Best-selling author Picoult and daughter team up for President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/21/2012

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CHICAGO— Best-selling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer will appear as part of the ALA President’s Program & Awards Presentation at ALA Annual Conference from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. The mother-daughter author team will be on tour for the launch of “Between the Lines,” a book they wrote together that will be published in June 2012.

Picoult says of “Between the Lines,” her first YA novel, that “it was Sammy’s idea, and frankly, she’s got a better imagination than I ever did at her age. . . . It’s about what happens when happily ever after . . . isn’t. . . . It was a delight to have the experience of writing it with my own daughter! ”

Picoult’s  18 published novels include the #1 New York Times best-sellers “House Rules,”  “Handle With Care, “Change of Heart, “Nineteen Minutes” and “My Sister’s Keeper.”  Samantha Van Leer is a junior in high school who conceived the idea for “Between the Lines” and pitched it to her mother while she (Picoult) was in the middle of a book tour.  In her spare time, she plays softball, does contemporary dance and acts and sings in musicals.

The mother-daughter author team appears courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

New this year as part of the ALA President’s Program—the presentation of ALA awards will take place at the beginning of the program.

Find out about the many other ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights as they’re added—speakers, events, networking opportunities and more. And for general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit us at www.alaannual.org.  Save money with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

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