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Apply by April 8 for 2015 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Applications for the 2015 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 9-13, Eaglewood Resort, Itasca, Illinois) are accepted through April 8, 2015.

Sarah Lewis to be ALA President’s Program Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO -- Art historian, critic, writer and “cultural powerhouse” Sarah Lewis is the featured speaker for ALA President Courtney Young’s President’s Program 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Lewis celebrates creativity, focusing on how it can lead us through fear and failure to ultimate success. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward and our failures that become the process?

California Library Association will host five preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The California Library Association (CLA) will host two preconferences on Thursday, June 25, and three preconferences on Friday, June 26, during the 2015 Annual Conference held by the American Library Association (ALA) in San Francisco, June 25-June 30. Registrants may view descriptions, registration costs and how to add these preconferences to their registration by visiting http://alaac15.ala.org/ticketed-events.

Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstores, joins 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — Cathy Langer, lead buyer for the independent Tattered Cover Bookstores in Denver, Colorado, joins the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction selection committee. She was chosen by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to represent independent booksellers on the committee, reflecting the impact and influence of the awards on general readers beyond the library.

Vote for the talks you want to hear at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Public voting is now open through March 31, 2015 to determine which 36 talks in two formats will be added to this year’s ALA Annual Conference program. A total of 127 submissions were received.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Vote now for your favorite Conversation Starters.  

Sonia Manzano, 'Maria' from Sesame Street, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Sonia Manzano — the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series "Sesame Street" — appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from noon - 1 p.m. on Monday, June 29.

Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Writer Edwidge Danticat—designated by Harper's Bazaar as "1 of 20 people in their twenties who will make a difference," featured in the New York Times Magazine as one of "30 under 30" people to watch and called one of the "15 Gutsiest Women of the Year" by Jane Magazine— appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29. Her first novel, “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” was an Oprah's Book Club Selection, and her second book, the story collection “Krik?

Nick Offerman, actor, author, humorist (and woodworker), 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – Actor Nick Offerman—best  known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC's “Parks and Recreation”— promises 2015 Annual Conference attendees plenty of laughter when he appears as an Auditorium Speaker from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Offerman is also a humorist, woodworker and the author of the New York Times bestseller “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living” and the forthcoming “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers” (Dutton, May 2015).

Sarah Vowell, bestselling author and 'social observer,' 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO – 2015 ALA Annual Conference attendees will be among the first to hear journalist, essayist, social commentator and New York Times bestselling author of nonfiction books on American history and culture Sarah Vowell talk (among other things) about her humorous and perceptive account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning Saudi Arabian director and screenwriter, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Award-winning Saudi Arabian film director and screenwriter Haifaa al-Mansour—outspoken, smart, and media-savvy—adds ALA to a long list of high-profile appearances, including being interviewed by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and Dave Eggers for McSweeney’s journal “Wholphin.” Al-Mansour joins the 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker series from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.

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