2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

Important information about the 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

ALA and ALSC are aware and thoughtful about the increasing concerns around the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. We have spoken with our stakeholders for the 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture (Gaiman’s team and the lecture venue) and have determined that for the safety of our attendees, our lecturer and our staff we are postponing the lecture and are looking to reschedule it at a future date. This decision was subsequently supported by CDC recommendations over the following months.  We will provide more information on the lecture date, as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience as we work out these details.

Neil Gaiman to Deliver the 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture - Date TBD

Neil Gaiman photo

Lecturer Bio

Neil Gaiman, born in England, is a United States resident. Gaiman’s work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery Medal. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. Gaiman is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama and a vocal defender of the freedom to read.

Host Site

The Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library was chosen to host the 2020 lecture. 

The Sacramento Public Library’s winning bid to host the Arbuthnot lecture impressed the 2020 Arbuthnot committee by featuring community partnerships with school, academic and public libraries, dynamic programming that would spread across 1,000 square miles and 28 branch locations, including art camps or classes, children’s inspirational programs, manipulative learning stations, writing workshops, and cemetery tours,” said Lisa Von Drasek, the 2020 Arbuthnot Committee chair.

When informed of the selection of The Sacramento Public Library CEO and Director, Rivkah Sass, exclaimed, “We are beside ourselves with delight for the honor of hosting Neil Gaiman and the 2020 Arbuthnot lecture. Sacramento Public Library is thrilled and over-the-moon to share Neil Gaiman and his genius with fans of all ages. The excitement will be felt from the shores of Lake Tahoe to the Golden Gate Bridge!”

Members of the 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee are: Chair Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Anna Coats, Livingston (N.J.) Public Library; Dr. Cyndi Giorgis, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; Dr. Steven Herb, Penn State University, State College, Penn.; and April Roy, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Mo.