For immediate release | April 26, 2023

Bestselling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and acclaimed Maysoon Zayid presenting at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association announced that best-selling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and actress, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will present at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, 2023, in Chicago. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration for the conference is open and advance rates are available.

Best-selling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel will present their latest book, “Proud Mouse,” a lyrical picture book about a proud sister learning to find her own way. Their session will be moderated by John Schu, author of "This Is a School," illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison; "This Is a Story," illustrated by Lauren Castillo; and "The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life." He is also a children’s librarian at Bookelicious and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University.

Acclaimed actress, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will discuss her debut graphic novel, “Shiny Misfits,” a hilarious story about fame and friendship. She is also the author of the best-selling memoir "Find Another Dream."

The Annual Conference & Exhibition will include 200+ education sessions; the News You Can Use series with updates that highlight new research; innovations and advances in libraries; memorable featured authors and celebrity speakers; interactive discussion groups; and networking opportunities.

The conference includes The Library Marketplace, which will showcase more than 550 exhibitors; nine LIVE presentation stages that will highlight notable and genre-specific keynotes; knowledgeable and innovative exhibitors; innovative resources; ARCs, and the Meet the Authors and Autographing Area Program.

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