For immediate release | November 28, 2012

Lisa Genova announced as Arthur Curley Memorial Lecturer, 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Neuroscientist-turned-novelist Lisa Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction by using her immense knowledge of how the brain works in her novels. ALA Midwinter attendees have a chance to hear this unique, popular and moving author at the 2013 Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Genova’s most recent and third novel “Love Anthony” (also her third New York Times best-seller) is about autism. It was an Indie Next Pick for October 2012, described by USA Today’s reviewer as “beautifully written and poignant to the point of heartbreak.” The Booklist review said that “readers will discover a unique portrayal of autism that is highly accessible and, at times, deeply profound. Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions.”

There are well more than 1 million copies of her first novels “Still Alice” and “Left Neglected” in print. “Still Alice” spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year and was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association. It was the No. 6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick and a 2009 Target Book Club pick and has been translated into 25 languages. “Left Neglected,” also a New York Times best-seller that spent seven weeks on the hardcover fiction list and six weeks on the trade paperback list, was the No. 1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders “Book You’ll Love” for January 2011 and the No. 4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011.

Genova travels worldwide, speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s Disease. She has appeared on “The "Dr. Oz Show,” “The Diane Rehm Show,” CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and “Canada AM” and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, “To Not Fade Away.”

Lisa Genova’s appearance is sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

The Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture series commemorates Arthur Curley’s lifelong dedication to the principles of intellectual freedom and free public access to information. A champion of the arts and of the library’s role as a center that can transform the community, Curley was director of the Boston Public Library and served as ALA president. Past speakers include Al Gore, Neil Gaiman, Jamal Joseph, and Richard Rhodes.

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