Author Event Sessions

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Saturday, June 29 - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring John Lewis Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Congressman John Lewis is eager to reach a new generation of Americans with the story of his legendary role as one of the so-called “Big Six” leaders in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, remains a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He believes that the nonfiction comic book format of his autobiographical three-volume project March will effectively engage readers with the story of the Movement and help document the extreme violence faced by himself and other Civil Rights activists. Attending this session will help you discover why he chose the comic book format, how the project grew to three volumes, and offer you insights into March, books you’ll likely be recommending and building programs around. Lewis will be joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and comic book artist Nate Powell for the second half of the program to discuss their collaboration on March.

Lewis consistently challenged the injustice of Jim Crow segregation and was a key leader and organizer, involved in many important and often violent protest marches. Among many other courageous acts, he helped organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, participated in the Freedom Rides, was at the age of 23 an architect of and a keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, led a group of marchers across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, and was instrumental in voter registration programs which faced dangerously hostile opposition.

As Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative since 1987, he has continued to fight for social justice. He previously held other high-level positions, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. His 1999 memoir Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy, Lillian Smith, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His most recent book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

Andrew Aydin currently serves in Rep. John Lewis’ Washington, D.C. office handling Telecommunications and Technology policy as well as New Media. Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer who began self-publishing at age 14. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name. He contributed to the fundraising fiction anthology What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur with some of the world’s foremost writers of YA fiction, is currently drawing the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero, and is working on his own forthcoming graphic novel Cover, and assembling the short story collection You Don’t Say.

Sponsored by Top Shelf Comix

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Khaled Hosseini Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Everyone will be reading, recommending, and talking this season about Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, his first new novel in more than six years. Take this outstanding chance to hear one of the world’s most widely read and beloved novelists, so you can go back and share insights with patrons, students, and book clubs. The Afghan-born novelist and physician is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, with more than 38 million copies sold in more than 70 countries.

And the Mountains Echoed (May 2013, Riverhead Books) is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations, exploring the many ways families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Hosseini is sure to inspire interest in more than his books. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Sponsored by Penguin

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Ping Fu Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Get inspired by Ping Fu’s journey from her family’s suffering during China’s Cultural Revolution to becoming a top American innovator and tech entrepreneur who founded Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company.

If you’re currently considering or implementing maker programs in your library, this program will resonate as more than an incredible personal story. “I was a maker all along,” she said in an interview with MAKE Magazine. She says that making and craftsmanship are highly revered in China and her experience working in Mao’s factories led to her interest in connecting software to the physical world, that in turn became her vision for Geomagic and 3D technology.

Ping Fu’s remarkable story of personal and business resilience is told in her memoir Bend,Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds Portfolio/Penguin). The book relates how she was separated during China’s Cultural Revolution from her parents at age eight, was forced to work in factories rather than get a school education, and ultimately exiled at 25 when she came to the U.S. She quickly made a new life for herself as an entrepreneur, worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and AT&T Bell Labs,and is a member of President Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board member of Long Now Foundation.

Sponsored by Portfolio/Penguin

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Temple Grandin Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Temple Grandin-- diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1949 and now one of the world’s most influential,accomplished, and well known adults with autism -- will inspire and inform as you think about serving the wide range of your library’s users. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. She is a bestselling author, doctor of animal science, and autism activist who believes that “We need different kinds of minds to work together. People who are interested in things and people who are interested in concepts complement each others’ skills.”

Since she started writing and speaking about autism, the number of people diagnosed with it has skyrocketed—but so has the research that is transforming our understanding of the autistic brain. In her new book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum (April, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), she brings her singular perspective to a thrilling journey through the autism revolution, weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries. She also finds a route to more effective mainstreaming and a way to unleash the unique advantages of autistic people.

