BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE Publishing, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.
Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity, will be a 2016 ALA Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker on Monday, June 27, 8:30-9:30 am. At the age of five and with the support of her parents, Jennings transitioned to life as a girl. A year later, her first Barbara Walters interview aired, at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable about or accepting of the transgender community.
Award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis will close out the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando after current ALA President Sari Feldman passes the gavel to the 2016-2017 ALA President Julie Todaro and introduces the new ALA Division Presidents. The Closing General Session will take place 9:30-11:00am on Tuesday, June 28th.
Nonfiction, suspense novels for adults, children’s books, comic books, TV shows, and 2016 Honorary Chair of ALA’s Preservation Week—the multi-talented New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer does them all and more. A core belief underpins and runs through each of his projects: ordinary people change the world. Hear him talk about that and more as an Auditorium Speaker on June 26th, 10:30-11:30am at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference.
Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson will open the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 24th, 4:00-5:15 pm. Dyson provides some of the most significant commentary on contemporary social and intellectual thought, interwoven with cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies, and was recommended as a speaker by the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete has devoted her life and career to autism awareness. Most recently she has co-authored the timely young adult novel Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express with her 18-year-old twins Ryan Elizabeth and RJ, addressing the challenges and triumphs of being a teen living with autism and the effects on family, school, friends and life.
2016 ALA Annual Conference attendees have the chance to inspire colleagues and move the needle forward for the profession in 45-minute Conversation Starters and five-minute Ignite sessions. Proposals are accepted through the end of March 15th, 2016. Find out more about these opportunities and how to submit your proposals.
Remarkable teen entrepreneur and activist Maya Penn’s TEDWomen Talk has been viewed more than 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). She has already given three TED Talks, created her own eco-friendly fashion line, developed animated films, is an award-winning philanthropist, a girls’ rights and environmental activist, and an artist, coder, illustrator, and writer. This inspiring young woman will appear as an Auditorium Speaker at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, June 25, 3:30-4:30pm.