Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians

Sat., June 28
3-4:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N252

Join United for Libraries as Liz Climo, Ian Doescher, Caitlin Doughty, Jennifer Holland, Andrew Mayne, and Ben Parzybok, talk with pride about their often out-in-left-field topics. Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert will moderate.

Liz ClimoLiz Climo

The Little World of Liz Climo, Running Press/Perseus
Sept. 2014; $14; 978-0-76245-238-5

Liz Climo is an author, illustrator and animator currently working on The Simpsons TV series. A California native, she grew up reading The Far Side comics and Edward Gorey books in her Grandparents' living room, and dreamed of someday having a comic strip of her own.  She has worked on such projects as The Simpsons Movie, The Lebrons, and Seth Macfarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. She currently works as a storyboard revisionist on The Simpsons. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.


Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return, Quirk Books/Random House
July 2014; $14.95; 978-1-59474-713-7

Ian Doescher is the author of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars. He has a BA in music from Yale, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Union Seminary. A theologically trained social media specialist, he currently works for a marketing agency in Portland.


Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, W.W. Norton & Company
Sept. 2014; $24.95; 978-0-39324-023-8

“America’s (kinda dark) sweetheart” (Huffington Post), Caitlin Doughty is the host and creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series and the collective Order of the Good Death. A licensed mortician, she lives in Los Angeles.

Jennifer HollandJennifer Holland

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom, Workman
Oct. 2014; $13.95; 978-0-76117-441-7

Jennifer Holland’s work has been featured in National Geographic magazine, the Journal of NIH Research, Destination Discovery, The Learning Channel Monthly, the Washington Post, and NPR’s Earth & Sky. She has traveled to more than a dozen countries, flying in zero gravity over the Gulf of Mexico, scuba diving with tiger sharks, climbing the tallest tree in Costa Rica, and camping out with bushmen in the forests of Papua New Guinea. Holland attended Dickinson College; studied abroad in York, England, for a year; and completed her BA in English (with a journalism emphasis) at the University of Wisconsin. She received an MS in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland. Holland lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos.

Andrew MayneAndrew Mayne

Angel Killer, Bourbon Street Books/HarperCollins
Sept. 2014; $14.99; 978-0-06234-887-6

Andrew Mayne started his first world illusion tour while he was a teenage and was soon headlining in resorts and casinos around the world. He’s worked behind the scenes creatively for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine. With the support of talk show host and amateur magician Johnny Carson, Andrew Mayne started a program to use magic to teach critical thinking skills in public schools for the James Randi Educational Foundation. He stars in the reality show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne on A&E. Angel Killer is his first novel.

Benjamin Parzybok

Sherwood Nation, Small Beer Press/Consortium
Sept. 2014; $16; 978-1-61873-086-2

Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novel Couch and has been the creator/co-creator of many other projects, including Gumball Poetry, The Black Magic Insurance Agency (city-wide, one night alternate reality game), and Project Hamad. He lives in Portland with the artist Laura Moulton and their two kids.