For immediate release | September 13, 2010

ALA/ERT/Booklist Author Forum-literary fiction panel

CHICAGO—Best-selling authors will gather in San Diego this winter at the American Library Association ALA/ERT/Booklist Author Forum to participate in an exciting literary fiction panel.
David Levithan, Stewart O’Nan, Armistead Maupin and Susan Vreeland will meet together at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Calif. to discuss the art of fiction writing and what it takes to become a best-selling book.
Sponsored by ALA, ERT (Exhibits Round Table) and Booklist, the forum will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. PST on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.
David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the New York Times best-selling "Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist" (with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic. "The Lover’s Dictionary" is his first novel about adults. Sponsored by Macmillan
Stewart O’Nan is the author of a dozen award winning novels, including "A Prayer for the Dying," "The Night Country" and "The Good Wife," as well as several books of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the best-selling "Faithful." A sequel to the best-selling, much-beloved "Wish You Were Here," Stewart O’Nan’s intimate new novel, "Emily, Alone: A Novel," follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. As Emily grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Sponsored by Penguin
Armistead Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, S. C., before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking "Tales of the City" serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume "Tales of the City" series, "Maybe the Moon," "The Night Listener" and "Michael Tolliver Lives." "The Night Listener" became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin’s newest novel is "Mary Ann in Autumn." Sponsored by HarperCollins

After Susan Vreeland graduated from San Diego State University, she taught high school English in San Diego beginning in 1969 and retired in 2000 after a 30-year career. She ventured into fiction in 1988 with "What Love Sees," a biographical novel of a woman’s unwavering determination to lead a full life despite blindness. The book was made into a CBS television movie starring Richard Thomas and Annabeth Gish. Vreeland is the author of the New York Times best-sellers "Girl in Hyacinth Blue," "The Passion of Artemisia" and "Luncheon of the Boating Party." Her newest book is "Clara and Mr. Tiffany." Sponsored by Random House
Booklist Adult Books Editor, Brad Hooper, will again emcee the forum. He has shared his literary expertise as the forum has been shaping up. Booklist is the book review magazine of the ALA, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes an archive of more than 135,000 reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.
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Karee Williams