For immediate release | October 14, 2013

Wes Moore on 'finding a life that matters,' 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Wes Moore, bestselling author of “The Other Wes Moore,” is and has been on a remarkable quest to “find a life that matters.” As a youth advo­cate, he is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve youth in the U.S.— something that will sound familiar as well as inspiring to the librarians who hear him as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits from 10- 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

“The Other Wes Moore,” his first book, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. (A portion of all book proceeds for this title are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.) His new book, “The Work,” weaves together stories of some remarkable changemakers he has met during his ongoing quest, people who found the meaning of their lives in serving others. The journey he describes takes him from studying International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford to serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan as Cap­tain in the United States Army, and from Wall Street to the White House, where he served as a fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Moore, who overcame early academic and behavioral struggles before his many subsequent accomplishments, serves on the boards of the Iraq Afghanistan Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica (IAVA) and The Johns Hopkins University and founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. He is also host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Moore’s appearance is sponsored by Random House.

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