Ivan Doig, Gregg Olsen, Ruth Ozeki in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/25/2012


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CHICAGO — “The Novel Is Alive and Well”— the 2013 subject of the always popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum—kicks Midwinter off in style from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, offering the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors up close over the following days. Lively moderator Brad Hooper, Booklist adult books editor, will work his usual magic as he draws best-selling authors Ivan Doig, Gregg Olsen and Ruth Ozeki out on how their books contribute to the thriving of the novel form and the influence of the Pacific Northwest on their work.

Montana-born Seattle resident Ivan Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. Known for his wit and lively personality, the former ranch hand, newspaperman and magazine editor most recently published “The Bartender’s Tale,” which the Booklist starred review described as “essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature.” This adult title has good YA crossover appeal. Doig is the author of nine previous novels and three works of nonfiction, including his classic first book, the memoir “This House of Sky.” He has been a National Book Award finalist and has received the Wallace Stegner Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association and multiple PNBA and MPBA Book Awards among other honors.

“There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest. We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here,” said Olsen, a Seattle native living in Washington state and a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of adult true crime and more recently young adult novels too. Known for creating detailed narratives that offer insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances, Olsen has published 13 books with sales of more than one million copies. The award-winning author has appeared on dozens of national and local television shows, including the History, Learning and Discovery Channels, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC,and A&E's Biography. He has been featured in RedbookUSA Today, PeopleSalon magazine, The Seattle TimesLos Angeles Times and the New York Post. His debut YA novel in the Empty Coffin series, “Envy,” was Washington’s official selection for the National Book Festival.

Best-selling Vancouver-based author Ruth Ozeki’s forthcoming novel “A Tale for the Time Being” is her first in eight years and is already creating a buzz, described as being full of her signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history and myth. As author of “My Year of Meats” and “All Over Creation,” Ozeki will have illuminating insights into the state of the novel form--fellow writer Michael Pollan says she is “bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look.” Ozeki is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, ordained in 2010 as a Zen Buddhist priest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Shambhala Sun and More, among other publications.

The authors will sign copies of their latest books at their publishers' booths during the Opening Exhibits Reception right after the Author Forum.

Doig’s appearance is sponsored by Riverhead Books, Olsen’s by Sterling Publishing Company and Ozeki's by Viking.

Catch up with the Booklist editors, pick up a free copy of the magazine, and learn about the recent additions to the Booklist subscription package at booth 2515 in the exhibit hall at Midwinter.  Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and reader’s advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of more than 135,000 reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.

ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place in Seattle, January 25-29. 

For attendees who need support in making their case for attending and why they’ll be more valuable to their institutions afterwards, ALA offers resources that include step-by-step guidelines for what information to present, what previous attendees have said about what they took home from ALA conferences and events, a sample budget worksheet, and more. Those resources are available on the Midwinter website.

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