Liz Moore among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/02/2015


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Liz Moore, Janice Y.K. Lee, Val McDermid, Stephanie Danler, Jennifer Haigh and Robyn Carr will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 11 at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2015 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.

Liz Moore (“The Unseen World,” W.W. Norton & Company) is the author of the acclaimed novel “Heft,” and “The Words of Every Song.” A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.

Janice Y. K. Lee (“The Expatriates,” Penguin/Viking) was born and raised in Hong Kong.  A former editor at Elle, she lives in New York with her husband and four children.

Val McDermid (“Splinter the Silence,” Perseus/Grove Atlantic) is the bestselling author of 29 novels. She has received the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing, and the Pioneer Award from Lambda Literary. She lives in Scotland.

Stephanie Danler (“Sweetbitter,” Penguin Random House/Knopf) is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School.

Jennifer Haigh (“Heat and Light,” Ecco) is the author of  “Faith,” “The Condition,” “Baker Towers and “Mrs. Kimble,” winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her short story collection "News from Heaven" won the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction. She lives in Boston.

Robyn Carr (“What We Find,” Harlequin/MIRA) is a RITA® Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River and Thunder Point series. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event code: UNI3.

For more information on purchasing tickets and other United for Libraries events and meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit For information about registering for Midwinter, visit

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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