25 acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Angela Thullen
Program Officer, Communications
ALA Public Programs Office

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2009

Reading stage features Sherman Alexie, Jane Hirshfield, Cristina Henriquez, Marlon James, Ed Bok Lee, Sara Paretsky and more

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 25 critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage, from noon to 4 p.m., July 11-13 in the exhibits hall at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Attendees are welcome to take a break from their busy conference schedules and listen to some of their favorite authors and poets read from and autograph their recent works. Located in the back of the 3,200 aisle in the exhibits hall, the Live! @ your library Reading Stage is free for all conference attendees.

Thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, this year’s LIVE! Stage will focus especially on poetry, with readings from many award-winning, popular and up-and-coming poets representing the range of poetry from verse formed on the page to the rhythms of the spoken word.

Poets and authors to be showcased on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage are:

Saturday, July 11 – Jane Hirshfeld, Rachel Zucker, Elizabeth Crane, Ben Greenman, Doug Stanton, Marcus Sakey, Paul Harding, George Watsky;

Sunday, July 12 – Ed Bok Lee, Janice Harrington, Cristina Henriquez, Marlon James, Anita Renfroe, Sara Paretsky, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Joe Meno;

Monday, July 13 – Sherman Alexie, Jill McCorkle, Gary Moore, Cara Black, Bob Morris, Angela Shaw, Dan Kraus, Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman.

The ALA Public Programs Office welcomes Ray Olsen, Donna Seaman and Brad Hooper, adult literary editors from Booklist, ALA’s widely respected book review publication, as the LIVE! Stage emcees. For additional information about these programs, including reading times and author biographies, please visit http://ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ppo/about/ac2009/ac2009-livestage.cfm Â

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has an exemplary track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming ( www.ala.org/ccf). For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.