You’ll find out at this program why a visual thinker like Grandin would never have put the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant emergency generators for cooling pumps in an area that could be flooded, or have sacrificed the stability of the Deepwater Horizon platform or placed a flammable lithium-ion battery in a tight metal box on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Grandin was recently named a Time Magazine Top 100 Hero. Her four previous books include the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois, is a professor at Colorado State University, and is a sought-after speaker whose work has been covered by the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most, the HBO movie based on her life and starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Alice Walker Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear one of the most prolific authors of our time, a poet, feminist, and activist who has written both fiction and essays about race, gender, and other topics. When you attend this session, you’ll also find out about two new books that the New Press is pleased to present in 2013: “The Cushion in the Road” (essays) and “The World Will Follow Joy” (poems). Publishers’ Weekly has named “The Cushion in the Road” one of their top ten "literary biography, essay and criticism" titles of the season.

Walker is perhaps best known for her literary fiction, including the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple.” She is also the author of many volumes of poetry and powerful nonfiction collections, including “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For” and “The Chicken Chronicle” (both available from The New Press).

Her activism and advocacy for the dispossessed have spanned the globe and earned her a 1997 Humanist of the Year award. Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and credits him for her decision to return to the American South and get involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Among other activist undertakings, she marched in the 1963 March on Washington, volunteered to register black voters in Georgia and Mississippi, was arrested in 2003 for crossing a police line during an anti- Iraq-war protest rally outside the White House, and traveled to Gaza with the anti-war group Code Pink in 2009.

Sponsored by The New Press

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Giada De Laurentiis Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

You’re likely to have a mouth-watering experience when you hear Giada De Laurentiis--Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, and Giada at Home, author of six cookbooks, and more—on Sunday, June 30, 10:30-11:00 am.

Born in Rome, De Laurentiis grew up in a big Italian family that spent a lot of time together in the kitchen, where she discovered her love of cooking. She honed her skills at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles before founding her own catering company. Her new deliciously fun “Recipe for Adventure” book series with Penguin Young Readers Group is about a brother and sister whose lives take a magical turn when their fabulous great aunt comes to live with them. The books are a perfect blend of adventure, humor, and foods that middle grade readers know and love. The first two books in the series, Naples! and Paris! will be published in Fall 2013, each one inspired by the author’s love of a certain city and/or cuisine.

De Laurentiis has served as a celebrity Ambassador for the international relief organization, Oxfam America, highlighting the struggles of the billion people around the world who are chronically hungry.

Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jaron Lanier Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

The revolutionary ways in which technology has transformed our culture have also transformed and continue to transform libraries. Bestselling author of “You Are Not a Gadget,” the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, Jaron Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict these changes for decades.

Lanier kicks off the Auditorium Speaker Series talking about his visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy, asserting that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class—an argument laid out in his new book, “Who Owns the Future?” Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth, challenges that affect libraries and librarians in a multitude of ways. Lanier charts an alternative to allowing technology to own our future, outlining a path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow, making the point that he considers it time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.

The ideas and questions in “Who Owns the Future?” are insightful and provocative for everyone who lives a part of their lives online—which surely includes every ALA Annual Conference attendee.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are sure to provoke important questions and discussion when they talk about their recent joint project, “The Untold History of the United States.” A thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history, it is a companion to the Showtime documentary series that challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books. Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented “People’s History of the American Empire,” arguing that we must face our history forthrightly in order to set a new course for the 21st century. Stone and Kuznick are also eager to talk to and with librarians about what they see as the current sorry state of history books available to middle and high school students.

Oliver Stone has won numerous Academy Awards for his work on such iconic films as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Salvador, and W. Peter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, currently serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Friday, June 28 - 8:00pm

8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bleak New World: YA Authors Decode Dystopia Author Event Sheraton Chicago
Sheraton Ballroom 5
Description :

Join Booklist Publications for this year’s Books for Youth forum, featuring a stellar lineup of YA authors, who will discuss the wildly popular genre of dystopian literature for teens. Speakers will include: Lois Lowry, Cory Doctorow, Veronica Roth, and Patrick Ness.

