For immediate release | November 9, 2012

Terry Brooks joins Doig, Olsen and Ozeki in ERT/Booklist Author Forum, ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO —Bestselling author Terry Brooks will join previously announced authors Ivan Doig, Greg Olsen and Ruth Ozeki for the popular ERT/Booklist Author Forum that kicks Midwinter off from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Booklist Adult Books Editor Brad Hooper will discuss with all four authors how their books contribute to the thriving of the novel form and the influence of the Pacific Northwest on their work.

Reading "The Lord of the Rings" in college changed Terry Brooks’ life; in it, he discovered all the elements combined that helped him fully explore his own writing in the separate genres of science fiction, western and fiction. A writer since high school now with more than 25 books under his belt (including many New York Times bestsellers), and with two novels selected by the Rocky Mountain News as among the best of 20th-century science fiction/fantasy, he will add a fascinating voice to the panel. Books by this former attorney who lives in the Pacific Northwest include the Genesis of Shannara novels, the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy, and the High Druid of Shannara trilogy. He also wrote the nonfiction book "Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life," and was invited by George Lucas to write the novel based on his screenplay and story "Star Wars®: Episode I The Phantom Menace.™"

Find information about all the authors on the ALA Midwinter Meeting website.

The authors will sign copies of their latest books at their publishers' booths during the Opening Exhibits Reception right after the Author Forum.

Brooks’ appearance is sponsored by Random House, Doig’s by Riverhead Books, Olsen’s by Sterling Publishing Company and Ozeki's by Viking.

Catch up with the Booklist editors, pick up a free copy of the magazine, and learn about the recent additions to the Booklist subscription package at booth 2515 in the exhibit hall at Midwinter. Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers' advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of more than 135,000 reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.

ALAMidwinter Meeting registration and housing are open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place in Seattle, Jan. 25-29.

For attendees who need support in making their case for attending and why they’ll be more valuable to their institutions afterwards, ALA offers resources that include step-by-step guidelines for what information to present, what previous attendees have said about what they took home from ALA conferences and events, a sample budget worksheet, and more.

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