanMaberry) and Facebook.

Peggy Macnamara is adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; artist-in-residence and associate of the zoology program at the Field Museum; instructor at the Field Museum, Chicago Public Libraries Nature Connection, and Art Institute family programs; and author of Illinois Insects and Spiders, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in Texas with her husband and furry daughter. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm. She is the author of From Ashes, Taking Chances, and Stealing Harper.

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She is the author of the middle grade novel Keeper of the Lost Cities and the young adult novel Let the Sky Fall. She is also one of the founders and organizers of WriteOnCon, a free online Writer’s Conference for kidlit. Find her online at

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fourteen novels, including Beach House Memories, The Butterfly’s Daughter, Time Is a River, and Last Light Over Carolina. Her latest novel, Beach House Memories, is the prequel to her bestsellers The Beach House and Swimming Lessons. For more information about Mary Alice’s books, visit her at

Hannah Moskowitz is the author of Break, Invincible Summer, the Stonewall honor-winning book, Gone, Gone, Gone, and Teeth. She is a student at the University of Maryland. Find out more at UntilHannah.comand follow her on Twitter at @hannahmosk.

Jason Mott is a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee and author of two poetry collections, who has been published in numerous literary journals. His debut novel, The Returned, was optioned by ABC Studios for a television drama series produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Jason holds a BA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and currently resides in North Carolina.

Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 when she introduced her detective V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. Today Sara Paretsky’s books are published in 30 countries. In 2011, Paretsky was awarded the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her lifetime achievement. Her latest V. I. Warshawski novel, Critical Mass, is scheduled for release in October 2013. For more information, please visit her website and blog: .

Korean-American author Samuel Park was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil until the age of fourteen. His novel This Burns My Heart was chosen as a “Best Book of 2011” by, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. It was named one of NPR’s “Freshest Reads” and Today’s “Favorite Things,” and has been translated into four languages. He is an assistant professor of English at Columbia College and lives in Chicago. Visit Samuel Park at

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of HarperCollins’ biggest women’s fiction stars soaring onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and she was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Phillips delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife and the mother of two grown sons.

Matthew Quick is a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for his novel Boy21, about the lives of two damaged teen boys intersecting and healing through basketball. His other novels include The Silver Linings Playbook. His forthcoming novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock has already garnered praise from both teen and adult readers.

Kristina Riggle lives and writes in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, two kids and dog. She’s a freelance journalist, published short story writer and co-editor for fiction at the e-zine Literary Mama. Though she doesn’t live at the shore, Lake Michigan makes her heart happy whenever she can get there.

Peter Robertson was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, attended university in the U.K. at the University of East Anglia, and came to the U.S. at age 23. He settled in Chicago, where he has been a book reviewer, stay-at-home dad, soccer coach, student, and teacher. Robertson is the author of the mystery novel Permafrost (2012), set in northern Michigan, and a sequel, Mission (May 2013), set in Colorado.

René Saldaña, Jr. is the author of several acclaimed novels for young people that depict life in Mexican-American communities. In A Good Long Way, Saldaña writes a fast-paced narrative that will engage young adults in questions about their own lives and responsibilities to family, friends, and most of all, to themselves. He is the author of the acclaimed Mickey Rangel Series of bilingual mysteries for intermediate readers. His other books include The Whole Sky Full of Stars (Random House, 2007), Finding Our Way: Stories (2003) and The Jumping Tree (Delacorte, 2001). He lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.

Shannon Stoker is a licensed attorney who works for Northern Illinois University, training more than 30,000 students and staff in the finer points of ethical research. As a volunteer for the award-winning Gail Borden Public Library, the third largest library in Illinois, Shannon works with readers of all ages and helps run the Kids Fun Fair. The Registry is her first novel. Shannon lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with her husband and small dog.

Julia Sweeney was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990–1994. She has also written and performed in several successful, critically acclaimed one-woman shows, including God Said Ha!, which played on Broadway and was made into a film, In the Family Way, which appeared Off-Broadway, and Letting Go of God, which was performed Off-Broadway and made into a film. Her book of essays, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother, was released in April 2013. She lives outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Jean Thompson is the author of five novels, among them the New York Times bestseller The Year We Left Home, City Boy, Wide Blue Yonder, and five short story collections, including Who Do You Love, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Sara Zarr was a 2007 National Book Award finalist for Story of a Girl. Her novels, including her most recent, The Lucy Variations, are acclaimed for their emotional realism and bravery. In addition to her writing, Ms. Zarr runs the This Creative Life podcast on her website