For immediate release | May 7, 2012

Event of the year for reading fanatics—hundreds of options at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The 2012 ALA Annual Conference is shaping up to offer hundreds of possibilities and opportunities for supporters of reading, books, publishing and related activities.

The impressive lineup of dynamic authors, entertainers and thought leaders includes: John Irving; George R. R. Martin; Ernest Cline; Erin Morgenstern; Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver; Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer; Rachel DeWoskin; Sapphire; Chris Colfer; Brooke Hauser; Sherman Alexie; John Jantsch; Dan Rather; Rebecca MacKinnon; Duane Bray; David Weinberger; Dan Ariely; J.R. Martinez; William Kamkwamba; Gaby Rodrigues; Talia Leman; and dozens more.

The wide range of events, programs, exhibits and other opportunities can be found in the Scheduler, Programming Librarian Guide or on the conference website. Highlights include:

Attendees can rock out at the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash with the famous Rock Bottom Remainders at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The shining literary lights (hailed by critics as having “one of the world’s highest ratios of noise to talent”) scheduled to appear are Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, James McBride, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, Stephen King, Kathi Goldmark, Janine Sabino, Greg Iles, Sam Barry and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.

Now Showing @ ALA Film Program offers films and documentaries with the chance to meet some of the writers, directors, and subjects. Details are in the Film Program schedule.

Use the Conference Scheduler to plan your time, create your calendar and find out about many other Annual Conference highlights as they’re added — speakers, events, networking opportunities and more. Visit the 2012 ALA Annual Conference website for general information about the conference. Get the best discount with Early Bird Registration, open until midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves


Mary Mackay

Director, Marketing

American Library Association

800-545-2433 ext.1532