For immediate release | May 1, 2012

Traveling the Spectrum - George R. R. Martin ('Game of Thrones') and Blake Charlton at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Imagineering Interest Group of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is sponsoring what is sure to be a standing-room only event at 2012 ALA Annual Conference — George R. R. Martin and Blake Charlton in the program Traveling the Spectrum: From Interstellar Adventures to Epic Fantasy, the influence of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the world today from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Ballroom A of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Science Fiction and Fantasy are increasingly mainstream genres. Is this because authors are gearing their works towards a wider audience, or is it because big budget films and television shows are spotlighting the genres? As a means for social commentary, what do modern works have to say about the society that gave them birth? George R. R. Martin and Blake Charlton (both courtesy of Tor Publishing) will address these topics in their session.

George R.R. Martin is the author of more than a dozen novels, but is most famous for his ongoing series "A Song of Ice and Fire," which is the basis of the Emmy-winning HBO series "A Game of Thrones." The books in the series have sold millions of copies and all five have been featured on the New York Times Bestseller list, while the first season of the television series received 13 Emmy nominations. Find out more about George R. R. Martin and his work from his official website.

Blake Charlton is author of the acclaimed novels "Spellwright" and "Spellbound." He is working on his last year of medical clerkships and "Spellbreaker," the final novel in the Spellwright Trilogy. Find out more about Blake Charlton and his work from his official website.

Sponsored by LITA’s Imagineering Interest Group. Both speakers appear courtesy of Tor Publishing.

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