For immediate release | May 16, 2011

Twenty-six acclaimed poets and authors LIVE! at ALA Annual Conference

Reading stage features Mark Doty, Daniel Handler, Tayari Jones, R. Zamora Lindmark, Nalini Singh and more!

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present 26 critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors and poets on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 and from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 in the exhibits hall at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Attendees are welcome to take a break from their busy conference schedules and listen to some of their favorite authors and poets read from and autograph their recent works. Located in the back of the 1400 aisle in the exhibits hall, the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage is free for all conference attendees.

Poets and authors to be showcased on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage are:

  • Saturday, June 25 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Darrell Bourque, Alison Pelegrin, David Rutledge, Sarah Inman, R. Zamora Linmark, Mark Yakich, Mary Kay Andrews, Nalini Singh, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Hadas, Kalamu ya Salaam
  • Sunday, June 26 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Mark Doty, Tayari Jones, Jon Michaud, Eleanor Henderson, Robert Olen Butler, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Cammie McGovern, Peter Lovesy, Kim Richardson, Ellis Avery
  • Monday, June 27 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Daniel Handler, Frances O’Roark Dowell, Sarah Cortez, Tracey Tangerine, Eleanor Brown

Most readings will be followed by an autograph session and the opportunity to purchase the authors’ latest works. For additional information about these programs, including reading times and author biographies, please visit the LIVE! Stage website.

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, Live! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information on the ALA Public Programs Office, visit


Angela Thullen