LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage

Aisle 3200 in the Exhibition Hall

Take a break from a day of meetings and programs and stop by the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage in the Exhibition Hall to enjoy readings from new and favorite authors, learn how to develop author programs for your library and find new recommendations for your patrons.

The 2009 LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is presented by the ALA Public Programs Office. Find out about other ALA Public Programs Office Annual Conference 2009 programs.

LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage Schedule


Saturday, July 11

Sunday, July 12

Monday, July 13


Jane Hirshfield*

Ed Bok Lee *

Sherman Alexie


Rachel Zucker*

Janice Harrington*

Jill McCorkle


Elizabeth Crane

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Gary Moore


Ben Greenman

Marlon James

Cara Black


Doug Stanton

Anita Renfroe

Bob Morris


Marcus Sakey

Sara Paretsky

Angela Shaw*


Paul Harding

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Daniel Kraus


George Watsky*

Joe Meno

Cristina Henríquez


Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s LIVE! Stage features a special focus on poetry, with readings from many award-winning, popular and up-and-coming poets representing the range of poetry from rhymes formed on the page to the rhythms of spoken word—poems that are sensuous and sensory, witty and wicked, poems that come alive when read by their creators. Don’t miss it!

Most readings will be followed by an autograph session. See below for more information on these authors and poets.


