For immediate release | May 15, 2012

Jane Green among the featured authors at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. PDT at the Anaheim Marriott, Grand Salon E, on Monday, June 25 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The Gala Author Tea will feature Selden Edwards, Jane Green, Andrew Gross, Adam Mansbach, and Dustin Thomason. Tea and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow, with some books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount. Purchase tickets early to this event, which is always a sell-out. This event is sponsored by ReferenceUSA.

Selden Edwards (“The Lost Prince,” Dutton/Penguin, March 2012) is the author of “The Little Book.” He spent his career as headmaster at several independent schools across the country and for more than 40 years has been secretary of his Princeton class, where he also played basketball. He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Jane Green (“Another Piece of My Heart,” St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, March 2012) is the author of 12 best-selling novels, dealing with real women, real life and all the things in-between, As well as writing a daily blog,, she contributes to various publications, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Wowowow and Self. A passionate cook, most weekends see her cooking for a minimum of 20 people in her home in Westport, Conn., where she lives with her husband and their six children.

Andrew Gross (“15 Seconds,” Harper/HarperCollins, Aug. 2012) is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers “Reckless,” “The Blue Zone,” “Don’t Look Twice”and “The Dark Tide,” which was nominated for best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers. He is also coauthor of five number-one bestsellers with James Patterson. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his wife, Lynn.

Adam Mansbach (“Seriously, Just Go to Sleep,” Akashic Books/Consortium, April 2012), is the author of "Go the F**k to Sleep," a #1 New York Times best-seller and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on months before the book was available, it has been published in 36 languages and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. Mansbach’s other books include the novels “The End of the Jews,” winner of the 2008 California Book Award, and "Angry Black White Boy," which is taught at more than 80 universities and has been adapted into a prize-winning stage play. Mansbach’s screenplay “Panarea,” starring Chloe Sevigny and Mark Webber and executive produced by Jim Jarmusch, will shoot this summer in Italy and Sweden.

Dustin Thomason (“12:21,” Dial Press/Random House, Aug. 2012) is co-author of “The Rule of Four.” He was the co-creator of television’s "The Evidence" and an executive producer on the series "Lie To Me." He earned an MD from Columbia University.

Advance tickets to the Gala Author Tea cost $49, $45 for ALTAFF division members. Onsite tickets cost $55. Event code: ALT1. For more information on purchasing tickets and other ALTAFF events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

Members of Friends of the Library groups, Boards of Trustees, and representatives from library Foundations can attend ALTAFF’s nonticketed programs for as little as $35. For more information about registering and ALTAFF events at the conference, visit

Find out about the many other ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits highlights as they’re added — speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more. For general information about the meeting in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit

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