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Sunday, June 30 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring Abrams Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

Join Abrams and Abrams Authors for a presentation of our Fall 2013 titles.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring Charlesbridge Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

"Authors Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, Judy Goldman, and Teresa Mlawer—translator and specialist in the Latino Book Market—join Charlesbridge Publishing to discuss the state of the Spanish, Bilingual, and Latino interest books marketplace, including the growing need for programming for young readers in our increasingly bilingual and multicultural world. The panelists will address questions such as: What’s new for this audience? Why is it important to introduce young readers to the Spanish language and the Latino community? How can teachers and librarians enrich their collection as well as their patrons’ experience with these books? The panel will discuss their new books, their experiences with the children they serve, and the need for rich content and library support for sharing cultural awareness. Charlesbridge will share their bestselling titles and what’s new and forthcoming on their list.

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Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Book Buzz Theater featuring Hachette Book Group & Marvel Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

Come join Hachette Book Group and Marvel as they present the amazing titles coming out this Fall. From Gladwell to Sparks, Hachette will highlight essential nonfiction and stunning new fiction. Marvel will energize the comic fans with the latest and greatest from Thor, Hulk and the rest of the gang. Light refreshments will be served and books will be given away. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to libraries@hbgusa.com, subject: ALA Book Buzz.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring HarperCollins Childrens Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

Come join HarperCollins Childrens Book Buzz

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:00pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring Holiday House Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104b
Description :

Editor-in-Chief Mary Cash and Executive Editor Grace Maccarone will present the new fall titles for preschool through young adult, along with suggestions for connecting to the Common Core State Standards. Handouts include activity sheets and educator’s guides that feature connections to the Common Core. Be sure to visit our booth (#2220).

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104b
Description :

Come and hear Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s editors tell you about the latest and greatest books on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers Fall 2013 list.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 9:00am

9:00am - 10:00am
Book Buzz Theater featuring Lee & Low Books/ Cinco Puntos Press Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

Multiculturalism in books is more than a passing fad: it's a necessity for librarians who are witnessing changing demographics in their libraries every single day. Join award-winning multicultural publishers LEE & LOW BOOKS and CINCO PUNTOS PRESS for a frank conversation about serving our diverse communities, what to look for in 2013 and beyond, and how we can work together to increase diversity in publishing and on library shelves, not just through talk but through action. Special guest and Printz Award Honoree and Pura Belpre winner BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ will share his insights on diversity.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, July 1 - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:00pm
Book Buzz Theater featuring Lerner Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104b
Description :

Get the buzz on the most exciting picture books, graphic novels, nonfiction, and YA from Lerner Publishing Group’s Fall 2013 list!

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am
Book Buzz Theater featuring Macmillan/ Bloomsbury Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104b
Description :

Hear about Fall releases from Macmillan Children's and Bloomsbury and Walker Books for Young Readers including a new series from Walker's NYT bestselling author Simone Elkeles and a charming new middle grade series from Bloomsbury. MacKids will introduce the sequel to Dead End in Norvelt and a graphic novel from Printz-award winning author Gene Luen Yang.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Book Buzz Theater featuring Macmillan/ Sterling Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104b
Description :

When Sterling’s Chris Vaccari & Macmillan’s Talia Sherer stumble upon a treasure map of the famed librarian pirate "One-Eyed" Nancy’s hidden book fortune, they set out on a quest – calling themselves The Hardcover Heroes -- to find the treasure in hopes of discovering the next New York Times bestseller!

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Book Buzz Theater featuring Melville House Author Event, Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
S104a
Description :

"Join us for donuts and coffee as Melville House Publisher Dennis Johnson presents highlights from Melville House Summer and Fall 2013 lists, including upcoming releases from the Art of the Novella, Neversink Library, and Melville House International Crime series. To browse upcoming titles, visit the Melville House booth or visit www.mhpbooks.com.

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Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

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