ALA Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2012

Mother-daughter author team to keynote ALA President's Program

CHICAGO - Attendees at this year’s American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference, held June 21-26 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, will get a chance to visit with someone whose name occupies a very special place on their bookshelves.
Readers of modern fiction are very familiar with Jodi Picoult. Her 18 novels are consistently listed among the best-selling books. They include the #1 New York Times best-sellers “House Rules,” “Handle With Care,” “Change of Heart,” “Nineteen Minutes” and “My Sister’s Keeper,” which was made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema in 2009 starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva and Alec Baldwin.
Picoult and daughter Samantha Van Leer will keynote the American Library Association (ALA) President’s Program from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Recently, Picoult co-wrote a young adult novel with her daughter, titled “Between the Lines,” which will be published in June 2012.
A junior in high school, Van Leer conceived the idea for “Between the Lines” and pitched it to her mother while she (Picoult) was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, she plays softball, does contemporary dance and acts and sings in musicals.
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Jennifer Petersen
ALA Media Relations