Author Event Sessions

Time Title Type Location

Sunday, February 1 - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Meet the Authors: Wylde Scott (Wylde Press) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4919
Description :

The Possible Police
Join Wylde Scott as he takes you into his boundless imagination and inspires children to dream.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
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 learning book about friendship, diversity and fitting in with colorful illustrations.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: E.K. Johnston (Lerner Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4622
Description :

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Morris Award Finalist. Armed only with a sword, Owen faces impossible odds as the dragons advance.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle Books) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4911/4912
Description :

Goodnight Darth Vader™
Darth Vader’s parenting skills are tested in this follow-up to NYT bestseller Darth Vader™ and Son.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: John Rafferty (Britannica Digital Learning) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 3117
Description :

Britannica's online tools, e-books, and curriculum resources
Tap into the knowledge of experts and curriculum specialists with trusted tools from Britannica.

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Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Margaret Hawkins (Penguin Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4823
Description :

Lydia's Party
A dazzling gem about seven women friends who help one another at life's best and worst times

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Marja Mills (Penguin Publishing Group) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4823
Description :

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
An intimate memoir of Harper Lee, her sister Alice, and the world that gave us To Kill a Mockingbird

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Mike Grosso (Egmont USA) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4730
Description :

I Am Drums
An anthem for band geeks: All eleven-year-old Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 3:15pm
Meet the Authors: Mary Norris (W. W. Norton & Company) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4416
Description :

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
From a 30-year veteran of The New Yorker comes a most irreverent & helpful book on language.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Meet the Authors: Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4916
Description :

Trapline
A CO mystery

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
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
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Trish Cook (Egmont USA) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4730
Description :

A Really Awesome Mess
"A journey of self-discovery coupled with humorous teen antics."—LMC starred review

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Meet the Authors: Bill Hillman (Curbside Splendor Publishing) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4129
Description :

The Old Neighborhood
A brutal tale of growing up in a mean city—and a beautiful harkening to the heartbreak of youth.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

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
W181
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 - 8:30am

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

Monday, February 2 - 9:00am

9:00am - 9:30am
Meet the Authors: Mac Barnett & Jory John (Abrams Books) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4426
Description :

The Terrible Two
It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Monday, February 2 - 10:00am

10:00am - 10:30am
Meet the Authors: Wylde Scott (Wylde Press) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4919
Description :

The Possible Police
Join Wylde Scott as he takes you into his boundless imagination and inspires children to dream.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
10:00am - 11:00am
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 learning book about friendship, diversity and fitting in with colorful illustrations.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet the Authors: Dasha Kelly (Curbside Splendor Publishing) Author Event McCormick Place West
Exhibit Hall - Booth 4129
Description :

Almost Crimson Almost Crimson
CeCe struggles to overcome her mother's sadness, father's absence, and become an independent woman.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Monday, February 2 - 10:30am

10:30am - 12:00pm
Morris & Nonfiction Award Program & Presentation [$] Author Event McCormick Place West
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Description :

Come celebrate the 2015 honorees and winners for the Morris Award and the Excellence in Nonfiction Award! Enjoy coffee, tea and danish and listen to the winners and finalists speak about their honored titles. After the speeches, mingle with the authors and pick up free copies of their books. The Morris finalists and Nonfiction finalists were announced the first week of December.

Cost :
19

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