Adriana Trigiani among authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/05/2015


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries

CHICAGO — Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen and John Katzenbach will be the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Authors will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing (with complimentary ARCs and books) will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards at this event.

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the bestseller “The Shoemaker’s Wife”; the Big Stone Gap series; “Very Valentine”; “Brava, Valentine”; “Lucia, Lucia”; and the memoir “Don’t Sing at the Table.”

Paula McLain is the author of “The Paris Wife” and “A Ticket to Ride,” the memoir “Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses,” and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Matthew Pearl is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels “The Dante Club,” “The Poe Shadow,” “The Last Dickens” and “The Technologists.” His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages.

B.A. Shapiro is the bestselling author of “The Art Forger,” “The Safe Room,” “Blind Spot” and more. She has also written four screenplays and the nonfiction book “The Big Squeeze.”

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of “The Opposite of Me,” “Skipping a Beat,” “These Girls,” “The Best of Us” and “Catching Air,” as well as a series of linked short stories for e-readers. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers.

John Katzenbach has written 13 previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller “The Traveler,” “Day of Reckoning,” “What Comes Next” and “Red 1-2-3.” Movie adaptations of his novels “The Madman's Tale” and “The Analyst” are currently set for a 2016 release.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. The event will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental 6. Event code: UNI2.

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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

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