For immediate release | June 21, 2016

Meet comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone at the ALA Annual Conference

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone will be signing at the Recorded Books booth (1951) at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Sunday, June 26, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Conference attendees can pick up an autographed card and a free download of Poundstone’s book “There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say” as well as an excerpt from her new audio release “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!”

A popular panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” Poundstone voiced the character Forgetter Paula in “Inside Out,” the Oscar-winning movie from Disney Pixar. Her long list of successes include being the first woman to perform stand-up at the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, the first woman to win the CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special, her own series on ABC and HBO, several stand-up specials on HBO, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up.

The first CD of “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!” was recorded at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wis., and the second was recorded at the historic Aladdin Theater in Portland, Ore. Said Poundstone, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.”

Poundstone will also appear at United for Libraries’ The Laugh’s On Us sponsored by SAGE Publishing, a ticketed event at the conference that will also feature Dave Barry, Phoebe Robinson, Nora McInerny Purmort, and Tara Clancy.

An avid reader and library user, Poundstone has helped raise awareness for Friends of the Library groups as national spokesperson for United for Libraries since 2008.

For information on United for Libraries programs at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Wentworth at (312) 280-2161 or

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