Authors Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker to speak at PLA Member Breakfast in June

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/30/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to welcome Anand Giridharadas and Priya Parker as the featured speakers for its Member Welcome Breakfast at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. PLA President Pam Sandlian Smith will host the Breakfast during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its 2018 Awards and Grants. The Breakfast will take place Saturday, June 23, 8:30 -10:00 a.m., in Grand Ballroom D of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  

Anand Giridharadas is the author of The True American (soon to be a feature film), India Calling, and the forthcoming Winners Take All, which will be published in August 2018. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The AtlanticThe New Yorker, and The New Republic. He is a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, a visiting scholar at New York University, an on-air political analyst for NBC News, and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.

Priya Parker is the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. Her new book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, will be published May 2018. Giridharadas and Parker are married and reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.


This event is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance. One complimentary ticket per PLA member. PLA members can receive one complimentary ticket by selecting the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast (event code: PLA1) as a ticketed event during their initial ALA Annual Conference registration or by adding it later using the unique link found in their registration e-mail confirmation. Additional information regarding ticketed events at ALA Annual can be found on the conference website.

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