sherman alexie
    Sherman Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian. Following the publications of his first book, he was described as “one of the major lyric voices of our time” in the New York Times Book Review. He has won numerous awards for his work as a poet, novelist and filmmaker, including the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His latest adult collection of short stories, War Dances (Grove Press), is forthcoming in October 2009. Photo: R. Casey
cara black
    Cara Black lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award-nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into five languages. Her latest Aimée Leduc mystery is Murder in the Latin Quarter (Soho Press, 2009).
elizabeth crane
    Elizabeth Crane is the author of three story collections, When the Messenger Is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory, and her latest, You Must Be This Happy to Enter (Akashic Books, 2008). Her work has been featured in numerous publications as well as in several anthologies, including McSweeney’s Future Dictionary of America and The Best Underground Fiction. She lives in Chicago.
ben greenman
    Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the books Superbad, Superworse, A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, Correspondences, and his latest work , Please Step Back (Melville House, 2009).His short fiction and journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, McSweeney’s and the Paris Review. He lives in Brooklyn.
paul harding
    Paul Hardinggrew up in a small town thirty miles north of Boston. He attended the University of Massachusetts and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and studied under Marilynne Robinson, Barry Unsworth and Elizabeth McCracken. Since 2001, he has taught fiction and expository writing at Harvard University and the Harvard Extension School. Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press, 2009) is his first novel. Photo: Gary Ottley
janice harrington
    Janice Harrington spent 17 years as Head of Children’s Services for the Champaign Public Library. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (BOA Editions, 2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions, as well as the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is the author of two award-winning children’s books, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County and Going North. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
jane hirshfield
    Jane Hirshfield’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, five editions of The Best American Poetry and many other publications. In fall 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Elizabeth Bishop. Booklist lauded her collection After:Poems (HarperCollins, 2009)as “finely measured and carefully weighted poems... a stirring new collection.” Photo: Nick Rosza
cristina henríquez
    Cristina Henríquez’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other journals. She was featured in the Virginia Quarterly Review as one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries,” and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award. Her short story collection Come Together, Fall Apart received a Booklist starred review. The World in Half  (Penguin, 2009) is her first novel. She lives in Chicago. Photo: Callie Lipkin
marlon james
    Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Prize, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He is currently a professor of literature and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His latest novel is The Book of Night Women (Riverhead Books, 2009). Photo: Simon Levy
daniel kraus<
    Daniel Kraus was born in Midland, Michigan, and started writing stories in first or second grade. Currently, Kraus is an editor at Booklist magazine. He is also a working filmmaker and has directed six feature films. The Monster Variations (Random House, 2009) is his first published work of fiction. He lives with his wife in Chicago.
ed bok lee
    Ed Bok Lee is the son of Korean immigrants. A poet and fiction writer, Lee’s first book, Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press, 2005), won a 2006 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, a 2006 Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice) and a 2009 Urban Griots Best Book Award. A current McKnight Artists Fellow in Poetry, he holds an MFA from Brown University.
jill mccorkle
    Jill McCorkle is the author of eight previous books—three story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. Two of the stories in Going Away Shoes (Algonquin Books, 2009)were included in the Best American Short Stories series. She teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
joe meno
    Joe Meno is the best-selling author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings, Tender As Hellfire, The Great Perhaps and the short story collection Demons in the Spring (Akashik Books, 2008). He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.
gary moore
    Gary Moore is the author of Playing with the Enemy (Penguin, 2009), winner of the 2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year. Moore is a motivational speaker and an accomplished musician, and has been a contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Bourbonnais, Illinois, with his wife of more than thirty years.
bob morris
    Bob Morris is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Sunday “Style” section, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, among other publications. He is also a playwright and the author of two picture books. His memoir A ssisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad (HarperCollins) is a 2009 ALA Stonewall Honor Book in nonfiction.
sara paretsky
    Sara Paretsky is the award-winning creator of the V. I. Warshawski detective novels. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times op-ed page, and a speaker at such places as the Library of Congress, Oxford University and the University of Chicago. Her role in founding Sisters in Crime, an advocacy organization for women writers, caused Ms. Magazine to name her Woman of the Year in 1988.
sara paretsky
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of Romance Writer’s of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Her latest novel is What I Did for Love (HarperCollins, 2009). A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife and mother of two grown sons.
anita renfroe
    Anita Renfroe, author of Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormonal Apocalypse (Hyperion, 2009), lives in suburban Atlanta with her husband, John, who left his work as a Southern Baptist minister to assistant Anita on the road. The Renfroes have three children, Austin, Calvin and Elyse. When the children were younger Anita was a stay-at-home mom and home-schooled her children for a time.
kimberla lawson roby
    Kimberla Lawson Roby is the author of ten acclaimed novels including Love and Lies, Changing Faces, The Best-Kept Secret, New York Times bestseller Sin No More and A Deep Dark Secret, forthcoming from HarperCollins (October, 2009) She lives with her husband in Illinois.
marcus sakey
    Marcus Sakey is a native of Flint, Michigan, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. To research his books, The Blade Itself, At The City’s Edge, Good People and his upcoming work, The Amateurs (Dutton Adult, 2009), he shadowed homicide detectives, toured the morgue, interviewed soldiers, rode along with gang cops and learned to pick locks in sixty seconds. He lives with his wife in Chicago.
angela shaw
    Angela Shaw was born in New Jersey and raised in West Virginia. She has been recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in many journals and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry series and other anthologies. Her latest collection is The Beginning of the Fields (Tupelo Press, 2009).
doug stanton
    Doug Stanton is a former contributing editor at Esquire, Sports Afield and Outside, and now is a contributing editor at Men’s Journal. His latest book, Horse Soldiers: the Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, was published by Scribner in May 2009. He lives in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.
george watsky
    George Watsky is a poet, actor, playwright, musician and emcee from San Francisco. He is a Sundance Summit winner for his poetry on climate change, and he opened for President Bill Clinton at the 2007 Green Cities Summit. His poetry is featured on 3 CDs and in 3 books. His one-man show, So Many Levels, debuted in January 2007 in New York.
rachel zucker
    Rachel Zucker is the author of three collections of poetry and co-editor of Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. Her co-curated blog, Starting Today: Poems For the First 100 Days, has been a sensation in the poetry world, posting a new poem written by a different poet on each of the first hundred days of President Obama’s presidency. Her latest collection of poetry, Museum of Accidents (Wave Books), will be published in fall 2009.