United for Libraries to host romance panel at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/20/2016


Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Isn’t it Romantic?” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Orange County Convention Center, W101A, at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Featured romance writers will include Meg Rosoff, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Wiggs, Heather Graham, Shelly Shepard Gray, Brenda Novak and Meg Rosoff. Authors will sign copies of their books following the program. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal's Prepub Alert.

Meg Rosoff (“Jonathan Unleashed,” Viking/Penguin Random House, July 2016) grew up in Boston and worked in advertising for 15 years before writing her first novel, "How I Live Now," which has sold more than 1 million copies in 36 territories. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Printz Award, was short-listed for the Orange Prize and made into a film. She lives in London with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Mary Kay Andrews (“The Weekenders,” St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, 2016) is a New York Times bestselling author. A former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Ga.

Susan Wiggs (“Family Tree,” William Morrow/HarperCollins, Aug. 2016) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series. Her novels have been translated into two dozen languages. A Harvard graduate, she lives with her husband in Washington State, on an island in Puget Sound.

Heather Graham (“Deadly Fate,” MIRA/Harlequin Aug. 2016) is a perennial New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 novels. She has won numerous awards, including the RWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Heather is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. She lives in Miami, Fla.

Shelly Shepard Gray (“A Daughter's Dream,” Avon Inspire/HarperCollins, 2016) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Hold Medallion winner. She lives in Loveland, Ohio.

Brenda Novak (“The Secrets She Kept,” MIRA/Harlequin, Aug. 2016) has written more than 50 books, with more than 4 million copies in print. The four-time RITA® Award nominee has won many awards, including the National Readers’ Choice, the Booksellers’ Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion.

For information on other United for Libraries programs at the ALA Annual Conference, visit www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual.

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 Wentworth at (312) 280-2161 or jwentworth@ala.org.

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