Author Event Sessions

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Sunday, February 1 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
AAP's Library Family Feud Author Event Hyatt Regency McCormick
Prairie Room B
Description :

Watch the local librarians face off against our fearless authors in a ferocious battle, Family Feud ™ style, at ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago. Featuring the nation’s smartest, toughest, and humor filled writers and librarians across the country! Played in the style of Family Feud©, high score after four rounds will advance to the Quick Money round. Winning team will receive a check, courtesy of AAP and the participating publishers, to be designated to the charity of their choice. This event is hosted by AAP Library Committee Chair Chris Vaccari, Library Marketing Director, Sterling (aka Quizmaster Chris) and features five authors and librarians. The event is currently slated for Sunday, February 1 from 3:00-4:30pm (location TBD). Featured authors include:

THE FEARLESS AUTHORS
• Team Captain: Jen Lancaster, author of Twisted Sisters (NAL)
• Tara Altebrando, author of My Life in Dioramas (Perseus/Running Press Kids)
• James Klise, author of The Art of Secrets (Algonquin Young Readers)
• Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of A Christmas Prayer (Hachette/Grand Central Publishing)
• Derek E. Sullivan, author of Biggie (Albert Whitman & Co./AW Teen)

THE SPARKPLUG LIBRARIANS
• Team Captain: Andrew Medlar, Assistant Chief, Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library (@ammlib)
• KC Boyd, Librarian, Wendell Phillips Academy, Chicago Public Schools (@Boss_Librarian)
• Toby Rajput, Youth Literature Librarian, National Louis University (@NationalLouisU)
• John Schumacher, School Library Director, Brook Forest Elementary School (@MrSchuReads)
• David Seleb, Executive Director, Oak Park Public Library (@davidjseleb)

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Monday, February 2 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
AAP/LibraryReads: Booktalk Breakfast Author Event McCormick Place West
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Description :

Join the AAP Library Marketing Committee and LibraryReads for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from six fabulous authors and stay for a signing after the event.

• Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Hachette / Grand Central Publishing)
• Nicole Baart, The Beautiful Daughters (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
• Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife: A Novel (Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)
• Paul Fischer, A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power (Flatiron Books/Macmillan)
• Mary Norris, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton)
• Mary Dora Russell, Epitaph (Ecco/HarperCollins)

You must RSVP (http://tinyurl.com/mq7flgf)to attend.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Saturday, January 31 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
AAP/LibraryReads: Debut Authors Panel Author Event McCormick Place West
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Description :

Hear from four of the best of ALA Midwinter 2015's debut authors, presented by AAP's Library Marketing Committee and LibraryReads. Author signing to follow the program.

• Melissa Falcon Field, What Burns Away (Sourcebooks/Landmark)
• Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train (Riverhead Penguin)
• Jill Morgenthaler, The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer (McGraw-Hill Education)
• Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)

Please RSVP (http://tinyurl.com/lafqk7n) to attend.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

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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Description :

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)

Saturday, January 31 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 3:00pm
CANCELLED: Meet the Authors: Richard C. Lyons (Lylea Creative Resources) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 5019
Description :

But By the Chances of War
A series of epic poems examining issues of war in four different periods of global conflict.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Friday, January 30 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 5:15pm
ERT/Booklist Author Forum Author Event, Speaker Series McCormick Place West
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Description :

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 - 7:00pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Freedom to Read Foundation 2015 Midwinter Author Event & Fundraiser [$] Author Event, Reception Offsite Location
The Roosevelt University Library
Description :

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will host its 9th annual Midwinter Author Event, a wine and hors d'ouevres reception. The featured speaker will be cartoonist Jeff Smith, who also will do a booksigning after his talk. Copies of his books will be made available for an additional donation at the event.

This event is part of the #FTRF45 series of celebrations to commemorate FTRF's 45th anniversary. first in-person event to celebrate FTRF's 45th Anniversary. It is co-sponsored by Roosevelt University, with support from Scholastic.

Sponsors :
ALA
FTRF.
American Library Association (ALA)
Cost :
$30.00 General • $25.00 FTRF members • $20.00 Student/Reduced Income

Monday, February 2 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gala Author Tea Sponsored by ReferenceUSA [$] Author Event Hilton Chicago
Williford Room
Description :

Don’t miss this traditional event. Bestselling authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches, and a variety of sweet treats. A booksigning will follow.

Cost :
$55 (United for Libraries members); $60 all others; $65 on site

Friday, January 30 - 9:00am

9:00am - 12:00pm
Managing With Data: ACRLMetrics Author Event, Committee meeting McCormick Place West
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Description :

A discussion and demonstration of ACRLMetrics for current and prospective subscribers in relation to the new "workbook" Managing With Data Presentation will highlight how ACRLMetrics can be used for advocacy, budget defense and demonstrating value.

Friday, January 30 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Managing With Data: PLAmetrics Author Event, Committee meeting McCormick Place West
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Description :

A discussion and demonstration of PLAMetrics for current and prospective subscribers in relation to the new "workbook" Managing With Data Presentation will highlight how PLAmetrics can be used for advocacy, budget defense and demonstrating value.

Sponsors :

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)

Sunday, February 1 - 12:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet the Authors Leslie Parry (HarperCollins Publishers) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4526
Description :

Church of Marvels
A debut novel set in vibrant 1900 NYC. Three entwined narratives, great plot, brilliant characters!

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am
Meet the Authors: Adam Selzer (Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4916
Description :

Ghosts of Lincoln
A look into President Lincoln's interest in ghosts.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 1:30pm
Meet the Authors: Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps (ALA Publishing) Author Event McCormick Place West
ALA Store
Description :

Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide: Pathways to Democracy
Appropriate for grades K-12, this discussion guide offers an important educational resource.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Monday, February 2 - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Meet the Authors: Ahren Hoffman (Weplay) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 5034
Description :

Enhancing Storytime with Sensory Play
Drawing for the winners of the giveaways – take you winnings with you!

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meet the Authors: Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster, Inc.) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4411
Description :

The Museum of Extraordinary Things
From the author of The Dovekeepers: an extraordinary novel about an impassioned love affair.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Saturday, January 31 - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Meet the Authors: Andrea Beaty (Abrams Books) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4426
Description :

Fluffy Bunnies 2: The Schnoz of Doom
Seriously funny Andrea Beaty raises the stakes in this sequel to her zany, pulpy sci-fi farce.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Friday, January 30 - 5:30pm

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meet the Authors: Angie Spady (Thomas Nelson) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4630
Description :

Channing O'Banning and the Turquoise Trail
A dinosaur dig,a search for a lost ring, will take readers on an adventure with Channing O'Banning!

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Saturday, January 31 - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet the Authors: Barb Rosenstock (Boyds Mills Press/Highlights Press) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4915
Description :

Ben Franklin's Big Splash
Here is the mostly true story of Ben Franklin's very first invention -- swim fins!

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Saturday, January 31 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Bea Marie Helliwell (Coco Palm Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4920
Description :

The Shape People
A fun little learning book about friendship, diversity and fitting in with colorful illustrations.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

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