Author Event Sessions

Time Title Type Location

Monday, July 1 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Graphic Novel Stage - Free Comic Book Day at the Library Author Event, Other McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Graphic Novel Stage
Description :

Held the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition for comic book and graphic novel shops and fans. Libraries can also tap into this excitement by hosting their own Free Comic Book Day events. This panel will show librarians how to put their own FCBD together, including tips on partnering with local comic shops, utilizing their graphic novel collections, acquiring comics to give away, and more.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet the Authors: Allie Pleiter (Romance Writers of America) Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 2342
Description :

The Fireman's Homecoming

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event

Monday, July 1 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wrap Up Rev Up Celebration with Janis Ian Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Tuesday, July 2 - 9:30am

9:30am - 11:00am
Closing General Session featuring Octavia Spencer Author Event, Speaker series McCormick Place Convention Center
S100a
Description :

Find out what Octavia Spencer has recently been busy with—including appearing on 30 Rock and writing her first novel. Spencer is keynote speaker at the Closing General Session. She’ll be talking (among other things) about her upcoming first novel, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (October 2013, Simon & Schuster).

In the book, Randi Rhodes is a 12-year-old Brooklyn vigilante with a black belt, who has moved to Tennessee after her mother dies and must solve a mystery in the town. Spencer, who was a fan of Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown growing up, said in a statement quoted in USA Today, "My biggest hope is that after meeting these young detectives, kids will experience the same sense of magic I felt when solving my first mystery."

A veteran character actor and one of Hollywood’s most-sought-after talents, Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors.

The Closing General Session is a not-to-miss event, where current ALA President Maureen Sullivan will pass the gavel to the 2013-14 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling and introduce new Division Presidents. The Closing General Session will be immediately followed by the elegant Inaugural Brunch honoring Stripling and the new Division Presidents. This ticketed brunch includes food, entertainment, and more.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

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