Author Event Sessions

Time Title Type Location

Friday, June 28 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Opening General Session featuring Steven D. Levitt Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
Behind Registration, Hall B1
Description :

Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the upcoming Think Like A Freak and of the smash #1 international bestseller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, promises to turn your brain inside out before the conference even starts. He’s likely get your problem-solving juices flowing to the benefit of you and your library, showing how applying counterintuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask, but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Think Like A Freak (October 2013), a “must-have handbook for decision making,” intends to radically transform the way you look at every aspect of your life. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create, and the morals we choose and show how their insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. They also offer entertaining and practical insights, from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed—With No Talent.”

Steven Levitt is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, known for his work in the field of crime, and was co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy. In January, 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline. He was chosen as one of Timemagazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006 and in 2009, co-founded The Greatest Good, a business and philanthropy consulting company.

Levitt’s presentation is part of the conference’s Opening General Session, where ALA President Maureen Sullivan and others welcome attendees and set the stage for the coming days.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Friday, June 28 - 5:30pm

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Meet the Authors: Dave Roman (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2100
Description :

Astronaut Academy: Re-entry

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Armen Melikian (Journey to Virginland: CATENA) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2663
Description :

Journey to Virginland: CATENA

Born into the cultural fragmentation of diaspora and a world citizen by default, the
protagonist, named simply Dog, roams the globe in a Sisyphean quest for home, unable to claim allegiance to either creed or flag.

Catena is Dog’s maiden foray into his ancestral country, where women are perennially struck by virginhood, men remain churlishly Neanderthaline, and a resplendent culture is held hostage by the twin hydras of chauvinism and corruption. It is here, in his self-referential heartland, that a disillusioned and ostracized Dog will be propelled into a consummate search for meaning.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Readers to Eaters / PGW) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2531
Description :

FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE - a new picture book about the renowned urban farmer, written by the author of "Snowflake Bentley"

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Marla Frazee (Simon & Schuster) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2312 - 2412
Description :

Got Got a Dog -
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and two-time Caldecott Honoree Marla Frazee imagine a God living among us in this spirited and moving collection of illustrated poems.

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Peter Reynolds & Susan Verde (ABRAMS Books) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2005
Description :

The Museum

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Tim Shoemaker (Zondervan) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2307
Description :

Back Before Dark-

Every kid’s worst nightmare, a ride through the park gets Gordy abducted.

The kids find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s every kid’s worst nightmare, when a ride through the park gets Gordy abducted. Their powers of observation are put to the test like never before, as they fight the clock to find their friend. In the dark, things are never what they seem.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Ace Atkins & Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Group (USA)) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2417
Description :

Putnam 175 Champagne Reception and booth signing featuring Ace Atkins, Lyndsay Faye, Suzanne Rindell and Ingrid Thoft, 5:30 - 7 pm

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Erica Lorraine Scheidt (Macmillan) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2103
Description :

Uses for Boys: From an extraordinary new YA talent comes a debut novel about a girl who turns to boys—until she finally learns to lean on herself

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Stephanie Kuehn (Macmillan) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2103
Description :

Charm & Strange:

A haunting debut young adult novel, Charm & Strange is the story of a young man discovering who he is and how to keep a dark past from defining his future

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Suzanne Rindell & Ingrid Thoft (Penguin Group (USA)) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2417
Description :

Putnam 175 Champagne reception and booth signing featuring Ace Atkins, Lyndsay Faye, Suzanne Rindell and Ingrid Thoft

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event

Friday, June 28 - 6:00pm

6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Store) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 1224
Description :

"Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs" is a new approach to storytime that incorporates more recent theories on developmental learning and research on how children’s brains work.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2331
Description :

The Book of Someday.

Livvi Gray has always been haunted by a terrifying nightmare of an eerily beautiful stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Before Livvi’s thirtieth birthday she will come face to face with the stranger from her dream, an encounter that will alter everything.

The Book of Someday tells Livvi’s story in parallel with that of a Boston photographer named Micah and a young wife and mother named AnnaLee. Like Livvi, these two women are swiftly moving toward events that will prove to be the ultimate turning points in their lives.

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Linda L. Ernst (ALA Store) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 1224
Description :

"Baby Rhyming Time" is full of activities that stimulate infants' and toddlers' cognitive, physical, and emotional growth.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Tanya Lee Stone (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2100
Description :

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Graphic Novel Stage - Comics Quickfire! Author Event, Other McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Graphic Novel Stage
Description :

A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Braden Lamb(Adenture Time), Matt Phelan (Storm in the Barn), John Green (Teen Boat!), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Anne Drozd (Dino Love), Darren J. Gendron (Hello With Cheese) & more!

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Meet the Authors: Charles Blackstone (W. W. Norton & Company) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2300
Description :

Vintage Attraction: A Novel

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Andread Beaty (ABRAMS Books) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2005
Description :

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Anne Ursu (HarperCollins Children's Books) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2407
Description :

THE REAL BOY

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Barb Rosenstock (Boyds Mills Press and Highlights Press) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2009 - 2010
Description :

Barb Rosenstock is the author of THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY, coming from Boyds Mills Press this fall. This first picture book on Jefferson's love of reading, writing and books tells the story of how his massive collection of books eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress -- now the largest library in the world.

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event

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