For immediate release | June 13, 2017

Celeste Ng among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling “Everything I Never Told You,” will join Jonathan Safran Foer, Allison Pataki, Elly Griffiths, Brianna Wolfson and A.J. Finn at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the Baker & Taylor Awards during the program.

Celeste Ng (“Little Fires Everywhere,” Penguin Press/Penguin Random House) grew up in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and the Kenyon Review Online, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Jonathan Safran Foer (“Here I Am,” Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan) is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” and a bestselling work of nonfiction, “Eating Animals.”

Allison Pataki (“Where the Light Falls,” Penguin Random House) is the author of the bestselling novels “The Accidental Empress” and “The Traitor’s Wife.” The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization ReConnect Hungary. She graduated cum laude from Yale University.

Elly Griffiths (“The Chalk Pit,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She lives in Brighton, England.

Brianna Wolfson (“Rosie Colored Glasses,” Harlequin” has honed her voice on the San Francisco storytelling circuit, including The Moth GrandSLAM. Raised in New York, she currently lives in San Francisco. Her debut novel is largely autobiographical.

A. J. Finn (“The Woman in the Window,” HarperCollins” has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for 10 years before returning to New York City.

The Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA will be held at McCormick Place South, S103. Advance tickets cost $60, $55 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $65, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event code: UNI1.

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