For immediate release | January 6, 2015

Jason Segel, Auditorium Speaker at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Well known for his work in television and film, actor, comedian and screenwriter Jason Segel will appear as Auditorium Speaker from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Segel made his debut as a children's book author in 2014 with the first installment of his middle-grade trilogy "Nightmares!" (co-written by Kirsten Miller), with the second in the series, "Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic" due for publication in September 2015. At its heart, "Nightmares!" is about kids overcoming their fears, inspired in part by Segel’s own childhood struggle with nightmares. “Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me,” he said.

Segel will next star in James Ponsoldt's dramatic biopic, "The End of the Tour," in which he portrays writer David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg. The film will premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He most recently starred opposite Cameron Diaz in Jake Kasdan's "Sex Tape," and also co-starred with Diaz in Kasdan's "Bad Teacher." Segel landed his first major leading role as "Peter" in Nicholas Stoller's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," which he also wrote. He wrote a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets, a personal idea and passion he incorporated into the film, emboldening him to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie. He and Stoller wrote "The Muppets," which won an Academy Award in 2012 for Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet," written by Bret McKenzie and performed by Segel. Segel also collaborated with Stoller to write and co-produce the film "Get Him to the Greek." Segel's other film credits include "Knocked Up" (recognized by the People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy, nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie and named one of AFI's Top Ten Films of the Year), "This is 40," (nominated for a 2013 Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie), "The Five-Year Engagement," "I Love You, Man," "Jeff Who Lives at Home," "Despicable Me" and "Slackers," among many others.

On television, Segel starred as "Marshall" on the CBS hit comedy series "How I Met Your Mother." During the show's nine season run, it was nominated for an Emmy(r) for Outstanding Comedy Series, a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Show: Comedy. He also starred in Judd Apatow's Emmy(r) nominated television series "Freaks and Geeks" for NBC as well as Apatow's "Undeclared" for FOX.

Segel’s appearance at ALA Midwinter Meeting is sponsored by Random House Children’s Books.

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