For immediate release | February 25, 2014

Philippe Petit to speak at United for Libraries’ President’s Program at Annual

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present Philippe Petit, subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” at United for Libraries President’s Program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Join United for Libraries President Rod Wagner for a talk and performance by Petit, author of the forthcoming “Creativity: The Perfect Crime.” Petit has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He also lectures, practices magic and street juggles — for which he has been arrested more than 500 times. He has been a featured speaker at TED and other national venues and he also walks on the wire and does street performances whenever (and wherever) he likes. He is the author of "To Reach the Clouds" and “Why Knot?" He lives in upstate New York.

A book signing will follow the presentation. The United for Libraries President’s Program featuring Philippe Petit is part of the Auditorium Speaker Series and is sponsored by Riverhead Books. For more information about United for Libraries programs and events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

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Jillian Kalonick

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