For immediate release | February 4, 2016

Anand Giridharadas added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of Anand Giridharadas to the PLA 2016 Conference BIG IDEAS Series on Saturday, April 9 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Giridharadas is a writer. He is a New York Times columnist, writing the biweekly “Letter from America.” He is the author, most recently, of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. In 2011 he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left. His datelines include Italy, India, China, Dubai, Norway, Japan, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria, Uruguay, and the United States. He has also written for The Times‘s arts, business, and travel pages, and its Book Review, Sunday Review, and magazine.

Giridharadas appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Morning Joe, and The Daily Show. He has given talks on the main stage of TED and at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Institute, Summit at Sea, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the Asia Society, PopTech and Google. Giridharadas lectures on a wide range of topics, bringing a special cultural take to his subjects, whether it’s the prospects for America’s future or the rise of the non-Western powers or the relationship between humans and our technologies. His BIG IDEAS presentation will focus on inequality, Islamaphobia, and the True American.

The BIG IDEAS Series will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings during the PLA Conference and feature big ideas to impact and empower the way attendees think, act, and work. Giridharadas joins a remarkable collection of thought-provoking presenters scheduled for the series, including Vernā Myers and Sherry Turkle.

Offered biennially, the PLA Conference is the premier event for public libraries, drawing thousands of librarians, library support staff, trustees, friends, and library vendors from across the country and around the world. Find complete details at and join us in Denver!

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

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Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing