United for Libraries to host ‘First Author, First Book’ at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/27/2014


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “First Author, First Book: Veteran and Rookies,” 8:30-10 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

This traditional event, which will feature a continental breakfast, will include first time authors Adi Alsaid, Kimberly Elkins, Oscar Goodman and Jim McGinty, joined by veteran author Will Thomas. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s “Prepub Alert.” An author book signing will follow.

Adi Alsaid (“Let’s Get Lost,” Harlequin Teen/Harlequin) studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He coaches middle school basketball and writes in his free time in his hometown of Mexico City.

Kimberly Elkins (“What is Visible,” Twleve/Hachette) was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in the Atlantic, Best New American Voices, Iowa Review, Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Village Voice.

Oscar Goodman (“Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas,” Weinstein Books/Perseus) is the former mayor of Las Vegas. He is now the official spokesperson for the city, a director emeritus of The Mob Museum, and the namesake for the restaurant “Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads.” His wife is the current mayor of Las Vegas, serving until 2016.

Jim McGinty (“Right to Kill: A Brooklyn Tale,” iUniverse) earned a BA, an MBA, and an honorary doctorate from St. John’s University in New York. A Vietnam vet, he retired as colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His business career spans four decades as an executive with Dun & Bradstreet, CSA, RR Bowker and Cambridge Information Group.

Will Thomas (“Fatal Enquiry,” Minotaur, Macmillan) is the author of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series, including "The Black Hand," The Hellfire Conspiracy," "The Limehouse Text," "To Kingdom Come" and the Shamus and Barry award-nominated "Some Danger Involved." He works as a librarian in Oklahoma, where he lives with his family.

“First Author, First Book: Veteran and Rookies” will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, N220. For information on registering to attend United for Libraries programs, visit www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual/register. For a detailed listing of United for Libraries programs at the ALA Annual Conference, visit www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual.

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United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.