For immediate release | May 1, 2012

Twenty-one acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Sunday features full line-up of best-selling YA fiction authors

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 21 critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors and poets on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 and from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25 in the exhibits hall at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

On Sunday, June 24, the LIVE! Stage will feature a special focus on Young Adult authors with many popular YA authors reading from and signing their most recent works.

Attendees are welcome to take a break from their busy conference schedules and listen to some of their favorite authors read from and autograph their recent works. Located in the back of the 2300 aisle in the exhibits hall, the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is free for all conference attendees.

Authors to be showcased on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage are:

  • Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Juan Felipe Herrera, Tim Hallinan, Lisa Brackmann, Tewodros “Teddy” Fakadu, Gail Tsukiyama, Margaret Dilloway, Javier O. Huerta, Deb Harkness
  • Sunday, June 24 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) – Libba Bray, Laura Harrington, Neal Shusterman, Kenneth Oppel, Sapphire, Paolo Bacigalupi, A.S. King, Mick Carlon
  • Monday, June 25 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman, Malinda Lo, Scott Hutchins, Michael Warr, others TBD

Most readings will be followed by an autograph session. For additional information about these programs, including reading times and author biographies, please visit the LIVE! Stage website. To view more events offered by the Public Programs Office at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, Live! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information on the ALA Public Programs Office, visit


Angela Thullen

Program Officer

Public Programs Office (PPO)