For immediate release | October 24, 2019

Olympic Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani are Auditorium Speakers at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia

Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, are two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time world medalists, Four Continents Figure Skating Champions, and two-time U.S. National Champions. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, they became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics and are only the second sibling duo in the history of the sport to share an ice dancing medal. They travel the world and enjoy spending time together (most of the time), eating food (all of the time), and meeting new people (any time!). This session will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30am - 10:30am at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

KUDO KIDS: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist is the first in a middle-grade series that marks the writing debut of Maia and Alex Shibutani. Co-authored by Michelle Schusterman, recognized by the American Library Association's 2019 Rainbow Book List, the book is set at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The fun-filled, fast-paced mystery is inspired by the Shibutanis’ own familial bond and experiences traveling the world with Team USA. Available May 2020, just before the 2020 Olympics, the book captures the curiosity and life experiences that the ShibSibs share with their combined 1.4 million followers on social media channels and through their original YouTube videos, with more than 11 million views.

This session is sponsored by Penguin Young Readers.

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Early registration rates are available through Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00 Noon (Central).

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