For immediate release | May 2, 2019

Author Ann Patchett to speak at 2019 PLA Member Welcome Breakfast

CHICAGO -- The New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will be the special guest speaker, courtesy of HarperCollins, at the Public Library Association's (PLA) Member Welcome Breakfast at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, PhD will host the Breakfast during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its 2019 Awards and Grants. The Breakfast will take place Saturday, June 22, 8:30 -10:00 a.m. Eastern, in Marquis Ballroom Salon 1-5 of the Marriott Marquis Washington DC Hotel. Attendance is reserved exclusively for PLA members and tickets (available free of charge to PLA personal members) are required.

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006; and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What now?, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

Ticket Information

This event is complimentary to PLA members, but a ticket is required for admittance. Limit one complimentary ticket per member. PLA members can receive their complimentary ticket by selecting the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast (event code: PLA2) as a ticketed event during their initial ALA Annual Conference registration or by adding it later using the unique link found in their registration e-mail confirmation. Additional information regarding ticketed events at ALA Annual can be found on the conference website. Add to your schedule (login required) and/or download to your calendar (via the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler).

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About PLA

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

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Laurence Deutsch

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Public Library Association (PLA)