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Notable Book author, New York Times best-seller and Carnegie Medal finalist Banks at RUSA Literary Tastes program

CHICAGO —Russell Banks, acclaimed author of “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Rule of the Bone” and 2012 Notable Book “Lost Memory of Skin” (Ecco) joins the author lineup alongside Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams for the 2012 Literary Tastes program, an author event hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us,’ sponsored by Playaway, at Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by Playaway, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Rock Bottom Remainders announces that Anaheim will be their last ever concert

The Rock Bottom Remainders band has announced that the concert at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, part of the “Past Our Bedtime” tour, will be its last ever. This news was released with the sad news that their founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark (who was to have performed with them at ALA) passed away in late May. It is a special honor for ALA to host this landmark event.

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Introduce 'Ghost Buddy' at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO —The unbeatable team of Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are part of a moveable feast, appearing in a new-format Auditorium Speaker session at 2012 ALA Annual Conference 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25 in Ballroom D/E of the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. From the introductory session, the popular pair will progress to the Exhibit Hall PopTop Stage 11 am-noon for a book signing and refreshments courtesy of Scholastic.

Panel to explore whistleblower protection at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — What is the line between protecting society and defending the truth? The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) will present “National Security vs. the Right to Know,” a panel discussion during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference that will address the potential conflict between security concerns and the requirements of transparency, democracy, free press and the protection of whistleblowers.

Bettye LaVette, 'R&B realist who tells it like it is,' at Annual Wrap Up/Rev Up celebration

CHICAGO — Conference attendees will gather on Monday, June 25 in the afternoon to Wrap Up the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and Rev Up for the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, with singer Bettye LaVette’s “Performance and Revelation: An Intimate Showcase with a Soul Survivor.”

Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship auction to be held in Anaheim

CHICAGO—The Christopher J. Hoy Scholarship Fund of the Exhibitor’s Round Table of the American Library Association will hold its annual auction during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The silent auction will open up with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, June 22 and will run until noon on June 25. It will be held in Lobby B of the Anaheim Convention Center.

'Mapping Transformation'— 2012 ALA Virtual Conference, registration open

CHICAGO — “Mapping Transformation” frames the July 18 and 19, 2012, ALA Virtual Conference— an interactive professional development opportunity ideal both for those unable to attend Annual Conference and those who are ready for more. A full series of interactive 45-minute Web sessions will provide insights from experts, offer opportunities for conversation with speakers and other attendees around key issues related to transformation in libraries and allow for sharing innovations.

2012 ALA Annual Conference early bird registration closes at midnight Sunday, May 13

CHICAGO - Key issues covered at 2012 ALA Annual Conference include digital content and e-books, technology in libraries, innovation, books and authors, leadership, library advocacy, civic engagement, library marketing and more. Potential attendees will get the best rates when they register before May 14.

Author Sherman Alexie to keynote PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – From 1 - 2:30 p.m., June 24, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA president Marcia Warner will host the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation with keynote speaker Sherman Alexie at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

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