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Format: 09/19/2017 - 6pm
Format: 09/19/2017 - 6pm
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Friday, January 30 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
ERT/Booklist Author Forum Author Event, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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The always popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum offers the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors up close at Midwinter. This year, Booklist associate editor Sarah Hunter digs into graphic novels with several of the genre’s popular authors and artists, including Cece Bell, Francoise Mouly, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang.

The Exhibits Round Table is pleased to sponsor the ERT/Booklist Author Forum as one of the many ways they collaborate with ALA staff and members to make the exhibits a dynamic part of ALA conferences. The latest books by the authors who participate in the Author Forum can be found at their publishers’ booths in the Exhibit Hall. Some authors sign copies of their latest books immediately after the ERT/Booklist Author Forum during the Exhibits Opening Reception.

Four acclaimed graphic novel authors and artists—Cece Bell, Françoise Mouly, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang—join Booklist Associate Editor Sarah Hunter and Eva Volin, Supervising Children's Librarian for the Alameda Free Library, to dig into graphic novels at the popular Author Forum.

Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. In her most recent book, El Deafo, she shares what it is like to grow up deaf. El Deafo has received starred reviews and widespread praise. Watch and hear Bell talk about the book and demonstrate the Phonic Ear in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnj5STG0SZo.
Sponsored by ABRAMS Books

Françoise Mouly is art director at The New Yorker (where she has been responsible for more than1,000 covers) and is also publisher and editorial director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. She founded and coedited, with collaborator and husband Art Spiegelman, the groundbreaking comics anthology RAW, the New York Times bestselling Little Lit series, and the TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics. She has received many awards including the French Legion of Honor, the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators, and the Eric Carle Museum Bridge Award for “sustained achievement in the realm of the illustrated book for young people.”
Sponsored by Toon Books

Cartoonist Jeff Smith was an early adopter of the graphic novel format and is best known as the creator of the comic book series BONE, started in 1991and now a New York Times bestselling series that has won numerous awards and honors including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards. He is a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, guest edited the 2013 Best American Comics anthology, and is the creator of TÜKI and RASL. His other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil and 2009 Geisel Honor recipient Little Mouse Gets Ready.
Sponsored by Scholastic

Gene Luen Yang's first book, American Born Chinese, is published in more ten languages, won the Printz Award and was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the New York Times bestselling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints--also a National Book Award Finalist. The Shadow Hero, the story of the first Asian-American superhero, is Yang’s most recent graphic novel. His next book, Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes, Fall 2015), is about kids and computers, plus a mystery.
Sponsored by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Jason Segel Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Well known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first installment of his middle-grade trilogy Nightmares! (co-written by Kirsten Miller), with the second in the series, Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic due for publication in September 2015. At its heart, Nightmares! is about kids overcoming their fears, inspired in part by Segel’s own childhood struggle with nightmares. “Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me,” he said.

Segel’s numerous movie roles include most recently starring in Jake Kasdan’s “Sex Tape.” Upcoming is James Ponsoldt’s dramatic biopic, “The End of the Tour,” in which he stars as writer David Foster Wallace. He wrote a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets, then cowrote “The Muppets” with Nicholas Stoller. His collaboration with Stoller to write and co-produce the film “Get Him to the Greek,” won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Comedy. Segel’s other film credits (many award-winning) include: “Knocked Up,” “This is 40,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Despicable Me,” and “Slackers.”

On television, Segel starred as "Marshall" on the CBS hit comedy series "How I Met Your Mother." During the show's nine season run, it was nominated for an Emmy(r) for Outstanding Comedy Series, a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Show: Comedy. He also starred in Judd Apatow's Emmy(r) nominated television series "Freaks and Geeks" for NBC as well as Apatow's "Undeclared" for FOX.

Sponsored by Random House Children’s Books

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
10:00am - 11:00am
CANCELLED: Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Alice Hoffman Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

“It is with deep regret that I won’t be able to speak at ALA Midwinter. I was so looking forward to spending time with such an esteemed group of people who shape the lives of readers young and old every day.

As a child, librarians changed my destiny. The library introduced me to the first books I fell in love with—the works of Edward Eager, Mary Norton, P.L. Travers, Ray Bradbury, and so many more—and those books saved me. They allowed me to see beyond the confines of my neighborhood. These books, introduced to me through the library, showed me that there was a whole world to explore, that I didn’t know before.

I hope to have another opportunity to speak at an American Library Association conference in the future. My most heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for all of your hard work to put books into the hands of readers!” – Alice Hoffman

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 11:30am

11:45am - 12:30pm
ALA Masters Series - Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Ben Bizzle will encourage attendees to “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library” in an ALA Masters Series session at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 31, 11:45am-12:30pm. Compelled to change the perception of the library as an antiquated institution, Bizzle and the team at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas developed an aggressive technology and marketing strategy in order to better serve their community and increase public awareness of the library.

Join Bizzle as he discusses their award-winning marketing approach, sharing techniques for success alongside a provocative marketing philosophy that will spur libraries to move beyond their comfort zone, and shows how you too can engage your community and increase awareness of your local library. The title of the session is also the title of Bizzle’s book with Maria Flora, forthcoming from ALA Editions in January 2015.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, January 31 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali Author Event, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? As Arthur Curley Memorial lecturer, award winning human rights activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali will talk about her belief that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want wholesale change, contrary to conventional wisdom in the West.

