For immediate release | October 29, 2013

Scottoline, Kidd, Lippman, Henriquez at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Authors will discuss their writing life and forthcoming books. A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow, with most books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during this event.(For more information, visit

Lisa Scottoline (“Accused,” St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan) is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 21 novels. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit.” There are more than 30 million copies of her books in print, published in more than 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.

Sue Monk Kidd (“The Invention of Wings,” Viking/Penguin) is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Mermaid Chair.” She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller “Traveling with Pomegranates,” written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.

Laura Lippman (“After I’m Gone,” William Morrow/HarperCollins) is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels in an oeuvre that includes the award-winning Tess Monaghan series, a collection of critically acclaimed stand-alone novels, and an anthology of award-winning short stories.

Cristina Henriquez (“The Book of Unknown Americans,” Knopf/Random House) is the author of the story collection “Come Together, Fall Apart,” which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the novel “The World in Half.” Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares and The Oxford American, as well as in various anthologies.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea cost $55, $49 for United for Libraries division members. Onsite tickets cost $60, if available. Advance purchase is recommended. Event code: UFL1.

For more information on purchasing tickets and other United for Libraries events and meetings at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit For information about registering for Midwinter, visit

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