For immediate release | June 14, 2011

Poundstone, Borowitz among the featured authors at ALTAFF’s “The Laugh’s On Us!”, sponsored by Playaway, at ALA 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!” featuring comedian, writer and ALTAFF national spokesperson Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 CDT on Sunday, June 26 at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

In addition to Paula Poundstone, “The Laugh’s On Us!” will feature Andy Borowitz, Jill Kargman and Leila Sales. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Some books will be given away and others will be available for purchase at a generous discount. This event is sponsored by Playaway, which will be giving out complimentary Playaway audiobooks featuring Paula Poundstone’s "There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say."

Paula Poundstone is an Emmy Award-winning comedian, a panelist on the National Public Radio show “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” a mother of three and author of "There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say" (Harmony Books/Random House). She lends her name, voice and humor to help Friends groups around the country promote themselves and their libraries.

Andy Borowitz (“The Fifty Funniest American Writers,” Library of America, Oct. 2011) is a writer and a comedian whose work appears in The New Yorker and at his satirical website,, which has millions of readers around the world. The author of six books, he is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (The Wall Street Journal), and “America’s satire king” (The Daily Beast).

Jill Kargman (“Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut,” William Morrow/HarperCollins, Feb. 2011) is a writer based in New York City. After graduating college she worked her way up the magazine ranks and used the inspirational toil of assistant life to co-write the 2000 Sundance film "Intern." Success with novels such as "Wolves in Chic Clothing" and "The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund" has been accompanied by her work as a featured writer for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar,Town & Country, Elle and more.

Leila Sales (“Mostly Good Girls,” Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2010) grew up outside of Boston, graduated from the University of Chicago and now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she works in children’s book publishing. She has been an improv comedian, a bookseller, an internationally award-winning debater, an unimpressive amateur gymnast and an intern at ALA. She is the author of "Mostly Good Girls" and the forthcoming novel "Past Perfect."

“The Laugh’s On Us” will be held at the Hilton Riverfront, Versailles Ballroom. Advance tickets cost $49 ($45 ALTAFF division members); the event code is ALT1. On-site tickets will cost $55, if seats are available.

ALTAFF welcomes Playaway as the sponsor of “The Laugh’s On Us!” as well as a new Gold Corporate Friend to ALTAFF. Playaway® and Playaway View™ bring audio and video to life with the push of a button. Pre-loaded and simple, Playaway’s products let users enjoy digital content whenever, wherever. For more information, visit

For more information about “The Laugh’s On Us!” and other ALTAFF events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit


ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. ALTAFF brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or


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