In her forthcoming book Heretic (March 2015), the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women. Courageously engaging fundamentalists on their own turf—religion itself—she boldly calls for a Muslim Reformation, interweaving her personal journey, historical parallels, and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures.

Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, Hirsi Ali grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. A prominent speaker, debater, and op-ed writer, she was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and is currently a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Sponsored by HarperCollins

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, February 1 - 10:00am

10:00am - 11:00am
Auditorium Speaker Series featuring LeVar Burton Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Passionate and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, actor, producer, director, and educator LeVar Burton offers an unmissable treat. For three decades, Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers. He was host from 1983-2009 of the beloved original Reading Rainbow PBS series, is cofounder of the award-winning Reading Rainbow digital library, and is currently developing the next generation of innovative children's educational media.
Burton has recently published his first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, a picture book written with poet Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher. He said he was inspired to write for children about “when bad things happen to good people – which happens often in life.” He has reimagined Reading Rainbow through his company RRKidz and its award-winning mobile library; the all new Reading Rainbow App is the number one educational app on iTunes and delivers hundreds of quality books and video field trips.
Launching his acting career in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series “Roots,” Burton found himself on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 19, and then his global acclaim grew with his role as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and feature films. He has been a keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) Edu, and has received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media from Tufts University, 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy, and 5 NAACP awards.

Sponsored by Reading Rainbow

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, February 1 - 11:30am

11:45am - 12:30pm
ALA Masters Series - Mechanic Institutes, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, TechShops, Incubators, Accelerators, and Centers of Social Enterprise. Where do Libraries fit in? Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Some of our oldest public libraries were born out of mechanics institutes and many of our newest public libraries feature makerspaces. There is now a lengthy continuum of organizations that seem to share many similarities with the libraries of today. This session will be field guide to these new spaces and point out the differences that make a difference.

Mita Williams is a librarian at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is also a founder and board member of Hackforge, a community-driven hackerspace that got its start in the front room of the Windsor Public Library. She blogs at New Jack Librarian and be found on various social networks under the name copystar.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Sunday, February 1 - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 5:30pm
ALA President's Program featuring Mick Ebeling Presidents program, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

“Say yes first, ask questions later. Commit, then figure it out,” says Mick Ebeling, who promises you an inspiring message about finding creative solutions to real-world problems by looking at them differently when he’s welcomed by Courtney Young as her featured speaker.

What if you discovered by accident that you could change the world? A film and TV producer by trade, and an optimist by nature, Ebeling shows in his book Not Impossible: The Art and the Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done (Atria Books, January 2015) how anyone can help change the world. On the cutting edge of the new Maker Movement, he is succeeding in finding ways to create and share new, simple, DIY technologies that offer people greater access to medical devices, communication devices, and other things they need. Ebeling will share some of the extraordinary stories behind his successes and lessons learned, and will talk about moving from “crowd-sourcing” to “crowd-solving.”

Mick Ebeling is founder of Not Impossible Labs and The Ebeling Group, an award-winning international production company and creative think tank. He is listed as a USA Network Cultural Trailblazer and won the 2014 Muhammad Ali humanitarian of the year award.

Sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, February 2 - 6:30am

6:30am - 7:30am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration Author Event, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Internationally renowned intellectual Dr. Cornel West keynotes the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, a professor, recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees, and author of many important books including Race Matters and Democracy Matters. He appears frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, Democracy Now, CNN, C-SPAN, and other national and international media. Dr. West’s participation is sponsored by Beacon Press.

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration commemorates Dr. King's legacy and recognizes the connection between his life's work and the library world.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, February 2 - 8:00am

8:00am - 9:00am
ALA Youth Media Awards Other, Social event, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Join us for the announcement of the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature and media –the ALA Youth Media Awards! Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. The awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy by national judging committees composed of librarians and other children’s literature experts and include the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King Book Awards and other noteworthy awards. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards serve as a guide for parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and fans can follow results in real-time via #alayma, or live webcast. Visit ILoveLibraries.org for additional information on how to follow the action.

Monday, February 2 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wrap Up Rev Up - Featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews along with illustrator Bryan Collier Other, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

Join us Monday afternoon to close the exhibits and rev up for the Annual Conference in San Francisco. Start in the Exhibit Hall with discount sales and exhibitors offering special giveaways in their booths.

Internationally renowned, Grammy-nominated trombone and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue will get you on your feet to Wrap Up 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago and Rev Up for Annual Conference in San Francisco. This energetic jazz will include songs by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and will be followed by a conversation with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier. Andrews and Collier will discuss their collaboration on Trombone Shorty, a lively picture book autobiography that shows how Andrews followed his dream of becoming a musician and succeeded despite the odds. (April 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers.)

Bryan CollierHailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today he headlines the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier worked with Andrews to create his picture book autobiography that takes readers from his early dreams to international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music. Collier has won three Caldecott Honors and five Coretta Scott King
Awards.

Attendees can start Wrap Up/Rev Up celebrations any time on Monday in the Exhibit Hall with discount sales and special giveaways in exhibitors’ booths. Prizes including a free registration for 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco will be given away after the performance (you must be present to win!).

Shorty and Collier’s appearance is sponsored by Abrams Books for Young Readers

Photo Policy:
No flash photography. No audio or video recording. No photographers allowed on stage.
Still photography is OK and there is NO time or song limit for still photography.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)